Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Serena, Osaka top Forbes list of best-paid female athletes
Naomi Osaka's Grand Slam title wins at the U.S. and Australian Opens have helped catapult the Japanese tennis player up to second, behind Serena Williams, in Forbes' list https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2019/08/06/the-highest-paid-female-athletes-2019-serena-and-osaka-dominate/#5216879b2fcc of the highest-paid female athletes over the last year. Williams, a 23-times Grand Slam champion, topped the annual list for a fourth consecutive year with estimated total earnings of $29.2 million, the business magazine said.
Kaepernick message: 'Still Ready'
Colin Kaepernick last played in Week 17 of the 2016 season, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is not ready to give up on an NFL career. In a post from his Twitter account on Wednesday, Kaepernick wrote: "5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready."
Tour de France winner Bernal gets hero's welcome in hometown
Cyclist Egan Bernal, the first Latin American to win the Tour de France, got a hero's welcome from thousands of fans in his hometown of Zipaquira, Colombia, on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Bernal, the youngest rider to win the race in 110 years, promised a cheering crowd in the main square of this small Andean city that he would pursue further triumphs.
Halep survives Brady test to reach last 16 in Toronto
Wimbledon champion Simona Halep survived a stern test from American qualifier Jennifer Brady with a 4-6 7-5 7-6(5) victory to reach the last 16 on Wednesday and keep alive her hopes of a second consecutive Rogers Cup title. Halep, playing her first match since her Wimbledon triumph, built a 4-0 cushion in the deciding set but had to dig deep after Brady mounted an strong comeback.
Soccer: FIFA dragging its feet in Afghan sex abuse scandal, says coach
World soccer's governing body FIFA has been dragging its feet and needs to urgently widen the investigation into a sexual abuse scandal involving Afghan women players, national coach Kelly Lindsey said in a letter to FIFA boss Gianni Infantino. The former president of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), Keramuddin Keram, was banned from football in June for life after FIFA's ethics committee found him guilty of abusing his position and sexually abusing female players.
Saudi Arabia to host world's richest horse race in 2020
Saudi Arabia will host the world's richest horse race in Riyadh at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack next year, with a purse of $20 million up for grabs, the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia said on Thursday. The Saudi Cup, which will be run over nine furlongs (1800 meters) on dirt on Feb. 29, will have a maximum 14 runners, with the winner set to land $10 million.
Tiger admits back is still a challenge ahead of Northern Trust
Tiger Woods addressed the media after playing a modified nine holes Wednesday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., ahead of the Northern Trust Open and FedEx Cup Playoffs, and reiterated what he's said all season regarding the state of his game and health: "It's a challenge." "I learned a lot last year by playing too much, coming back from my procedure and not knowing what to expect. I pushed it pretty hard and vowed I'd never do that again," he told reporters.
Illinois senators request MLB foul ball-injury data
Another foul ball led to an injury at a baseball stadium over the weekend, sparking a request from two Illinois senators for data from Major League Baseball surrounding such instances and the league's response to them. Democratic senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin made the request and said they plan to create a working database on stadium safety.
Nadal shakes off slow start to reach Montreal third round
Top seed and defending champion Rafa Nadal overcame a slow start to beat British qualifier Dan Evans 7-6(6) 6-4 on Wednesday and reach the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Nadal, playing his first match since losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals, fell behind 5-2 in the tiebreak before roaring back to prevail in his first career meeting with world number 53 Evans.
Bears to unveil Payton, Halas statues before opener
The Chicago Bears will unveil statues of Hall of Famers Walter Payton and George Halas at Soldier Field on Sept. 3, two days before kicking off their centennial season. The 12-foot, 3,000-pound bronze statues honoring the legendary running back and franchise founder were announced by the team Wednesday.