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‘Wouldn’t give to a dog to chew’: Tennis players complain about new balls at French Open

New balls please! It’s proving to be a French Open like no other. Played in autumn rather than summer, some players have been complaining about the cold weather and the tournament’s switch from Babolat to Wilson balls. “The ball is completely different,” defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal told reporters last week. “The ball is super…

Liverpool comes from behind to maintain perfect start to Premier League season

Liverpool was made to come from behind to beat Arsenal 3-1 on Monday evening and maintain its 100% winning start to the Premier League season. Arsenal’s opener came from a mistake from Liverpool’s left-back Andrew Robertson, with his shanked clearance falling to Alexandre Lacazette to scuff home. It took just 147 seconds for Liverpool to…

Ruben Dias transfer agreed with Manchester City for $79.2 million, says Benfica

Pep Guardiola is once again splashing the cash as he attempts to plug the holes in Manchester City’s leaky back line. Portuguese club Benfica said on its website that a €68 million ($79.2 million) fee had been agreed with City for the transfer of central defender Ruben Dias, with the possibility of an additional €3.6…

Jamie Vardy hits hat trick, Leicester City scores five as it thrashes Manchester City

Jamie Vardy scored a hat trick as Leicester City thrashed Manchester City 5-2 in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Riyad Mahrez’s thunderbolt opened the scoring in the first half but Vardy’s first penalty of the afternoon leveled the scores just before halftime. The English striker’s clever flick gave Leicester the lead…

Teenager Jannik Sinner shocks 11th seed David Goffin in French Open first round

Teenager Jannik Sinner stunned 11th seed David Goffin in the first round of the French Open, beating the Belgian in straight sets on the opening day of the Grand Slam. The 19-year-old won 78% of his first-service points and struck 24 winners in his 7-5, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Goffin to earn a place in…

Valtteri Bottas wins Russian GP after Lewis Hamilton is handed 10-second penalty

Valtteri Bottas won his second Formula One race of the 2020 season, easing to victory at the Russian Grand Prix after teammate Lewis Hamilton was hampered by two separate five-second penalties. Hamilton was penalized for performing practice starts outside his designated area as he left the pits. Bottas, who started third in Sochi, moved into…

Conor McGregor says his next opponent will be Manny Pacquiao

Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor says his next opponent will be boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. In a tweet Friday, McGregor, the former two-division UFC World Champion, said he’s “boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.” ESPN reported that McGregor is in “serious talks” to fight Pacquiao, citing his manager, Audie Attar, who represents…

Manchester United scores 100th-minute penalty to secure dramatic win over Brighton

Manchester United got its first Premier League points of the season thanks to a 100th-minute penalty from Bruno Fernandes to finally win 3-2 in an enthralling game against Brighton and Hove Albion. Brighton opened the scoring, a coolly finished Neal Maupay penalty giving the hosts the lead before Lewis Dunk put the ball into his…

Olympic organizers reveal plans for scaled-down Tokyo event

Tokyo 2020 organizers are proposing to cut the number of officials at next year’s Olympics by 10 to 15% as part of a wider package of cost-reduction proposals, it was announced on Friday. The Games, which were supposed to get underway in July, are now scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8…

‘I thought I had grown,’ jokes Jose Mourinho as he discovers goalposts were wrong size

Rather than “moving the goalposts” it was a case of shortened ones ahead of Thursday’s Europa League game between Tottenham Hotspuur and North Macedonian side Shkëndija. Upon inspecting the frame of the goal, Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho sensed something was amiss. It turned out the crossbar was five centimeters lower than it should have…

Bayern Munich powers its way to Super Cup glory in front of 15,000 fans

Bayern Munich lifted the UEFA Super Cup on Thursday, after beating Sevilla 2-1 in front of more than 15,000 fans. The game, held in Budapest’s Puskas Arena, was the first major UEFA final to be held in front of spectators since the pandemic forced fixtures behind closed doors. European football’s governing body treated the event…

Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan lead “American invasion” of English football

The “Manchester Derby” between Manchester United and Manchester City usually determines if the city is red or blue. But now the city is fully red, white and blue with the arrival of four members of the 2019 Women’s World Cup winning USWNT side in Manchester. Tobin Heath and Christen Press are at Manchester United while…

AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic tests positive for Covid-19

Soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become the latest global athlete to test positive for Covid-19. The striker made the announcement on Twitter, writing that he tested negative on Wednesday but positive on Thursday, ahead of a Europa League match against Bodø/Glimt. “No symptoms what so ever,” the ever confident star said. “Covid had the courage…

