Virginia Water, Aug 7 (AP/UNB) — The European Tour has suspended Thorbjorn Olesen pending the investigation into his arrest on charges of being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting a female passenger while she slept.
Olesen is to appear in court on Aug. 21 on charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault, according to Metropolitan Police in London.
The European Tour said Tuesday in a statement the Danish golfer has been suspended pending the outcome of his case. The tour said it would have no further comment while the legal matter proceeds.
Olesen was arrested at Heathrow Airport on July 29 upon his return from the World Golf Championships event in Tennessee, where he tied for 27th. He allegedly got into an argument with other passengers in first class and urinated in the aisle.
PA Sports reported Monday that Olesen's lawyer released a statement saying the 29-year-old Dane has cooperated fully with police during the investigation.
The tour resumes next week with the Czech Masters, followed by the Scandinavian Invitation in Sweden on Aug. 22-25.
Olesen has five European Tour victories and made his Ryder Cup debut last year by going 1-1, winning his singles match against Jordan Spieth in a European victory in France.
Toronto, Aug 7 (AP/UNB) — Ashleigh Barty lost 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 to American Sofia Kenin in second-round play at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday, putting the Australian's No. 1 ranking in peril.
Current world No. 2 Naomi Osaka of Japan would overtake Barty for the top ranking by winning her first match on Wednesday. The 21-year-old opens her Rogers Cup against Germany's Tatjana Maria.
Americans Sloane Stephens, the No. 7 seed, and Venus Williams also were eliminated.
Stephens fell to Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-5. The 39-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, lost 6-4, 6-2 to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro. Suarez Navarro, ranked 26th in the world, snapped a five-match losing streak against the 56th-ranked Williams.
Donna Vekic, Alison Riske, Katerina Siniakova, Zhang Shuai, Iga Swiatek and Ekaterina Alexandrova also advanced to the second round with wins Tuesday.
Also, teenager Bianca Andreescu defeated Eugenie Bouchard 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in an all-Canadian first-round matchup in her first match since aggravating a shoulder injury at the French Open in May.
Andreescu will face Daria Kasatkina in second round. Kasatkina advanced by upsetting No. 12-seeded Angelique Kerber on Monday night.
Montreal, Aug 7 (AP/UNB) — Teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime outlasted countryman Vasek Pospisil on Tuesday in the first round of the Rogers Cup to set up another all-Canadian matchup with Milos Raonic.
In the evening session, Britain's Kyle Edmund picked up a rain-delayed 6-3, 6-4 victory over Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who won last week in Washington.
Auger-Aliassime, a Montreal native ranked 21st in the world, won 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3) before an adoring crowd at IGA Stadium in the ATP Tour Masters 1000 series event. He will face the 19th-ranked Raonic, who beat France's Lucas Pouille on Monday, on Wednesday.
Auger-Aliassime has reached three ATP finals in the past six months but is still seeking his first title.
In other action Tuesday, 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over qualifier Bradley Klahn of the U.S. Seeded 14th in Montreal, Cilic made the quarterfinals at last year's Rogers Cup in Toronto before falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
No. 11 seed Borna Coric of Croatia downed Germany's Peter Gojowczyk 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2); while John Isner of the U.S., the No. 12 seed, also moved on with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over Australia's Jordan Thompson.
Germany's Alexander Zverev, the third seed and 2017 Rogers Cup champion in Montreal, beat Britain's Cameron Norrie 7-6 (4), 6-4 in a late match.
Nadal, the world No. 2 and top seed at this edition of the tournament, is the clear favorite with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer skipping the event.
After getting a bye, the Spaniard opens Wednesday in the second round against qualifier Daniel Evans of Britain.
Dhaka, Aug 6 (AP/UNB) - A day short of her seventh anniversary as an Olympic champion, Sally Pearson revealed she finally got the message her body has been delivering with increasing regularity.
