England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the Ashes series after undergoing surgery for an ongoing Achilles tendon injury. Pietersen was assessed by a leading specialist where the decision was made to undergo surgery which will rule him out of all cricket for six weeks. ECB Chief Medical Officer, Nick Peirce, said in a statement: “Following a consultation, involving scans and testing, with the world’s leading Achilles specialist, Kevin Pietersen underwent surgery on his right Achilles tendon.
Five-times champion Roger Federer is through to his seventh successive Wimbledon final after a comfortable straight sets Center Court victory over German veteran Tommy Haas on Friday. Second seed Federer eased to a 7-6 7-5 6-3 success, meaning he will contest a 20th grand slam final as he attempts to claim a new record 15 grand slam wins. The world number two put on a magnificent show of serving against his 31-year-old opponent — not giving up one break point in the two-hour match.
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged on Friday that “concern has grown” since the first reports of a novel swine flu infecting patients in Texas and California emerged late March. Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the agency, said health officials are closely tracking the spread of the swine flu, after additional cases of flu and some deaths were reported in Mexico