sports news round-up – saturday, june 2

10:00    02 Jun 2018

Italian MotoGP test rider Michele Pirro (bottom) of the Ducati Team receives medical assistance after crashing during the free practice session at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia, central Italy, 01 June 2018. The Motorcycling Grand Prix of Italy will take place on 03 June 2018. EPA/CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of sports news for Saturday, June 2.

Basketball & baseball

EuroLeague star and Maccabi Tel Aviv point guard Pierre Jackson says it is his goal to return to America and the NBA in the near future, while the big MLB news is the Boston Red Sox releasing Dominican infielder and designated hitter Hanley Ramirez.

UFC & boxing

Rafael dos Anjos has labelled Colby Covington a poor man’s Conor McGregor and says he is “fake” and “trying to be a bad guy” ahead of their UFC 225 bout later this month, while WBO Featherweight World Champion Oscar Valdez says he would love a fight with Carl Frampton.

Cycling, athletics & tennis

Michael Rasmussen says Chris Froome’s comeback and eventual win in the Giro d’Italia was credible and believable within the context of the race, Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is deeply upset by the decision of CAS to uphold the IOC’s decision to disqualify the results of the 4x100m relay at the 2008 Olympics, and Novak Djokovic enjoyed an emotional win over Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the last 16 of the French Open.

Motorsport & golf

Italian Ducati rider Michele Pirro has been hospitalised after suffering a high-speed crash during the second free practice session at the Italian MotoGP, and Martin Kaymer returned to form in spectacular style to claim the halfway lead at the Italian Open, shooting a second-round 63 at Gardagolf.

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