Sports Digest: NBA vaccination rate close to 95%, including players who received an injection



BASKETBALL

The NBA has seen an increase in vaccination rates in recent days taking into account players who have received at least one of the necessary shots, a person with first-hand knowledge of the situation said Thursday.

The league-wide rate is now around 95% counting those who are at least in the immunization process, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the NBA nor the National Basketball Players Association have released the figure.

Based on an approximate number of almost 600 players in the league right now for training camps – that number will be closer to 500 when the regular season begins on October 19 and the rosters are reduced – the figure of 95% would suggest that on average one player per team is not vaccinated.

ESPN first reported the 95% figure. Earlier in the week, AP reported that the league-wide rate entering the week was 90% and rising.

The NBA gave teams interim health and safety protocols for the season on Tuesday, detailing how players who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination will be tested much more often than their vaccinated colleagues and will face many more. restrictions.

GOLF

PGA: Rookie Sahith Theegala put his tee shots on the line and made it easy from there for an 8-under-64 and a one-stroke lead over Nick Watney and Harold Varner III in the Sanderson Farms Championship at Jackson, Mississippi.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia, the only Ryder Cup player on the pitch last week, birdied two in a 70-bogey-less round that left him six shots behind.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Tyrrell Hatton quickly overcame the disappointment of Europe’s heavy loss at the Ryder Cup last week, taking a part of the first-round lead in St. Andrews, Scotland at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, an event that he won twice.

Traditionally playing the toughest of the tournament’s three courses, Hatton shot an 8-under-64 at Carnoustie to equalize for the lead with Nicolas Colsaerts, Adri Arnaus (both at St. Andrews) and Li Haotong (Kingsbarns).

Each player in the 168-player field plays a round at all three venues, before the final round takes place in St. Andrews.

TENNIS

SAN DIEGO OPEN: Denis Shapovalov erased a big deficit and six set points in Game 1 en route to a 7-6 (7), 6-2 victory over Taylor Fritz to reach his first quarter-final since Wimbledon.

CHICAGO CLASSIC: Ons Jabeur overcame a slow start to beat Jessica Pegula 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 and qualify for number 1 seed Elina Svitolina, who beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse, 6-3, 6-3 .

Other seeds who reached the quarter-finals included No.2 Garbine Muguruza, No.3 Belinda Bencic, No.5 Elena Rybakina and No.10 Danielle Collins.

BOXING

OLYMPIC GAMES: Boxing matches at the 2016 Olympics were set by referees and judges “complicit and compliant,” according to an investigation.

Investigator Richard McLaren was appointed by the International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, and found that AIBA officials had selected referees and judges to ensure matches could be handled during Olympic qualifying and the Rio de Janeiro Games. He also found signs that the London 2012 Olympics were affected.

“Key personnel decided that the rules did not apply to them,” said McLaren, who added that there was a “culture of fear, intimidation and obedience in the ranks of referees and officials. judges “.

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