Sport in brief
Lewis Hamilton says he has spoken to some of the drivers who have not taken a knee. Just 11 of the 20 drivers joined Hamilton in performing the anti-racism gesture ahead of Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix at Spielberg. “I tried to spend one-on-one time with a few of those who had chosen to stand, and to have a chat with them,” he said. “Some of the drivers maybe don’t understand how impactful their voices can be.”
The PGA Tour has confirmed that the remainder of the 2019-20 season will be played without spectators due to coronavirus concerns. Tournament golf resumed at the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 11, with the first five events taking place behind closed doors. The Safeway Open, the first tournament of the 2020-21 season, from Sept 10-13 – a week before the US Open – is the first event where fans could return.
A decision in Jess Varnish’s employment tribunal appeal is expected today. Varnish, the former track cyclist, lost a case for unfair dismissal against British Cycling in January last year. Varnish, 29, unsuccessfully argued that she should have been considered an employee of British Cycling and UK Sport when axed from the elite programme prior to the 2016 Olympics. She won the right to appeal after initially being blocked from doing so.