Cricket-Pope: McCullum helped me overcome fear of getting out

The following is a rundown of the most recent sports news briefs.
Cricket-Pope claims McCullum helped him overcome his fear of leaving.
England's batter Ollie Pope has thanked head coach Brendon McCullum for assisting him in overcoming his fear of losing his wicket in test cricket, saying the New Zealander changed his mindset. After scoring 145 against New Zealand at Trent Bridge while playing in his new number three position, the 24-year-old had a memorable summer as one of England's five century-makers.
Allegri says he does not feel 'at risk' after Juventus' defeat to Benfica.
Despite losing 2-1 at home to Benfica on Wednesday, Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri stated that he does not believe his job is in jeopardy. Juventus have lost their first two Champions League group stage games for the first time, and they currently sit eighth in Serie A, four points behind leaders Napoli after six games.
Cricket-West Indies recall Lewis for the T20 World Cup, but Russell and Narine are not included.
West Indies recalled opener Evin Lewis for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia on Wednesday, but left out all-rounder Andre Russell and spinner Sunil Narine from their 15-man squad. Lewis, who bats left-handed, last played for the team in the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, while veterans Russell and Narine have been passed over by selectors in recent months.
Soccer fans want FIFA to compensate Qatar's migrant workers - Amnesty International
According to Amnesty International, a majority of football fans from 15 countries would support FIFA compensating migrant workers in Qatar for human rights violations during the country's preparations for the 2022 World Cup. A YouGov poll of more than 17,000 fans from 15 countries, 10 of which were European, commissioned by Amnesty found that 73% supported the proposal and 10% opposed it.
LeBron James on Sarver's punishment: "The league definitely got this wrong."
On Wednesday, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James slammed the NBA, claiming that the punishment meted out to Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver for using racial slurs and treating female employees unfairly was insufficient. Sarver, who purchased the Suns and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury in 2004, was suspended for a year and fined $10 million by the NBA on Tuesday following an independent investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct.
Tennis star Serena Williams has not ruled out a comeback, claiming that NFL quarterback Tom Brady started a "really cool trend."
Serena Williams may have decided to retire from tennis, but she hinted on Wednesday that there could be more to her illustrious career by mentioning decorated NFL quarterback Tom Brady's brief retirement from American football. During an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said he would not rule out copying Brady's playbook.
Germany wins its first Davis Cup match against France in 84 years.
Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz won the deciding doubles rubber in a tiebreaker in Hamburg on Wednesday, giving Germany its first Davis Cup victory over France since 1938.
The pair defeated Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech 6-2 3-6 7-6(1) to win their first Group C match 2-1. In the other group match, Australia defeated Belgium 3-0.
Basketball-Former NBPA president Roberts will oversee the launch of an interactive league.
Former NBA Executive Director Michele Roberts will help to oversee the launch of a four-team basketball league played on an interactive LED court, Fan Controlled Sports & Entertainment announced on Wednesday. Fan Controlled Hoops, a 4v4 full-court brand of basketball that allows fans to call the shots, will begin play on February 7 in Atlanta and will include former NBA All-Star Baron Davis as a strategic advisor in addition to Roberts.
Golf-Simpson believes the PGA Tour membership is'more united' in the face of the LIV threat Golf has attracted some of the game's biggest names, but former US Open champion Webb Simpson said on Wednesday that the PGA Tour's bleeding of players is nearly complete, and the US-based circuit is now a more tightly knit group. The breakaway circuit debuted in June and features 12 major champions, but the PGA Tour has since implemented sweeping changes to combat the ongoing threat, including increased purses and an earnings assurance program.
Boxing-Wildheart seeks world title after switching from the dance floor to the ring
Lucy Wildheart has never looked back since trading in her ballet shoes for boxing gloves a decade ago, and the 29-year-old is now aiming to knock out Amanda Serrano on her way to a world title. Whatever her punching power, the Swedish boxer with a professional record of eight wins and one loss has fantastic footwork due to her dancing ability. (With agency contributions.)