• Frenchman Tsonga ruled out for rest of 2020 due to back injury
    (Reuters): A lingering lower back problem has forced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out of his home Grand Slam at the French Open and the rest of 2020, the former world number five said on Wednesday. The 35-year-old Tsonga has not played since lower back pain forced him to retire from his first-round match at the Australian Open in January against Alexei Popyrin while trailing 6-7(5) 6-2 6-1. Tsonga, the 2008 finalist in Melbourne, said the problems still persist and he will have to mis
  • Villa land goalkeeper Martinez from Arsenal on four-year deal
    (Reuters): Aston Villa have completed the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal on a four-year deal, the Premier League club said in a statement on Wednesday. The 28-year-old spent 10 years at the club and played only 39 first-team matches for them in all competitions, including 23 in the 2019-20 campaign filling in for the injured Bernd Leno. He helped Mikel Arteta's side finish eighth in the league and lift their 14th FA Cup trophy last month as they def
  • Ex-head of world athletics Diack gets jail for corruption
    PARIS, September 16 (Reuters): Lamine Diack, the former head of world athletics' governing body, was convicted in France on Wednesday of corruption in a Russian doping scandal and sentenced to spend at least two years in jail. Diack, 87, was found guilty of taking bribes from athletes in return for orchestrating the cover up of test results that enabled them to continue competing, including in the 2012 London Olympics. Diack was also found guilty of accepting Russian mon
  • COVID-19 pandemic to cost football $14 billion this year, says FIFA
    BERN, September 16 (Reuters): The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cost club football $14 billion this year worldwide, around one third of its value, a leading official at global soccer body FIFA said on Wednesday. Olli Rehn, who heads the FIFA committee set up to tackle the effects of the pandemic, said that FIFA, along with financial consultants, had estimated the club game to be worth between $40 billion and $45 billion worldwide. He said the figure of $14 billion was based
  • East Bengal place bid to participate in ISL 2020-21
    New Delhi, September 16 (IANS): Kolkata football giant East Bengal have submitted the Invitation to Bid (ITD) documents to Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) to participate in the upcoming edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). East Bengal had recently announced that they had sold a majority stake to city-based Shree Cement Ltd and would appeal to the ISL organisers in a bid to make a dramatic late entry into the country's top-tier club competition. "We are ex
  • After early exits in New York, Gauff gets first win on clay
    (Reuters): American teen Coco Gauff arrived in Rome on the heels of two early exits in New York and was glad to get her season back on track with a victory over Ons Jabeur at the Italian Open in her first Tour-level main draw match on clay. The 16-year-old made the fourth round of this year's Australian Open and reached the same stage at Wimbledon last year but suffered a first-round exit at her home Grand Slam at the U.S. Open two weeks ago. That defeat came after she l
  • Bernal withdraws from Tour de France ahead of stage 17
    GRENOBLE, France, september 16 (Reuters): Defending champion Egan Bernal has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of stage 17 after dropping out of contention at the weekend, his Ineos Grenadiers team said on Wednesday. Bernal's hopes of winning the race fell away when he cracked in the 15th stage and he was dropped from the main bunch in the ascent to Saint-Nizier suffering from back pains in Tuesday's 16th stage. Bernal had said compensating for his back led to
  • Lazy' criticism result of racial stereotypes, says Khawaja
    SYDNEY, September 16 (Reuters): Australia batsman Usman Khawaja believes criticism of him as a "lazy" player is rooted in racial stereotypes and thinks cricket needs to do more to attract players from more ethnically diverse backgrounds. The lefthanded batsman, who was born in Pakistan and moved to Sydney as a young child, was the first Muslim to play for Australia when he made his test debut in the final match of the 2010-2011 Ashes series. "I always had that
  • Australia tweaks national players' pay deal to reflect COVID-19 impact
    MELBOURNE, September 16 (Reuters): Australia's national soccer players have agreed to pay-cuts as part of an adjusted collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that takes into account the economic impact of the novel coronavirus, the players union said on Wednesday. The revised CBA, which applies to both the men's and women's teams, will carry through to the completion of the 2023 Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Professional Footballers Australia (PF
  • Teenager Musetti comes of age with win over Wawrinka in Rome
    (Reuters): Coming into just his second Tour level match Lorenzo Musetti did not expect to beat three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka at the Italian Open on Tuesday but the teenager says he fully deserved his stunning 6-0 7-6(2) victory. A straight-sets loss to Andrey Rublev in Dubai in February was Musetti's only Tour-level appearance before the claycourt matchup against Swiss Wawrinka, who counts the French Open among his three major titles. "I think it's
