John Wroblewski named the coach of US women’s national hockey team

Nicklaus: No interest in running the Saudi league

Jack Nicklaus says he met with a Saudi Arabian group out of courtesy and had “no interest” in running a competing golf circuit now run by Greg Norman. “I don’t care what kind of money they would have thrown at me. My allegiance is with the PGA Tour,” Nicklaus said at his annual press conference in Dublin, Ohio, in front of the memorial. “I grew up on the PGA Tour. I helped found the PGA Tour as it is today. My loyalty is there and it will stay there.” Nicklaus was unusually brief, with three questions relating to the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf Invitational series, which is due to start next week outside London and has an eight-tournament schedule, five of them in the United States. Norman hasn’t announced the 48-man field that will compete for $20 million in single play and $5 million for a team concept. The PGA Tour and European Tour have denied their players release citing threats of losing their membership. Nicklaus had said in an interview with the Firepit Collective that the Saudi group had offered him “a little over $100 million,” adding the job was “probably similar” to what Norman is doing. In the Firepit Collective story, Nicklaus said he verbally and in writing declined the offer.


Both of Embiid’s hands required surgery

Joel Embiid of Philadelphia underwent surgery on both hands on Tuesday.Chris Szagola/Associated Press

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid underwent surgery for a sprained right thumb and injury to his left index finger. None of the procedures carried out on Monday are expected to affect Embiid’s availability for the training camp. Embiid averaged 23.6 points and 10.7 rebounds in the postseason despite playing with the hand injuries. The thumb injury happened in the opening round against Toronto. Embiid, 28, led the NBA last season with a career-best average of 30.6 points in 68 games. The 7-footer from Cameroon also averaged 11.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists, helping Philadelphia reach the Eastern Conference semifinals for a second straight season. . . The Cleveland Cavaliers hired former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton as JB Bickerstaff’s assistant. Walton, 42, ended his 11-year NBA career as a player with the Cavaliers in 2012 before becoming a coach. He played for the Lakers for nine years, winning NBA titles in 2009 and 2010. Walton coached the Lakers from 2017-19 before going to Sacramento. He spent more than two seasons with the Kings but was fired after a 6-11 start last season. He also served as an assistant at Golden State and won a title in 2015. . . North Carolina State guard Terquavion Smith is returning for his second season after going through the NBA draft process. . . With quarterback Tom Brady watching from the field, A’ja Wilson had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Jackie Young had 21 points as the hosts Las Vegas Aces (9-1) defeated the Connecticut Sun 89-81 in a battle for the top spot defeated WNBA teams in every conference. DeWanna Bonner had 14 points, Alyssa Thomas had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, and Jonquel Jones added 8 points and 13 rebounds for Connecticut (6-3).


Abramovich responds by suing for sanctions

Roman Abramovich has filed a lawsuit in the EU court against the Council of the European Union, which had imposed sanctions on the former Chelsea owner as part of measures taken against Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s close allies. The EU in March added the Russian oligarch to its list of people targeted by asset freezes and travel bans over his role in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Abramovich was forced to sell Chelsea after being sanctioned by the British government for facilitating Putin’s “brutal and barbaric invasion” of Ukraine. The $3.2 billion sale of the Premier League club — the highest price ever paid for a sports team — was completed Monday by a consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers part owner Todd Boehly. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said Portuguese authorities have confirmed that Abramovich’s sale of Chelsea will not benefit him or any company associated with him and that the proceeds will only be released for humanitarian activities in Ukraine.

Berhalter kicks goalie question aside

Former Revs keeper Matt Turner to become US national team keeper?Barry Chin/Globe Staff

With the U.S. men’s national team’s goaltending position so uncertain for 30 years, coach Gregg Berhalter said if he wouldn’t be comfortable starting Zack Steffen, Matt Turner or Ethan Horvath at the World Cup if they don’t play regularly for their premier league clubs. Steffen, 29, has made just one league appearance for Manchester City this season. The 27-year-old Turner will join Arsenal from the New England Revolution as a replacement for Aaron Ramsdale next month. Horvath, 26, had just six league games at Nottingham Forest ahead of Sunday’s promotion playoff final. “I’m not sure the question needs to be answered now,” Berhalter said on Tuesday, a day before the US team plays Morocco in an exhibition in Cincinnati. “I think it’s time to just let all of this sink in. And in this case, that’s the beauty of it. So what we can do is assess the situation.” . . . Bayern Munich midfielder Malik Tillman has been cleared by FIFA for a transfer from Germany to the USA three days after his 20th birthday. Tillman was born in Germany to a father in the US military and a German mother. He played for the US U15 national team and Germany at several youth levels in 2016. . . Charlotte fired coach Miguel Angel Ramírez after just 14 league games of the MLS season (5-8-1). No explanation was given for the dismissal. Assistant coach Christian Lattanzio will act as interim manager for the remainder of the season. Assistant coach Mikel Antía, head fitness coach Cristobal Fuentes Nieto and first-team video analyst Luis Piedrahita were also fired. . . Atlanta United defender Ronald Hernández will be out for 3-4 months after suffering a knee ligament injury on Saturday. Atlanta said the injury will prevent him from being called up to the Venezuela national team for international caps.


Portland falls, Worcester wins in extra innings

Christian Koss hit a grand slam in the eighth inning and ran a run in the 10th, but it wasn’t enough for the Portland Sea Dogs, who lost 6-5 in walkoff fashion to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium . . . Connor Wong’s double brought home Yolmer Sanchez as the Worcester Red Sox beat the Syracuse Mets 9-8 in 10 innings at Polar Park.

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