Austria set up a European Women’s Championship tie with Germany on Thursday by eliminating Norway 1-0 on Friday in Brighton, England. At Nicole Billa’s the header took the victory that sealed second place in Group A, leaving Norway in third place despite being able to deploy the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg. The Austrian women’s football team are playing in only their second European Championship after reaching the semi-finals in 2017. “We fought until the end, trying to take the last hopes and the desire to score from the Norway,” said Billa, who plays for Hoffenheim. “I am very happy that we are playing against Germany. I know a lot of familiar Bundesliga faces there and I haven’t seen some of them for a while. This is the second consecutive exit in the phase of groups for Norway, although this time the two-time European champions won unlike 2017. The group was won by hosts England, who beat Northern Ireland, 5-0, in Southampton, behind two goals in five minutes of Alessia Russo. England coach Sarina Wiegman missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19. England will face Spain or Denmark on Wednesday in the quarter-finals, depending on which team finishes second in Group B.
Court of Arbitration Upholds Russia Ban
Russia remains barred from international football competitions, including the Champions League, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed appeals from the national football federation and four clubs. The CAS upheld UEFA and FIFA decisions that excluded Russian national teams and clubs following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The decision added that UEFA and FIFA had not exceeded their authority in dealing with “unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances”. CAS said it was regrettable that UEFA and FIFA’s decisions following the invasion had “such a negative effect” on Russian football. Russia had been excluded this year from qualifying for the Men’s World Cup and the Women’s European Championship, and its clubs withdrawn from European competitions… Sporting Kansas City defender Kortne Ford was suspended for 10 MLS games and fined 20% of his annual salary for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Ford made 12 appearances, making nine starts in his first season with the team… the American defender auston faithful was loaned out to second-tier Birmingham City from Arsenal for the 2022-23 season before the 23-year-old played his first game for the Gunners. Trusty moved from Colorado to Arsenal in January, then went on loan to the Rapids and has made 16 MLS appearances this season. Trusty has twice been invited to the senior national team camp but has yet to make his debut.
Controversial goalkeeper Richie Incognito retires
Quadruple Pro Bowl Guard Richie Incognito retired after a turbulent 15-year career. The 39-year-old has played his last three seasons with the Raiders. He also had two stints with the Bills and spent time with the Dolphins and St. Louis Rams. Incognito pushed the boundaries of fair play and was fined numerous times for what was considered improper play. He was also suspended by the Dolphins for misconduct towards a teammate and some opponents alleged he used racial slurs…Chiefs and Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. failed to reach a long-term deal by Friday’s deadline, leaving the side protector blind for the quarterback Patrick Mahomes play on the franchise tag this season. The Chiefs made a six-year, nearly $140 million final pitch, with $30.25 million guaranteed to sign, which would have made Brown one of the highest-paid left tackles in the league. But it’s unclear how much of the total deal was secured, and that’s likely what kept the sides from reaching an agreement.
Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas lead LPGA team event
Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas shot a 6-under par 64 in alternating play to take a four-shot lead at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland, Michigan. Kupcho and Salas had a combined 17-under 193 with a best-ball left round at Midland Country Club, birdie three of the last five holes in a bogey-free round. Mathilde Castren and Kelly Tan were second after a 67. Second-round leaders Pauline Roussin and Dewi Weber (73) fell to a tie for third at 11 under with Tiffany Chan and Haeji Kang (69). Annika Sorenstam and Madeleine Sagstromtied for the lead in the first round, were tied for 18th at 7 under after a 72. Sorenstam, 51, is making his second LPGA Tour start of the year and only his third since retiring after the season 2008… Chez Reavie hit a long chip shot for the Eagle on the par-5 sixth hole and took a 3-point lead in the PGA Barracuda Championship in Truckee, Calif. getting 5 points for the eagle and 14 for seven birdies. Players also receive 8 points for albatross, while 1 point is deducted for bogey and 3 taken out for double bogey or worse. Reavie played the front nine back in his morning round, birding four. He added birdies on No. 3 and 4, had the eagle on No. 6 and birdied No. 8 to take a total of 28 points on the weekend. Marc Hubbardtied for first round lead with Charley Hoffman with 13 points, was tied for second with Henrik Norlander at 25 points. Hubbard had a 12-point round and Norlander a 14-point.
Jonquel Jones leads Sun in rout of Dream
Jonquel Jones scored 21 points and the Connecticut Sun never trailed in a 93-68 victory over the Atlanta Dream in College Park, Ga. Jones was 5 of 9 from the field, 2 of 3 from 3-point range and 9 of 10 on the free throw line. Natisha Hiedeman added 13 points for Connecticut (16-8). The Sun moved into a tie with the Seattle Storm for third in the WNBA rankings, one game behind the second-placed Las Vegas Aces and two games behind defending champion Chicago Sky. Tiffany Hayes led Atlanta (10-14) with 18 points and AD Durr had 12… In Triple A baseball, Christine Stewart went 2 for 3 with three RBIs in the Worcester Red Sox’ 6-2 win at the Norfolk Tides… In Double A, Bryan Mata struck out seven of five in five innings and Christian Kos hit a two-run homer to help the Portland Sea Dogs to a 5-0 victory over the Somerset Patriots at Hadlock Field… Third seed Alexander Bublik defeated the sixth seed Andy Murray7-5, 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Open tennis tournament in Newport, RI, while Jason Kubler clinched the eighth seed James Duckworth7-5, 7-6 (7-3)… Attempting to qualify for their first Cricket World Cup, USA lost to the Netherlands by seven wickets in the semi-finals of a qualifying tournament in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.