Australian cricket legend Dean Jones dies aged 59

Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 59, Indian broadcaster Star India confirmed in a statement on Thursday. Jones, considered to be one of the greatest batsmen of his generation, had been commentating on the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mumbai and his sudden death prompted tributes from…

Luis Suarez accused of passing rigged Italian language exam, according to prosecutors

Barcelona star Luis Suarez has been accused of passing a rigged Italian language exam amid a potential move to Juventus, according to Italian prosecutors. Uruguayan international Suarez underwent a language test on September 17 at the University for Foreigners of Perugia where he was examined by two teachers in both oral and written production and…

Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in talks to invest in Welsh soccer team

It seems a script you simply couldn’t write. Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have been named as potential investors in Wrexham AFC, a Welsh soccer team currently playing in English football’s fifth tier. The club’s supporters trust confirmed that Reynolds, known for appearing in blockbusters such as “Deadpool,” and McElhenney — co-creator and star…

Budapest welcomes 15,500 fans for UEFA Super Cup amid growing coronavirus fears

TV viewers tuning in to Thursday’s UEFA Super Cup can be excused for thinking they’ve stumbled across highlights of a months-old fixture, so accustomed have they become to seeing sparse — or no — crowds in attendance. In the age of coronavirus, the sight of more than 15,000 fans in the Puskas Arena will be…

Chris Paul says NBA players ‘are woke’ and empowered in the social justice movement

Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul says NBA players are acutely aware of the current social justice movement and feel empowered to make a difference. Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players Association, has been one of many leading voices from the sport to speak out on a number of social issues. Stars from…

Bryson DeChambeau added 40 pounds to boost game. This is what he ate

Bryson DeChambeau’s physical transformation has been remarkable in 2020. What’s equally remarkable is how quickly he’s started to reap major rewards. The American bulked up — he added 40 pounds of muscle — during golf’s hiatus, allowing him to hit the ball further and test golf’s boundaries. “Gaining strength, gaining distance, there’s a tremendous advantage…

Age is just a number to Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he leads AC Milan to victory

Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired AC Milan to a 2-0 victory over Bologna on Monday in its opening game of the new Serie A season. The 38-year-old, who referred to himself as Benjamin Button on social media, defied his age once again to score a brace and help extend Milan’s unbeaten run in all competitions…

Novak Djokovic defeats Diego Schwartzman to win fifth Italian Open title

Little over three weeks since being defaulted at the US Open, Novak Djokovic has returned to his winning ways with victory at the Italian Open in Rome. Djokovic defeated Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 in a tight contest on clay in the build-up to the French Open. The victory means Djokovic now has a record 36…

Bryson DeChambeau wins the US Open

American golfer Bryson DeChambeau won the 120th edition of US Open Championship Sunday at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. The win marks the first victory for DeChambeau at one of golf’s major championships. DeChambeau, who turned 27 this week, won the tournament by a comfortable margin of six strokes. DeChambeau’s final score…

Son Heung-min sends out message with four goals as Spurs rout Saints

A reinvigorated Tottenham Hotspur marked the arrival of Gareth Bale with a 5-2 rout of Southampton in the English Premier League on Sunday. South Korea’s Son Heung-min, whose place is theoretically in jeopardy with the arrival of Bale on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, scored four of the goals, with Harry Kane adding the…

Tadej Pogacar wins Tour de France to make history for Slovenia

Tadej Pogacar became the first Slovenian to win the Tour de France as the famous three-week race ended on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday. Pogacar, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Monday, is the youngest winner since 1904, sealing his triumph with a sensational performance in the mountain time trial on the penultimate stage.…

Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire retires due to health concerns

Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. The announcement, made Saturday, comes with only a few games left in the season. Gardenhire managed the Tigers for three seasons, but has managed major league teams for 16 years. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the countless players and…

Gareth Bale looks for a fresh start as golden stay in Madrid turns sour

Since Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid for a then world record fee in 2013, only Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have scored more goals for Los Blancos. By every tangible metric, the Welshman’s stay in the Spanish capital was a success; four Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey, as well…

LeBron James sets records with 16th All-NBA team selection

For LeBron James, breaking NBA records has become a habit. And on Wednesday, he broke yet another, becoming the player selected to the most All-NBA teams when it was announced he was selected to his 16th in his 17-year career. The Los Angeles Lakers star moved past Hall of Famers Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and…

