Sport in brief
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.
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.
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.