The 32-year-old Australian, who won the 100-meter hurdles gold medal at London in 2012 in an Olympic record time despite the rain, has retired from competitive track and field after a series of injuries too numerous to mention — at least to the public, anyway.
She won't be going to world championships next month in Doha to defend her title. She won't be going to the Olympics next year in Tokyo, either.
A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Pearson said she reached the decision after realizing she couldn't deliver on her own high expectations.
"I'm leaving my sport happy, still loving my sport, still loving the training, still loving competing," she said in a video posted on social media. "But my body has decided that it's time to let it go."
She ended the 2½-minute video with a simple sign off: "See you round."
Pearson later told Australia's Seven Network: "I'm going to hang up my spikes. It's been 16 years on the Australian team and my body is just not up to it. When you count six injuries this year that no one knows about, and another whole year to go of training for the Olympics to try and win gold, I have major doubts that my body will make it."
With the exception of her world title in 2017, that coming after a courageous comeback from serious hand and arm injuries sustained in a racing fall in Rome in 2015, the last few years have been competitive letdowns for Pearson. That crash in Rome ended her chances of competing at the world championships and a hamstring problem prevented her from trying to defend her Olympic title in Rio in 2016.
An Achilles injury forced her to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games in her hometown last year , the morning after carrying Australia's flag into the opening ceremonies on the Gold Coast.
The Olympic win on Aug. 7, 2012, completed a set after she'd won her first world title in 2011 and was also the world indoor champion. It came four years after her surprising silver at the Beijing Olympics launched her into the average Australian sports fan's consciousness because of her exuberant celebration when the photo finish results were confirmed and her funny, emotionally raw live broadcast interview.
Pearson, then known as Sally McLellan, was fastest out of the blocks in Lane 3 in that race. She was in third spot when leading Lolo Jones clipped the penultimate hurdle, stumbled and faded to finish seventh. Pearson crossed just behind Dawn Harper, her mouth was agape in shock as she looked across to her right at the line.
When the review of the photo gave her the silver after a blanket finish, she jumped up and down on the spot, before bounding off the track with almost kangaroo-like hops en route to her "Is this real?" live TV interview.
Four years later in London, Pearson was expected to win. She was the fastest qualifier for the final, and fastest again off the blocks.
This time she narrowly held off Harper, and dropped to the track to celebrate after confirming her victory.
It made her Australia's first Olympic gold medalist on the track since Cathy Freeman's iconic victory in the 400 meters at the Sydney 2000 Games. After Pearson's victory in London, she said Freeman had been her inspiration, and Freeman returned the favor on Tuesday with a tweet: "Congratulations on a stellar career, Sally! You always performed when it counted!"
On Tuesday, Pearson said the main disappointment about retirement "is that I won't become a three-time Olympian."
"I've known for about a week that I would retire," she said. "The decision was made with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat, but I know it's the right time."
Dhaka, Aug 5 (UNB) - Three players shared the top slot in the Walton Air Conditioner International Rating Chess Tournament on Monday securing full four points from four matches at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room.
The leaders are: FM Mehdi Hasan Parag of Golden Sporting Club, CM Md Sharif Hossain of Bangladesh Navy and Kazi Taherul Islam of Learning Chess Club.
Another three players in the 2nd slot- GM Ziaur Rahman of Saif Sporting Club, Jabed Al Azad of Shahin Chess Club and Tahsin Tajwar Zia of Golden Sporting Club, secured 3.5 points each.
In the day’s 4th round matches, CM Sharif beat Abdul Momin, FM Parag beat Swarnavo Choudhury, Taher beat Md Sariatullah, GM Zia beat WFM Sharmin Sultana Shirin, Jabed beat CM Subrota Biswas, Tahsin beat CM Sohel Chowdhury and IM Mohammad Minhaz Uddin beat WIM Rani Hamid.
In the 3rd round matches on Sunday night, Swarnavo beat IM Minhaz while Tahsin drew with GM Zia.
The 5th round matches were in progress till filing this report Monday night while the 6th round matches will begin at 10 am on Tuesday.