Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Ruiz wants Joshua rematch in New York, Hearn warns of legal action
World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has said he would like his title rematch with Anthony Joshua in December to be in New York instead of Saudi Arabia as announced. Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn, who said this week that both parties had signed up to the fight in Diriyah, near Riyadh, raised the threat of legal action if the Mexican-American refused the terms set out.
Talks break down, U.S. women's soccer team turn to court
The female players who sued the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) for equal pay reported that talks broke down on Wednesday and said they were now turning their attention to the courts where they are "eagerly look forward to a jury trial". Some 28 players took USSF to court in March alleging they were consistently paid less than their male counterparts even though their performance has been superior to the men's team.
Video shows McGregor punching man in pub
A video surfaced Thursday of UFC star Conor McGregor punching an older man in a pub in Dublin in April. The video, obtained by TMZ, shows McGregor twice putting a glass in front of the older man, purportedly to pour McGregor's whiskey brand. The man twice moves the glass away from him before McGregor shoots out his left fist to hit him in the face.
Agent: Cousins has torn ACL
Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a workout in Las Vegas, his agent told ESPN on Thursday. The four-time All-Star's entire 2019-20 season is in jeopardy considering his recent injury history and the typical nine-month recovery window.
Federer beaten by Russian qualifier Rublev in Cincinnati
A fearless Andrey Rublev outfoxed Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday. The Russian qualifier broke the third seeded Swiss in his first two service games and won 81% of his first serve points to wrap up the upset in just over an hour.
Barty and Sakkari to meet after marathon wins in Cincinnati
Top seed Ash Barty overcame 49 unforced errors and a stiff challenge from Anett Kontaveit to reach the quarter-finals with a 4-6 7-5 7-5 win of the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday. On a day of epic three-set battles, French Open champion Barty needed more than two hours to tame her Estonian rival, rifling a forehand winner on match point.
Jeter: No decision on Mattingly managing Marlins in '20
Don Mattingly is in the final months of his contract with the Miami Marlins but remains hopeful his tenure as manager isn't over. Mattingly, 58, and Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter said they are in the initial stages of discussing the franchise's future.
Kyrgios fined $113,000 for Cincinnati outburst
The ATP has fined Nick Kyrgios a total of $113,000 following his second-round loss at the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday, when the Australian argued loudly with the chair umpire and smashed several rackets. The fines included five charges of unsportsmanlike conduct totalling $85,000, $20,000 for verbal abuse, $5,000 for audible obscenity and $3,000 for leaving the court.
U.S. safety agencies investigate plane crash involving racecar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr
Two U.S. safety agencies are investigating the crash of a small plane in Tennessee on Thursday that was carrying retired racecar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter, officials said. Earnhardt's sister Kelley said on Twitter the two pilots of the Cessna Citation and three family members were safe and being taken to a hospital for observation. There were no serious injuries, according to officials in Tennessee cited by media.
Major League Baseball and FanDuel strike sports betting deal
Major League Baseball and FanDuel on Thursday announced a multi-year agreement that makes the sportsbook operator an official gaming partner of the U.S. professional league. It is MLB's first partnership with FanDuel, a unit of Flutter Entertainment PLC. FanDuel already has similar agreements with the National Basketball Association and its Brooklyn Nets team, as well as the National Hockey League and its New Jersey Devils team.