Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige to perform at Super Bowl
Rappers Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, along with R&B singer Mary J. Blige will play the halftime show at next year’s Super Bowl in southern California, the National Football League (NFL) announced on Thursday.
“The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dr. Dre said in a statement.
Drawings by boxing legend Muhammad Ali up for auction
A rare collection of sketches and paintings by American boxer Muhammad Ali – who loved to draw between fights – is going up for auction in New York next week.
The 24-piece collection, many of them in cartoon style and some of them signed, reflect Ali’s interest in religion and detik social justice, but there are also some that picture him in the ring.
Canadiens, CF Montreal allowed full capacity at home games
The Montreal Canadiens and CF Montreal will be allowed to expand to 100 percent capacity following Quebec’s latest health directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province’s health minister announced Thursday that capacity restrictions on “venues with assigned seating,” which includes the Canadiens’ Bell Centre and CF Montreal’s Stade Saputo, were being lifted Oct. 8.
Tom Brady on Patriots: ‘I want to kick their butt’
As he prepares for his return to New England as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time, Tom Brady reflected on his career Thursday.
But he isn’t letting nostalgia dampen his competitiveness. “I still have a lot of great friends there, but they know I want to kick their butt this week,” Brady said at his weekly news conference in advance of Sunday night’s highly anticipated game between the Bucs and Patriots in Foxboro, Mass.
“They’ll know exactly how I’m feeling once I’m out there.”
Soccer-NWSL terminates Courage coach Riley following allegations of abuse
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) said the North Carolina Courage have terminated coach Paul Riley after a report that detailed allegations of abusive behavior.
The Athletic on Thursday outlined allegations of sexual coercion and misconduct by Riley, who led the Courage to back-to-back NWSL championships in 2018 and 2019, after speaking to more than a dozen players he coached since 2010.
Brazil soccer legend Pele leaves hospital, undergoing chemotherapy
Brazilian soccer legend Pele left a Sao Paulo hospital after several weeks on Thursday, and a hospital bulletin said he would undergo chemotherapy following the removal of a colon tumor.
Pele had been hospitalized for nearly a month, checking in for routine exams before undergoing a Sept. 4 operation to remove the tumor.
Boxing-Bout manipulation existed at Rio 2016 Olympics says independent report
A bout manipulation system existed in boxing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Richard McLaren, the head of the independent investigation commissioned by the sport’s world governing AIBA, said in his report on Thursday.
McLaren said the first of three stages of the investigation looked into the refereeing and judging at Rio where controversial decisions in certain bouts made the headlines.
NBA vaccination rate reaches 95 percent
As a few notable NBA players continue to make headlines for their anti-vaccination stances, the vast majority of the league has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
NBA executive director Michele Roberts revealed this week that over 90 percent of the league’s players are fully vaccinated, while ESPN reported Thursday that 95 percent of players have now received at least one shot.
Tennis-Clijsters, Murray handed wildcards for Indian Wells
Former world number ones Kim Clijsters and Andy Murray were on Thursday awarded wildcards into the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
Four-times major winner Clijsters will continue her career comeback after a seven-year hiatus that ended in 2019 at the tournament she has won twice.
Olympics-China tells fans ‘chase stars rationally’
The Chinese Olympic Committee said athletes should play a role in dampening what authorities have called the country’s “chaotic” celebrity fan culture amid recent instances of “excessive” fan behavior in the sports world.
With Beijing hosting the Winter Olympics in February, the Committee said in a statement website on its official Weibo account on Thursday that fans should “chase stars rationally and avoid improper words and deeds.”