Sports News Roundup: Jays win seventh straight, Yankees fall out of contention for AL wild card; Imafidon puts Hamilton’s diversity push into practice, and more.

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The following is a rundown of the most recent sports news briefs.

Imafidon puts Hamilton’s diversity push into action in motor racing.

George Imafidon has progressed from a childhood passion for repairing bicycles in his mother’s back garden to working with two of motorsport’s greatest world champions, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Loeb. His journey has taken him from Peckham, one of London’s most racially diverse neighborhoods, to the Saudi Arabian deserts, Senegal’s Atlantic coast, and Greenland’s glaciers.

MLB roundup: The Blue Jays win their seventh straight game, while the Yankees fall out of contention for the AL wild card.

The Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to seven games with a 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered in the ninth inning after Teoscar Hernandez hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the seventh. The loss dropped the Yankees out of first place in the American League wild-card race. The Blue Jays are now 1 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees, who are now a half-game behind the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees have now lost five straight games.

No racism was involved in Glik’s altercation with England’s Walker, according to Soccer Poland.

During a heated mass brawl in Wednesday’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Warsaw, Poland’s players denied racially abusing England defender Kyle Walker. FIFA said it was looking into the brawl that erupted after Poland’s Kamil Glik collided with fellow defender Walker after the halftime whistle.

Raducanu and Fernandez, both teenagers, are aiming for their first Grand Slam final.

Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, who are both one win away from reaching the U.S. Open final, have beaten an Olympic champion and two former Grand Slam winners. Raducanu, 18, of the United Kingdom, became the first qualifier to reach the final four at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday, defeating Tokyo Games gold medalist Belinda Bencic.

According to Leicester’s Rodgers, the biannual World Cup would have an impact on quality.

Brendan Rodgers, the manager of Leicester City, said on Thursday that a biennial World Cup would increase player fatigue, lowering match quality and increasing injury risks. FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, is pushing for the event to be held every two years, despite opposition from a number of stakeholders, including the European Leagues.

The NFL’s new season begins amid a squabble over COVID-19 vaccines and testing.

As both parties work to manage the risks of playing in a pandemic, the National Football League (NFL) kicks off another season on Thursday with profound differences of opinion lingering between the league and the union over COVID-19 vaccines and testing. Despite mandating inoculations for staff and coaches, the NFL refuted claims from the players’ union that it did not discuss making COVID-19 vaccines a requirement to play this season.

Tennis-Djokovic says he’s only thinking about the next match, not the Grand Slams on the calendar.

Novak Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals of the US Open on Wednesday, then brushed aside questions about his bid to become the first man to sweep all four majors in the same calendar year since Rod Laver in 1969. Djokovic overcame a sluggish start against the Italian sixth seed to win 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-3 and move one step closer to winning his 21st Grand Slam title.

Pepi makes an immediate impact as the United States defeats Honduras 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier.

On his international debut, Ricardo Pepi scored a goal and assisted on two others as the United States defeated Honduras 4-1 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Wednesday. In San Pedro Sula, the United States fell behind to a diving header by Brayan Moya in the 27th minute and struggled to get going in the first half.

Due to the pandemic, soccer-Japan has withdrawn from hosting the Club World Cup.

Because of the COVID-19 situation in Japan, the Japan Football Association (JFA) has withdrawn from hosting the 2021 Club World Cup, FIFA announced on Thursday. The annual tournament, which brings champions from six global confederations together, was scheduled to take place in December.

Schumacher’s wife describes Formula One as “different, but here.”

Michael Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, said the Formula One legend is “different, but he’s here” as the 52-year-old recovers from a brain injury sustained in a December 2013 skiing accident. Since the accident, the family has kept their updates to a minimum, and Corinna stated in an upcoming Netflix documentary, set to premiere on Sept. 15, that privacy is very important to them.

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