Latest - Japan number eight Kazuki Himeno will play for the Otago Highlanders in next year's Super Rugby competition, his Japanese club Toyota Verblitz has announced.
Himeno, who was a key player in Japan's back row during their run to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup last year, will link up with the Dunedin-based Highlanders ahead of the 2021 season.
The 26-year-old, who has previous Super Rugby experience with the now-defunct Tokyo-based Sunwolves, has played 17 times for Japan, scoring five tries, including one against Samoa at the 2019 World Cup.
There is a strong Japanese connection at the Highlanders, who are currently looking for a new head coach.
Former Highlanders flyhalf and current Japan assistant coach Tony Brown is one of the frontrunners to fill the vacancy.
Jamie Joseph, Japan's head coach, led the Highlanders to their sole Super Rugby title in 2015.
Coll feeling himself again
New Zealand squash player Paul Coll has won through to the quarter-finals of the Egyptian Squash Open Platinum tournament with a straight game win over 49th ranked Youssef Ibrahim of Egypt.
The world number five has won 11-9, 11-4, 12-10 in 48 minutes in a hard fought encounter and will now face 18th ranked Mostafa Asal (Egypt) on Thursday (NZT) for a place in the semifinals.
Coll says he's back to himself after disappointingly falling short of the semi-finals at the World Tour Finals earlier this month.
"I had some other stuff going on in my life that's a lot more important than squash and I wasn't in the headspace to compete against top 10 people," Coll said.
"I went home, reset myself (and) talked to some people really close to me and we're ready to rock this week."
Lakers honour Kobe Bryant
The Los Angeles Lakers dedicated their NBA Finals victory to the late Kobe Bryant, whose death in a helicopter crash in January united and motivated the team in a year full of challenges.
Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in the crash near Los Angeles, sending shockwaves through the NBA world and beyond.
Bryant won five championships in 20 seasons with the Lakers and is considered one of the sport's all-time greats.
"Ever since the tragedy, we wanted to do it for him, and we didn't want to let him down," Anthony Davis, who was Bryant's team mate on the 2012 Olympic team, said after Sunday's Game Six victory over the Miami Heat.
"I know he's looking down on us and proud of us, I know (Bryant's wife) Vanessa is proud of us, the organization is proud of us. It means a lot to us.
"He was a big brother to all of us and we did this for him."
Premier League restructure labelled a power grab
The minister who oversees sport in Britain said he feared a plan by Liverpool and Manchester United to restructure the English Premier League was a power grab that could prompt a deeper look at the governance of the sport.
The two clubs are backing a plan to radically change the Premier League's structure, giving more power to the big clubs, reducing it to 18 teams from 20 for the 2022-23 season, and scrapping the League Cup and Community Shield.
The plan would see the Premier League commit to providing 25% of the league's revenue to English Football League (EFL) clubs and a 250 million pounds rescue fund to help with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
Asked on Sky News if the proposal was a good plan or a power grab, Oliver Dowden, the minister for culture, media and sport, said: "I fear it's the latter and I'm quite sceptical about this."
He added: "If we keep having these back room deals going on, we'll have to look at the underlying governance of football. We promised in the manifesto a fan led review, and I must say the events that I've seen in the last few weeks have made this seem more urgent again."
Murray joins Nadal and Federer on player council
Former world number one Andy Murray is one of four players that have been elected to ATP's Player Council to replace the Novak Djokovic-led group who resigned from the body to form a breakaway union.
Briton Murray, Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime, Australian John Millman and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy will replace Djokovic, John Isner, Vasek Pospisil and Sam Querrey -- who stepped down to form the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).
Murray joins 20-time Grand Slam champions Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on the council.
The ATP was set up by players in 1972 to represent the men's athletes but its board now includes representatives of tournament owners as well.
Besides the ATP and the women's WTA, the sport is also controlled by the International Tennis Federation and the boards of the four Grand Slams.
Baseball Hall of Famer dies
Hall of Famer and twice World Series champion Joe Morgan, considered one of baseball's greatest second basemen, has died at the age of 77 after battling a nerve condition.
Morgan played for five different Major League teams and won the World Series with the Reds in 1975 and 1976. He also won the National League Most Valuable Player award with the team known as the "Big Red Machine" in both those seasons.
After a 22-year career, in which he hit 268 home runs, recorded 1,133 runs batted in and stole 689 bases, Morgan embarked on a career in broadcasting.
Morgan's MVP awards came after he led the Reds to World Series victories over the Boston Red Sox in 1975 and when they swept the New York Yankees in 1976.
A 10-time All-Star, Morgan also collected five consecutive Gold Glove awards for his outstanding defensive play at second base with the Reds between 1973 and 1977.