  • Leyton Orient book League Cup clash with Spurs and shirt sponsor Kane
    (Reuters): Leyton Orient could come up against a familiar face and the sponsor of their playing kit in Harry Kane in the third round of the League Cup after Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Plymouth Argyle earned them a meeting with Tottenham Hotspur. England striker Kane, who made his senior debut with east London side Orient in 2011 when he was on loan for half a season from Spurs, said in May he would sponsor the League Two (fourth tier) club's kit for the 2020-21 campaign
  • Julius Baer eyes DOJ payment in FIFA matter, plans dividend
    ZURICH, September 16 (Reuters): Julius Baer may pay tens of millions of dollars to settle U.S. allegations over its role in soccer body FIFA's corruption affair, the Swiss bank said on Wednesday, adding it will ask shareholders in November to a back a second 2019 dividend tranche. Baer is in what it described as "advanced" talks with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over the FIFA scandal, a holdover from the era of former Chief Executive Boris Collardi, who is
  • Newcastle's Bruce pleased with Fraser after winger scores on debut
    (Reuters): Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has hailed the impact of new signing Ryan Fraser after the Scottish winger scored on his debut in Tuesday's 1-0 League Cup win over Championship (second-tier) side Blackburn Rovers. Fraser left Bournemouth at the end of his contract in June after he opted against a short-term extension on the Premier League's restart following the hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 26-year-old joined fellow new arrivals Callum Wil
  • Golf: Australian PGA Championship postponed to February due to COVID-19
    MELBOURNE, September 16 (Reuters): The Australian PGA Championship has been postponed until February 2021 in the hope strict COVID-19 controls can be lifted by early next year, organisers said on Wednesday. The tournament was scheduled to take place on the Gold Coast in December but organisers said they had made the "difficult decision" to push it back to Feb. 18-21 after consulting government and stakeholders. "We have investigated numerous contingency plans
  • Woods aims to end lacklustre run at US Open
    MAMARONECK, New York, September 16 (Reuters): Tiger Woods hopes to snap his run of lacklustre performances at the U.S. Open this week, nearly a year after his last PGA Tour victory. Woods has yet to finish in the top 10 of any tournament since the sport returned after being suspended due to the novel coronavirus, while his last victory came at the Zozo Championship last October when he equalled Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour wins. "This year I really haven't
  • Motorcycling: First female champion Carrasco to miss rest of season after crash
    (Reuters): Spanish rider Ana Carrasco, who in 2018 became the first woman to win a motorcycling world title, will miss the rest of the Supersport 300 season after a crash in Portugal last week. The 23-year-old Kawasaki rider fractured two vertebrae in the fall during testing at Estoril and will take at least three months to recover from surgery. "Falls and injuries are part of my job as a rider. For my part, the 2020 season is over and tomorrow I start my "2021 pre
  • Horse Racing: Nine-time Irish champion Smullen dies aged 43
    DUBLIN, September 16 (Reuters): Nine-time Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen has died aged 43, just over a year after retiring from racing as he had treatment for pancreatic cancer, British media reported on Tuesday. He helped raise over 2.5 million euros ($2.96 million) for pancreatic cancer trials and research by organising a legends race and was hailed as “the ultimate professional” in tributes. Smullen, from Rhode in County Offaly, won the Epsom Derby and the
  • PAOK dump Benfica out of Champions League qualifying
    SALONIKA, Greece, Septemebr 16 (Reuters): Former European Cup winners Benfica crashed out of the Champions League third qualifying round after a shock 2-1 defeat at PAOK Salonika on Tuesday as Serbia winger Andrija Zivkovic scored against his former club a week after leaving them. Dynamo Kiev also advanced to the playoff round with a 2-0 home win over Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, as did Belgians Gent after they beat visitors Rapid Vienna 2-1. PAOK'S reward is a two-legged
  • Spurs in talks with Real Madrid to re-sign Bale, says agent
    (Reuters): Tottenham Hotspur are in talks with Real Madrid to re-sign winger Gareth Bale, his agent said on Tuesday, as the Wales international looks to end his troubled spell at the Spanish club. Bale made over 200 appearances for Premier League Spurs between 2007 and 2013, scoring 56 goals with 58 assists before his then world record move to Real for 100 million euros ($118.46 million). The 31-year-old has scored over 100 goals for the Madrid side and won numerous trophies
  • Lyon pour cold water on Depay to Barcelona transfer speculation
    (Reuters): Olympique Lyonnais on Tuesday poured cold water on reports that their Dutch international forward Memphis Depay is on the brink of a 30-million euro ($35.54 million) move to Barcelona. Dutch media reported on Tuesday that the Catalan club, where former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman recently took over, were on the brink of signing the 26-year-old striker. Yet Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said the Spanish giants had told him Depay was too expensive for them.