Borussia Dortmund. The football factory where superstars are made

There must be magic in the water at Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga club has gained a reputation of finding and fostering world-class talent; taking young players with potential and developing them into world beaters. Its record speaks for itself. The likes of Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembélé have all, at different stages, walked through Dortmund’s…

WNBA star Maya Moore marries Jonathan Irons after helping overturn his prison sentence

Four-time WNBA champion Maya Moore has tied the knot with Jonathan Irons, the man whose wrongful conviction she helped overturn. The pair met in 1998 in a prison ministry when Moore was a teenager and Irons was serving a 50-year sentence for burglary and assaulting a homeowner with a gun — a conviction that was…

Following alleged incident of abuse, French Football president Noel Le Graet claims racism in football ‘does not exist’

French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet says racism in football “does not exist” following accusations made by Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar. Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash between Paris Saint-Germain and bitter rival Marseille ended with five players, including Neymar, being sent off after a mass brawl in the dying minutes. As he made his…

Former head of world athletics Lamine Diack is jailed for corruption

The former head of athletics’ governing body, Lamine Diack, has been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty on charges of corruption related to the Russian doping scandal, a Paris courthouse announced on Wednesday. Diack, 87, was found guilty of soliciting $4.1 million (3.45 million euros) from athletes suspected of doping to…

WNBA players react to Breonna Taylor settlement

WNBA players repeated their calls for the officers who killed Breonna Taylor to be arrested after hearing news of the historic settlement between the family and the city of Louisville, Kentucky. The league, which began its playoffs on Tuesday, dedicated the 2020 season to Taylor and the Say Her Name movement, which raises awareness for…

Lionel Messi tops Forbes’ 2020 football rich list ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi may not have got his desired move away from Barcelona this summer, but he still has one billion reasons to be happy off the pitch. The Argentine has topped this year’s football rich list, according to Forbes, to become just the second player in history — after Cristiano Ronaldo — to reach $1…

European Union condemns execution of Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari

The European Union says it condemns “in the strongest terms” the execution of Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari. Afkari was executed in Iran on Saturday, according to Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA, despite a high-profile international campaign calling for the sentence not to be carried out. The 27-year-old was executed at a prison in Shiraz,…

Novak Djokovic doesn’t think he’ll ‘ever forget’ disqualification from US Open

Novak Djokovic says his disqualification from the US Open has been a “big lesson” but admits he doesn’t think he will “ever forget about it.” The Serbian was disqualified last week after hitting a line judge with a ball during his fourth-round game of the grand slam against Pablo Carreno Busta. Djokovic apologized for the…

Dominic Thiem dedicates US Open win to family after ‘so many sacrifices’

Newly-crowned grand slam champion Dominic Thiem has dedicated his US Open triumph to his family for making “so many sacrifices” over the years in support of his career. The Austrian, 27, came from two sets down against good friend Alex Zverev in a brutal, nerve-shredding four-hour marathon to finally win the first major of his…

Mirim Lee wins first golf major with victory at the ANA Inspiration

South Korea’s Mirim Lee held her nerve to win a tense three-way play-off and claim her first golf major at the ANA Inspiration. The 29-year-old beat American Nelly Korda and Canada’s Brooke Henderson with a birdie on the first play-off hole, after the trio had finished the fourth round tied on 15-under par. Lee, who…

Neymar says he ‘acted like a fool’ in brawl but demands racism must stop

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar says he was the target of a racist slur during the French champions’ 1-0 defeat by Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday. The player at the center of the storm is Marseille’s Álvaro González. The 28-year-old was one of five players sent off during the match at PSG’s home stadium,…

Pau Gasol names baby after Kobe Bryant’s daughter

Pau Gasol and his wife Catherine have named their newborn baby after the daughter of former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26, a tragedy that left millions across the globe mourning. Gasol won two NBA championships with Bryant…

Lewis Hamilton evokes Breonna Taylor at Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton wore a T-shirt remembering Breonna Taylor on the six-month anniversary of her death when he took to the victory podium Sunday after winning the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello, Italy. The six-time Formula One champion’s shirt had “ARREST THE COPS WHO KILLED BREONNA TAYLOR” written on the front and “SAY HER NAME” above…

Lewis Hamilton wins crash-hit Tuscan Grand Prix to extend world title lead

Lewis Hamilton won a chaotic Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello on Sunday marked by two spectacular multi-car collisions and a miserable afternoon for Ferrari in its 1,000th Formula One race. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second, with Thai-born Briton Alex Albon an excellent third for Red Bull. Ferrari duo, Charles Leclerc and four-time world…

