Sports News Roundup: Tennis-Djokovic to play Indian Wells for first time since 2019; NFL-Football fans in Las Vegas embrace 'Taylor Swift effect' before Super Bowl and more

A record 67.8 million American adults are expected to bet $23.1 billion on Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers and the NFLPA said it fully supports league rules to punish players betting on football. Women's Top 25 roundup: No. 24 Oklahoma extends win streak Skylar Vann scored 17 points as No. 24 Oklahoma won its seventh straight game, securing a 72-55 win over TCU on Wednesday evening in Norman, Okla.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 08-02-2024 10:35 IST | Created: 08-02-2024 10:29 IST
Sports News Roundup: Tennis-Djokovic to play Indian Wells for first time since 2019; NFL-Football fans in Las Vegas embrace 'Taylor Swift effect' before Super Bowl and more
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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

NFL-No known threats but Super Bowl security is tight - Mayorkas

There are no known threats to Sunday's Super Bowl in Las Vegas but security will be tight, officials told a press conference on Wednesday which played out at the same time someone scaled the Sphere in what police called a "publicity stunt". "To be clear there are no known, credible or specific threats to the Super Bowl or Las Vegas at this time but we are vigilant and we are prepared," Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.

Lightning D Mikhail Sergachev leaves game on stretcher

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev left Wednesday's game against the host New York Rangers on a stretcher because of a lower-body injury. With 13:04 remaining in the second period and the Rangers holding a 1-0 lead, Sergachev and New York's Alexis Lafreniere were going for the puck along the left boards in Tampa Bay's defensive zone. The players collided, and Sergachev fell backward onto the ice and was clutching his left leg.

NFL-Players seek common sense updates to gambling and playing fields

Gambling and grass are two things that need to be examined and common sense updates made, said the head of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) on Wednesday. A record 67.8 million American adults are expected to bet $23.1 billion on Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers and the NFLPA said it fully supports league rules to punish players betting on football.

Women's Top 25 roundup: No. 24 Oklahoma extends win streak

Skylar Vann scored 17 points as No. 24 Oklahoma won its seventh straight game, securing a 72-55 win over TCU on Wednesday evening in Norman, Okla. Vann also had three rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Sooners (16-6, 10-1 Big 12), who are now in first place in the conference. Payton Verhulst added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists for Oklahoma, while Kiersten Johnson chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds.

Bankers: Saudis threaten prison time for aiding PGA-LIV probe

As a U.S. Senate committee investigates the possibility of a PGA Tour merger with LIV Golf, bankers and consultants who advise Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund have testified that they face "criminal and financial penalties" if they cooperate with the probe. According to a report by Bloomberg News, the PIF sued its advisers in a Saudi court last November preventing them from sharing information with the U.S. Senate committee on homeland security and governmental affairs.

NHL suspends Jets D Brenden Dillon for 3 games without pay

The NHL suspended Winnipeg Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon for three games without pay on Wednesday evening for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Noel Acciari during Tuesday's game. Dillon, 33, had a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday. Based on his average annual salary, he will forfeit $60,937.50 under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

WTA roundup: Ons Jageur reaches quarterfinals at Abu Dhabi

Second seed Ons Jabeur advanced to her first quarterfinal match on tour this year with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Emma Raducanu on Wednesday in the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open in the United Arab Emirates. Jabeur of Tunisa won 82.8 percent of her first serve points (24 of 29), to 53.1 percent (26 of 49) for Great Britain's Raducanu, the 2021 U.S. Open champion.

NFL-Kelce thinking about Super Bowl bling not engagement rings

Travis Kelce admits he has been thinking about a ring, the Super Bowl variety he hopes to win on Sunday when his Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers and not the engagement one for girlfriend Taylor Swift that has social media buzzing. Speculation Kelce might get down on one knee at centre field after the Super Bowl and pop the question to his pop superstar girlfriend has had Swift's army of fans known as 'Swifties' in a tither and hardcore football fans scratching their heads.

NFL-Football fans in Las Vegas embrace 'Taylor Swift effect' before Super Bowl

Pop superstar Taylor Swift is no distraction to the upcoming Super Bowl -- she's an enhancement, excited fans in Las Vegas told Reuters on Wednesday. The run-up to Sunday's blockbuster clash between Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers has been dominated by stories surrounding the relationship between Swift and her boyfriend Travis Kelce, the Chiefs tight end.

Tennis-Djokovic to play Indian Wells for first time since 2019

Novak Djokovic is expected to return to Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open next month after a five-year hiatus due to COVID-19 and U.S. travel restrictions, according to the entry list released on Wednesday by tournament organisers. Also featured in the men's lineup is three-times Indian Wells champion Rafa Nadal, who missed last month's Australian Open due to a muscle tear but has since been included on the entry list for a Feb. 19-24 ATP 250 event in Doha.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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