DeMarcus Cousins tears ACL in left knee
DeMarcus Cousins was diagnosed Thursday with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that could sideline the six-time All-Star big man for much — if not all — of this coming season. Cousins’s agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, said a timeline for surgery is being discussed. Cousins was hurt earlier this week in a workout in Las Vegas. The ACL tear comes about 18 months after he ruptured his left Achilles’, and roughly four months after he tore his left quadriceps muscle. Those injuries cost him a lot of games and a lot of money and his latest injury likely will add to add to those totals. The Achilles’ tear preceded Cousins’s 2018 trip to free agency, one in which he could have commanded a multi-year deal exceeding $100 million. He wound up signing a one-year, $5.3 million contract with Golden State. This summer, again after dealing with injury, Cousins settled for much less than the going rate for someone averaging more than 20 points and 10 rebounds for his career, signing with the Lakers on a one-year, $3.5 million deal. This could have been a massive year for Cousins, who was going to get a chance to play with LeBron James and reunite with his former New Orleans teammate Anthony Davis with the Lakers — a team with major aspirations after a roster overhaul.
Equal pay fight will continue
US women’s soccer captain Megan Rapinoe said the team ‘‘won’t accept anything less than equal pay’’ a day after mediation efforts broke down in its lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation. Rapinoe and teammate Christen Press said that during negotiations, which were cut short, USSF and its president, Carlos Cordeiro, ‘‘weren’t willing to start there with equality.’’ . . . FIFA banned Romer Osuna, a Bolivian soccer official, for life for being involved in bribery while serving as a treasurer and executive committe member of CONMEBOL, the South American soccer governing body. Osuna was guilty of a bribery scheme from 2012-15 while awarding contracts for the media and marketing rights to South American competitions.
Federer upset at Cincinnati
Seven-time champion Roger Federer was ousted from one of his favorite tournaments in only 61 minutes, falling in straight sets to a 21-year-old qualifier he’d never faced. Andre Rublev — with only one career win over a top-five player to his credit — took advantage of Federer’s numerous mistakes for a 6-3, 6-4 victory that further depleted the top of the men’s bracket in the Western & Southern Open at Cincinnati. Second-seeded Rafael Nadal withdrew before the start of the tournament because of fatigue after winning the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday. Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic was the only one of the top three seeds left in the tournament . . . In the women’s bracket, top-seeded Ashleigh Barty reached the quarterfinals with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Anett Kontaveit. Williams recovered from a rough first set and beat Donna Vekic, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to the quarters in her best since she won three straight matches in March at Miami.
ATP fines Kyrgios $113k
Nick Kyrgios was fined $113,000 by the ATP for expletive-filled outbursts in which he smashed rackets, insulted a chair umpire and refused to get ready to return serve during a second-round match at the Western & Southern Open, where the 24-year-old Australian berated chair umpire Fergus Murphy and left the court to break two rackets during a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-2 loss to Karen Khachanov.
Sweden’s women players boycott
The top female hockey players in Sweden refused to attend training camp or play in an upcoming international tournament in Finland, the latest such move by a women’s national team to get better compensation. The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation said it had been informed of the looming boycott and was ‘‘surprised’’ at the decision. A total of 43 national team players are involved in the boycott, which is seemingly about the lack of compensation they receive while on duty with the national team. The players were scheduled to attend a five-day campoutside Stockholm, ahead of the Five Nations Tournament — also involving Russia, Japan, Czech Republic and host Finland — beginning Tuesday. A statement was posted on social media by Sweden player Erika Grahm, saying the action is being taken to ‘‘develop and create better conditions’’ in the national team to show ‘‘encouragement and respect’’ for current and future generations. It said the players’ demands are not ‘‘unreasonable’’ but didn’t disclose the specific issues.
Brain injury for MMA fighter
A martial arts fighter faces a long recovery after suffering a brain injury during a Minneapolis bout. Nate Kosberg, 26, was injured during his amateur muay Thai bout Saturday at Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports he remains in serious condition at HCMC . . . Austin Squires advanced to the US Amateur golf championship quarterfinals for the second straight year after winning two matches at Pinehurtst, N.C. Only three of the world’s top 25 amateurs reached the round of 16 — and none of them made it to the quarterfinals . . . Dave Russell of Sacramento sold a pair of handmade Nike track shoes he wore at the 1972 Olympic trials for $50,000. Russell, who was 25 when he qualified for the 1972 Olympics, said he sold the rare kicks last month to a hotel chain in Eugene, Ore., that is building a Nike-themed property.