Canada’s Henderson joins Korda in lead on ‘stinking hot’ day in California

Canada’s Brooke Henderson charged into the joint lead with Nelly Korda at the second women’s major of the season with a seven-under 65 in the third round of the ANA Inspiration on Saturday. With the temperature gauge topping 100 degrees late in the day, Henderson’s red-hot display matched the conditions as she tied the front…

MLB game is delayed after an armed standoff outside stadium

The first pitch of the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburgh Pirates was delayed 30 minutes after a standoff between police and an armed man at the Truman Sports Complex. The complex in Kansas City, Missouri, houses Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals play, as well as Arrowhead Stadium, where the Kansas City…

Mo Salah hat trick sinks Leeds in seven-goal Premier League thriller

Mo Salah scored a hat trick to secure a 4-3 victory for English Premier League champion Liverpool in a breathtaking opening day match with Marcelo Bielsa’s swashbuckling Leeds United side at Anfield on Saturday. The away side came from behind three times and looked set to be earning a precious point until Salah converted an…

Naomi Osaka rallies to beat Victoria Azarenka for US Open title and third major

Naomi Osaka came to the US Open looking for a third Grand Slam title. She got it by beating a rejuvenated Victoria Azarenka 1-6 6-3 6-3 — after trailing by a set and nearly 3-0 — but leaves New York as much more than just a fabulous tennis player. Indeed, Osaka has combined her prowess…

Nadhim Shaker, former Iraqi soccer star, dies from Covid-19

Nadhim Shaker, one of Iraq’s most famous soccer stars in the 1970s and ’80s, has died from Covid-19, health officials told CNN on Saturday. He was 63. Shaker died Friday in a hospital in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, officials said. Shaker was one of the greatest defenders in Iraqi soccer history and a…

Nelly Korda leads at halfway in pursuit of maiden major title

Nelly Korda is closing on her first major golf title as a five-under 67 saw the young American take a two-shot halfway lead at the ANA Inspiration in California. The 22-year-old, the daughter of Czech tennis legend Petr Korda, the 1998 Australian Open champion, has shown remarkable consistency for the 36 holes at the sun-baked…

Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari executed despite international campaign

Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari has been executed in Iran on Saturday, according to Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA, despite a high-profile international campaign calling for the sentence not to be carried out. The 27-year-old was executed at a prison in Shiraz, according to IRNA. He had been sentenced to death in relation to the…

Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari executed despite international campaign

Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari has been executed in Iran on Saturday, according to Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA, despite a high-profile international campaign calling for the sentence not to be carried out. The 27-year-old was executed at a prison in Shiraz, according to IRNA. He had been sentenced to death in relation to the…

Zverev reaches first Grand Slam final after comeback win at US Open, will face Thiem

It wasn’t a classic five-setter, but Alexander Zverev might not mind. Zverev came from two sets down to beat Pablo Carreño Busta 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-3 at the US Open and reach his first Grand Slam final. “I looked at the scoreboard after two sets,” Zverev told reporters. “I thought to myself, ‘Look, I’m…

Marathon runner Chirine Njeim wants to use the Olympics to tell the world about Lebanon

Four-time Lebanese Olympian Chirine Njeim was on the phone with her mother in Beirut when the 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate exploded. Within seconds, her mother was hanging up the phone as she tried to make sure the rest of their family was okay. The August 4 explosion was unprecedented in magnitude, devastating the…

Two-time golf major winner John Daly reveals bladder cancer diagnosis

Two-time golf major winner John Daly has revealed he’s been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The 54-year-old underwent a procedure to remove the cancer, but said there is a high probability of it returning. “[The doctor] said there’s an 85 percent chance it comes back,” Daly told the Golf Channel. “I’ve got to go back and…

Nelly Korda takes ANA Inspiration lead as temperatures soar in California

The temperatures might not have yet hit the heights expected later this weekend, but the California heat tested Nelly Korda as she fought for the lead at the ANA Inspiration. Battling temperatures exceeding 93 degrees (F) — they are expected to surpass 100 degrees as the second women’s golf major of the year progresses —…

These were the Black victims Naomi Osaka honored on face masks at the US Open

She said earlier this year that she was “done being shy,” and tennis star Naomi Osaka duly found her voice at the 2020 US Open. Osaka, 22, won the tournament on Saturday by coming from behind to beat the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in a thrilling three-set final. Having produced some of the best tennis of…

