Sports Digest: US women open World Cup against Netherlands

FOOTBALL

Defending champions USA meet Netherlands in the group stage of next summer’s Women’s World Cup, setting up an early repeat of the 2019 World Cup final.

The draw was made at a ceremony in Auckland on Saturday.

Four-time world champions USA were drawn in Group E with Vietnam, the Netherlands and a yet-to-be-determined play-off winner in a tournament expanded for the first time to 32 teams in eight groups of four.

USA will play all of their group matches in New Zealand as part of the tournament, which will be played in 10 stadiums across Australia and New Zealand in July and August 2023. The game against the Netherlands will take place in Wellington on July 27th. The USA beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the 2019 final in France.

FIRST LEAGUE: Nottingham Forest shocked Liverpool 1-0 in the Premier League.

The bottom of the table at the beginning of the day secured only his second win of the season in the game on the City Ground.

Taiwo Awoniyi scored in the 55th minute to end Liverpool’s mini-revival in which they beat Rangers, Manchester City and West Ham in their last three games.

• Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his first goal in five months to help Everton beat Crystal Palace 3-0 and end a triple losing streak in the Premier League.

• Erling Haaland took his goals to 22 this season as Manchester City moved within a point of Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The Norway international struck twice in the 3-1 win over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium to continue his remarkable scoring streak.

GOLF

EUROPEAN TOUR: Ryan Fox and Yannik Paul share a two-stroke lead after both had a clean third round at the Mallorca Open in Palma, Spain, while Richard Mansell blasted a course record of 61.

Paul had three eagles and three birdies in his 9-under-62, while Fox (65) had six birdies to also head 16-under the final day at Son Muntaner Golf Club.

Overnight leader Dale Whitnell (68) and Marcus Armitage with his second 8-under 63 of the week are two shots behind at 14-under.

MOTOR RACE

FORMULA ONE: With Formula’s One’s booming popularity and viewership in the United States, ESPN and the global motorsport series announced a new broadcast deal for Saturday through 2025.

ESPN has been broadcasting F1 in the US since 2018 and the new deal will maintain commercial-free live coverage of all races on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC, all owned by The Walt Disney Co. ESPN Deportes will continue to be the Spanish-speaking home of F1 in the US

TENNIS

NAPOLI CUP: Second-placed Matteo Berrettini meets fourth-placed Lorenzo Musetti – in a first matchup between the two players – after both won their respective semi-finals at the Open hard court tournament in Naples, Italy.

Berrettini recovered from a bounce and a foot injury and beat American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3.

It was easier for Musetti, who defeated Miomir Kecmanović 6-3, 6-4 in just 89 minutes.


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