Sports Shorts

Peer back in Baku

Israeli tennis star has put a long run of poor form behind her to reach the final of the Baku Cup, where she will face Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina, the 2010 French Open junior champion who defeated fourth-seeded Alexandra Cadantu of Romania. Peer, currently ranked 149th in the ATP world rankings, reached the final by routing Polish qualifier Magda Linette 6-1, 6-1 yesterday. Peer is bidding for a sixth career title in her first final since losing to Nadia Petrova in Washington in 2011. The seventh-seeded Svitolina won her first title last November in Pune, India. (Haaretz Sports Staff)

Yuri Foreman waltzes to victory at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom

Yuri Foreman, Israel’s top professional boxer, won his third fight of the year last week, defeating Jamaal Davis in an eight-round bout at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, one of the premier venues for world-class boxing. Foreman, who competes in the super welterweight class (154 pounds), has won all three of his fights this year on points, earning the judges’ unanimous decision. Belarus-born Foreman, who holds Israeli citizenship, is studying at a Brooklyn yeshiva to become an Orthodox Rabbi. He was Israel’s first and only WBA champion, a title he held from November 2009 to June 2010. He boasts a 31-2 record, but has knocked out just 8 of his opponents; all the rest of his victories have been decided on points. He is one of the two best currently active Jewish boxers. (David Nachenberg)

Lochte puts TV career on hold to swim again

Ryan Lochte has put his TV career on hold. It’s time to go swimming again. The American star will lead another powerhouse men’s team into the swimming portion of the world championships, which begins Sunday. He hopes to compete in seven events and doesn’t have to worry about being overshadowed by longtime rival Michael Phelps. Phelps retired after the London Olympics, though there’s plenty of speculation he’s plotting a comeback in time for the 2016 Rio Games. Lochte hopes it happens, that’s not his concern at the moment. He’s more focused on turning in the sort of performance that’s expected from him, even though he took time off after last summer’s Olympics and admittedly hasn’t been able to train as hard as usual because of commitments outside the pool. (AP)