• Kyrgios, Becker in war of words over Zverev's partying video
    (Reuters): Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker traded insults on social media on Tuesday following the Australian's criticism of Alexander Zverev after a video appeared to show the German dancing in a crowded club despite the COVID-19 pandemic.   The video was posted on Instagram by German designer Philipp Plein and later deleted. There was no indication of when the video was taken.   Zverev said last week he would self-isolate after playing in Novak Djokovic&#
  • Hakimi off to Inter in 50 million euro move from Real Madrid - reports
    MADRID, June 30 (Reuters): Morocco right back Achraf Hakimi is set to join Inter Milan from Real Madrid for 50 million euros ($56.05 million) after spending two years on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Spanish newspapers AS and Marca said on Tuesday.   Hakimi was photographed arriving in Milan on Tuesday for a medical and also published a farewell letter to Dortmund on his Instagram account.   The report in AS said the 21-year-old is about to sign a five-year cont
  • UEFA says Champions League final tournament still on but 'we'll adapt if we have to'
    PARIS, June 30 (Reuters): UEFA currently sees no need for a plan B for the Champions League final tournament due to be held in Lisbon, despite several suburbs of the Portuguese capital preparing to go back into lockdown as coronavirus cases surge again.   "UEFA is in permanent contact with the Portuguese Football Association and the local authorities," the governing body told French sports daily L'Equipe.   "We hope that everything will go
  • Renault retain Sirotkin as F1 reserve
    LONDON, June 30 (Reuters): Russian Sergey Sirotkin will be on standby in Austria this weekend after Renault announced on Tuesday they had retained him as their Formula One reserve driver.   The role has come into the spotlight more as the sport finally starts its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the possibility of drivers being ruled out by the virus.   Sirotkin, 24, raced for Williams in 2018 and filled the Renault reserve role in 2017 and 2019. Renau
  • Bournemouth's King faces late fitness test for Newcastle
    (Reuters): Bournemouth striker Joshua King has missed training due to an ankle injury and will undergo a late fitness test before the Cherries' Premier League match against Newcastle United on Wednesday, manager Eddie Howe said.   The 28-year-old hobbled off after a challenge by Gary Cahill in their 2-0 defeat by Crystal Palace and missed last week's 1-0 loss against Wolverhampton Wanderers.   "Joshua had a scan, nothing serious came back from it
  • Matip out of Liverpool's final seven games due to foot injury
    (Reuters): Liverpool defender Joel Matip will miss the remainder of the season due to a foot injury, the Premier League champions said on Tuesday.   Centre back Matip, who has been limited to 13 games in all competitions this season, sustained the injury during Liverpool's goalless draw with local rivals Everton earlier this month.   He also missed their 4-0 home win over Crystal Palace last week.   "This season I will be not back on the p
  • Porto win away to open up six point lead in league race
    LISBON, June 30 (Reuters): Chancel Mbemba's early goal proved enough to hand Porto a 1-0 away win over Pacos Ferreira on Monday and extend their lead at the top of Portugal's Primeira Liga.   Mbemba snapped up a chance after just seven minutes to hand Porto a vital win in the title race that puts them six points clear of defending champions Benfica with five matches remaining.   Benfica lost 2-0 earlier on Monday at Maritimo to continue a horror serie
  • Maritimo upset Benfica as title hopes slide even further away
    LISBON, June 30 (Reuters): Struggling Maritimo scored twice in the space of four second-half minutes to register a shock 2-0 home victory over Benfica on Monday and hand the Portuguese champions another setback in their bid to defend their league title.   The pace of home right back Nanu proved the difference as he raced away on the counterattack to square for Jorge Correa to score the first goal in the 74th minute. He then repeated the feat to set up Rodrigo Pinho for
  • Mee heads Burnley up to eighth with win at Palace
    LONDON, June 30 (Reuters): Burnley moved up to eighth in the Premier League after a header from captain Ben Mee earned them a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Monday.   Sean Dyche's side move above Arsenal and Sheffield United and on to 45 points, level on points with Tottenham Hotspur, who have played a game less.   Despite being depleted by injuries and with another incomplete and inexperienced substitute bench, Burnley were well on top in the first half wi
  • Derby player Wisdom recovering in hospital from stabbing
    (Reuters): Derby County defender Andre Wisdom is currently in hospital after being stabbed during a robbery in Liverpool, the English second-tier club said on Monday.   "Andre Wisdom has been the victim of an unprovoked assault and robbery. He sustained injuries which resulted in him being admitted to hospital," said a statement from Derby, who are eighth in the Championship.   "The club will focus its efforts on supporting Andre and his family
