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Ten­nis

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Ten­nis Pro­fes­sion­als has un­veiled a re­vised sys­tem for cal­cu­lat­ing world rank­ings for when the sea­son re­sumes in Au­gust fol­low­ing a five-month sus­pen­sion due to Covid-19. Tra­di­tion­ally the ATP rank­ings op­er­ate on a for­mula of 18 best re­sults over 52 weeks but will now cover a 22-month pe­riod from March 2019 through to De­cem­ber 2020. While the new model pro­vides im­pe­tus for play­ers to im­prove re­sults from their 2019 per­for­mance, it will also pro­vide sta­bil­ity to those who choose not to play due to the pan­demic as they would not need to de­fend points. The ATP’s re­jigged cal­en­dar for the year in­cludes two grand slam events, in the US Open and the French Open, and three Masters 1000 tour­na­ments.

Rugby Union

Hamish Bain, the for­mer Scot­land Un­der-20s for­ward, has com­pleted a move from Stade Ni­cois to Glas­gow. The 22-year-old lock has spent two sea­sons learn­ing his trade in the French lower leagues as part of a per­for­mance part­ner­ship with Scot­tish Rugby, rack­ing up 37 ap­pear­ances for Ni­cois and scor­ing three tries.

Base­ball

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als, the de­fend­ing World Se­ries cham­pi­ons, will play host to the New York Yan­kees on July 23 in the first game of the re­vamped Ma­jor League Base­ball sea­son. The nor­mal 162-game sea­son, which had been due to start on March 26, will now com­prise 60 games, 14 of which are sched­uled for July 24. The fi­nal day of the reg­u­lar sea­son will be on Sept 27, fol­lowed by play-offs.

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