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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.

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