Sebastian Vettel will join Aston Martin Formula One team from 2021

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will remain in Formula One after signing a deal with the Racing Point team, which will rebrand itself as Aston Martin from next season. There had been some doubt as to whether the German would continue in F1 after Ferrari announced in May that McLaren’s Carlos Sainz would be taking…

Brooks Koepka withdraws from US Open because of injury

Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka has pulled out of next week’s US Open because of injury. Koepka called an end to his PGA Tour season after failing to make the cut at the Wyndham Championship in August but reportedly had planned to take part in the US Open, which starts September 17 at Winged Foot…

Iran urged not to execute champion wrestler Navid Afkari

The World Players Association (WPA) has called for the head of the Iranian judiciary to grant an immediate stay of execution to Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari, who faces the death penalty. Afkari has been sentenced to death in relation to the murder of the Iranian government’s water and sewage department’s security agent Hasan Turkman…

Caster Semenya loses appeal in Swiss court over restriction of testosterone levels

Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya has lost an appeal against the restriction of testosterone in female athletes, it was announced Tuesday. Under World Athletics guidelines introduced last year, Semenya would have to take testosterone-reducing drugs in order to compete in races from 400m to a mile, which the 29-year-old has chosen not to do. Switzerland’s…

Marcelo Bielsa aims to bring whole new ball game to Premier League

“The Damned Utd” was the title of author David Peace’s novel about Leeds United and Brian Clough, who managed the club for just 44 days in 1974. Leeds is a club with a proud tradition, not least in having appointed two of English football’s clubs most influential managers. Clough, who went on to win two…

Cristiano Ronaldo scores landmark 100th international goal for Portugal

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th international goal on Tuesday, becoming just the second man in history to reach the milestone. The evergreen 35-year-old reached the landmark with a stunning free kick just before half time in Portgual’s Nations League match against Sweden and went on to score his 101st goal for his country…

Jennifer Brady reaches US Open semifinals after a trip to Germany

An unusual step is paying big dividends for Jennifer Brady, who surged to her first Grand Slam semifinal on Tuesday at the US Open. Brady overpowered Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 6-3 6-2 in just over an hour in New York, a continuation of her outstanding form since tennis restarted amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 28th seed…

The ‘greatest all-sport athlete’ who helped revolutionize women’s golf

In Beaumont, Texas, there is a small museum dedicated to a female double Olympic gold medalist and one of the greatest women golfers of all time. On some days, though, there will only be a handful of guests visiting the facility dedicated to the “greatest all-sport athlete of all time.” Even in her hometown, the…

Novak Djokovic is ‘in pain’ after US Open incident, says former coach

The US Open normally marks the end of the grand slam season. But the coronavirus pandemic changed that and having another major just around the corner could be exactly what Novak Djokovic needs to overcome the lowest point of his career. That is the thought of his friend and former coach Radek Stepanek, and former…

Lewis Hamilton to launch electric off-road racing Extreme E team

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has announced he will have a team competing in the inaugural all-electric off-road racing Extreme E series next year. Extreme E is a series founded by the same team behind Formula E, with races hosted across the globe to promote electrification, sustainability and equality. Its maiden season will be…

Dustin Johnson wins Tour Championship to clinch FedEx Cup and pocket $15 million prize

Dustin Johnson will be waking up on Tuesday $15 million richer. Not bad for a weekend’s work. The world No. 1 clinched the season-ending Tour Championship with a three-shot victory to win the FedEx Cup and equal the biggest single payout in PGA Tour history, matching the $15 million earned by Rory McIlroy for winning…

Kylian Mbappe tests positive for Covid-19 while playing with France

French football star Kylian Mbappe has tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Monday. Mbappe took a test on Monday morning that returned positive, the FFF said, and was then isolated from the French national team. France is scheduled to play at home in Paris on Tuesday…

Ansu Fati breaks 95-year record to become Spain’s youngest ever scorer

Ansu Fati became the youngest player to score for Spain during his country’s 4-0 win over Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday. Aged just 17 years and 311 days, the Barcelona forward broke the 95-year record that was set by Juan Errazquin — who scored his first international goal aged 18 years and…

Pierre Gasly claims maiden F1 victory in topsy-turvy Italian Grand Prix

Pierre Gasly secured victory at the Italian Grand Prix to claim his first ever race win in Formula One, taking advantage of one of the most chaotic races in recent memory. An uncharacteristic error from Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes during a safety car deployment opened the door for the young French driver, who was demoted…

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