Kylian Mbappé sustained a fractured nose and will need to wear a mask to play on at Euro 2024

DUSSELDORF, Germany — Kylian Mbappé suffered a broken nose during France’s 1-0 win against Austria at the European Championship on Monday and will have to wear a protective mask if he plays on at the tournament. The World Cup winning striker had to be substituted after colliding with Austria’s Kevin Danso during the Group D … Read more

Novak Djokovic withdraws from the French Open with an injured right knee

PARIS — PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic pulled out of the the French Open with an injured knee on Tuesday, an abrupt end to his title defense and to his current stay at No. 1 in the rankings. “I am really sad to announce that I have to withdraw from #rolandgarros,” Djokovic posted on social … Read more

Simone Biles cruises to 9th national title and gives Olympic champ Sunisa Lee a boost along the way

FORT WORTH, Texas — There used to be a time when Simone Biles would find “beauty in the blindness” ahead of the Olympics, reveling in not knowing what she didn’t know. That was eight years ago. Back when she was still just a teenager. Still kind of “ditzy.” Those days are long gone. The evidence … Read more

Skye Blakely ‘shut down’ after the 2021 Olympic trials. A mental coach helped bring her back

FORT WORTH, Texas — Skye Blakely didn’t want to hear it. Just like most teenagers whenever their parents offer to help. Stephanie and Steven Blakely approached their youngest daughter twice in the aftermath of the 2021 Olympic trials — a meet that ended with the 16-year-old’s left elbow requiring surgery, ending any shot she had … Read more

Skye Blakely ‘shut down’ after the 2021 Olympic trials. A mental coach helped bring her back

FORT WORTH, Texas — Skye Blakely didn’t want to hear it. Just like most teenagers whenever their parents offer to help. Stephanie and Steven Blakely approached their youngest daughter twice in the aftermath of the 2021 Olympic trials — a meet that ended with the 16-year-old’s left elbow requiring surgery, ending any shot she had … Read more

UFC set to debut new fighter gloves designed to minimize eye pokes

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — UFC is set to unveil a new glove designed in large part to stunt eye pokes that often render fighters unable to continue, the first major change of the protective equipment in more than a decade. The global MMA leader made the impact-absorbing gloves mandatory, starting with Saturday’s UFC 302 card … Read more

Braves’ Acuña expects to go on injured list after left knee buckles during game vs. Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Ronald Acuña Jr. left the Atlanta Braves’ 8-1 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning on Sunday after his left knee buckled, and he expects to go on the 10-day injured list. The reigning NL MVP led off the game with a double to right-center field off Martín Pérez. With Marcell … Read more

Concussion replacements added for Copa America under the pink substitution pass system

LUQUE, Paraguay — Coaches at next month’s Copa America will be able to make a 6th and extra substitution in cases of suspected head trauma or concussion. South American soccer’s governing body CONMEBOL announced the decision Tuesday, making it valid for all its competitions once the Copa America starts in the United States on June … Read more

German men with the strongest fingers compete in Bavaria’s ‘Fingerhakeln’ wrestling championship

BERNBEUREN, Germany — Despite the threat of dislocated fingers and strained muscles, over 150 Bavarian men came together Sunday to compete in Germany’s unique national championship of “Fingerhakeln,” or finger wrestling. The “finger wrestlers” met in a big beer tent in the small southern village of Bernbeuren. Around 1,000 visitors cheered on the all-male contestants … Read more

Forsberg and Beauvillier each get a goal and an assist and Predators knock off Canucks 4-1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Filip Forsberg scored a goal and had an assist, and the Nashville Predators beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Tuesday night to level their best-of-seven playoff series at 1-1. Anthony Beauvillier — a former Canuck — also had a goal and an assist for the Predators, Colton Sissons and Kiefer Sherwood … Read more