  • Liverpool don't need to spend heavily to improve: Klopp
    (Reuters): Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says he does not expect to spend heavily in the transfer window ahead of next season and sees a bright future for several youngsters looking to break into a strong main squad.   The Premier League champions had looked favourites to sign German striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig before the 24-year-old opted for Chelsea.   Klopp said the upcoming transfer window was likely to be more subdued than in previous years due
  • Solskjaer challenges Man United strike trio to improve
    (Reuters): Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there has been improvement from young attacking trio Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood this season but he could bring in another forward to boost competition for places.   Rashford and Martial have contributed 19 goals each in all competitions while Greenwood has scored 12 but Solskjaer said the trio still have to earn their spot.   "You need competition for places at Unite
  • COVID-19: Under pressure English FA cuts 82 jobs after losses
    London, June 29 (IANS): Citing a shortfall of 300 million pounds ($370 million) over four years due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the sport and restarting behind closed doors with no fans in stadiums, the English Football Association is set to make 82 people redundant, it said in a statement. "COVID-19 has had a significant impact on The FA and we now have a greater understanding of the long-term and irreversible effect of the pandemic on our finances," the s
  • Motorcycling: Dovizioso to be fit for season after collarbone surgery
    (Reuters): Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso is expected to be fit for the start of the 2020 MotoGP season next month after successful surgery for a damaged left collarbone, his team said on Monday.   The 34-year-old sustained the injury on Sunday in a crash while competing in a motocross race at Faenza in northern Italy.   Dovizioso had the operation in Modena and Ducati said he would be able to start physiotherapy immediately and be ready for the first race of
  • Mercedes to use black cars in stand against racism
    (Reuters): Formula One champions Mercedes unveiled black-liveried cars for the 2020 season on Monday as part of a public pledge to further improve diversity within the team and the world of motorsport.   Mercedes have traditionally raced in silver throughout their time in Formula One but will switch to black and have 'End Racism' emblazoned on the halo of both cars.   The team said the Black Lives Matter movement has "shone a searching light on h
  • Solskjaer expects teenager Gomes to leave United
    (Reuters): Manchester United's highly-rated teenage midfielder Angel Gomes is set to leave Old Trafford after failing to agree a new contract, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Monday.   Solskjaer had been hopeful that Gomes, who has been linked with Chelsea in the British media, would sign a new contract but told a news conference there was no update on the situation and the 19-year-old's current deal expires on Tuesday.   "I've got no ne
  • Hamilton targets Schumacher's record as F1 returns with Austria GP
    Spielberg, June 29 (IANS): Defending champion Lewis Hamilton will be targetting Michael Schumacher's record when Formula One returns this week after the 2019-20 season was savaged due to coronavirus pandemic. Austria's Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will play host to the first race of the season, which otherwise would have been the 11th race on the normal calendar. Six-time champion Hamilton, who is gunning to equal Schumacher's all-time record of seven titles, state
  • Klopp urges Liverpool fans to celebrate safely
    (Reuters): Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has urged supporters of the Premier League champions not to spoil the work done in containing the coronavirus outbreak by gathering in large numbers to celebrate their title victory.   Liverpool's 30-year wait for their 19th English top-flight crown ended on Thursday when Manchester City lost at Chelsea and thousands of fans turned up at Anfield to celebrate.   Liverpool, Merseyside police and the City Council is
  • Talking points from the Bundesliga weekend
    BERLIN, June 29 (Reuters): Talking points from the Bundesliga weekend:   Werder fate The Bundesliga's longest serving club, Werder Bremen, go into the relegation playoff games, knowing they are again in control of their own fate.   A 6-1 win on the final matchday against Cologne meant they were thrown a lifeline and will now face third-placed second division club Heidenheim in a two-leg playoff this week.   "It is now in our own hands,&
  • Xavi says hopes to coach Barcelona in the future
    (Reuters): Former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez has said he hopes to return to the Spanish club as head coach when the timing is right and that his technical team are already preparing for it.   Spanish media had reported that Xavi, who coaches Qatari club Al Sadd, had been approached by Barca to replace Ernesto Valverde before Quique Setien was appointed in January.   Barca are two points behind leaders Real Madrid with six matches remaining in the campaign