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Messi nets sublime hat-trick as Barca rout Mallorca

Barcelona, Spain - Lionel Messi celebrated his sixth Ballon d’Or award with a brilliant hat-trick as Barcelona moved back top of La Liga with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Real Mallorca on Saturday 12-7-2019.Real Madrid had climbed three points clear after beating Espanyol, but Ernesto Valverde


Avalanche send Bruins to 1st home regulation loss

Los Angeles - Ian Cole scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the second period as the Colorado Avalanche handed the Boston Bruins their first regulation home loss of the season, 4-1, on Saturday 12-7-2019.Valeri Nichushkin, Andre Burakovsky and Gabriel Landeskog also scored, and Joonas Donskoi


Lions fined $110K for mishandling Stafford injury status

Los Angeles - The Detroit Lions organisation was fined $110,000 on Saturday for how it handled the injury designation of quarterback Matthew Stafford before a November 10 game against the Chicago Bears.The breakdown of fines included $75,000 as an organisation, $25,000 to coach Matt Patricia and $10


Iraq stun Asian Champions Qatar in Gulf Cup opener

Mohamed Qasim Majid scored two first-half goals to give Iraq a 2-1 win over Asian champions Qatar in the opening match of the Arabian Gulf Cup in Doha on Tuesday. Qasim Majid’s attempted cross found the net 18 minutes into the Group A match, and the midfielder doubled their lead with a stunni


Mourinho Brings Good, Bad and Ugly, but in What Ratio at Tottenham?

London - Jamie Jackson - The good, the bad and the ugly: José Mourinho’s appointment as head coach by Tottenham Hotspur means his managerial modus operandi is back in the Premier League. Fans of Spurs and some of their players may mourn the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino and question t


Rafael Nadal produces stunning comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal produced an incredible fightback to beat Russian Daniil Medvedev and keep his ATP Finals hopes alive on Wednesday 11-13-2019, saving a match point at 1-5 down in the decider before winning 6-7, 6-3, 7-6. The 33-year-old looked beaten as 23-year-old debutant Medvedev broke serve twice i


Matuidi out of France's Euro 2020 qualifiers with rib knock

Blaise Matuidi has been ruled out of France's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Albania with a rib injury, the Juventus midfielder announced on Monday. Matuidi picked up the knock in the 1-0 win over AC Milan that kept champions Juve top of Serie A, and failed to make the trip to Paris ahe


Salazar lodges ban appeal with top sports court

Disgraced running coach Alberto Salazar has lodged an appeal against a four-year ban for doping offences, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Monday. Jeffrey Brown, a Texas endocrinologist who treated many of Salazar's athletes at Nike's Oregon Project training hub in Portland, has al


Djokovic romps to victory in ATP Finals opener

Novak Djokovic began his quest for a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title and sixth year-end number one spot on Sunday with an imperious 6-2, 6-1 victory against Italy's Matteo Berrettini. The Serbian was last week nudged off the top position in the rankings by Rafael Nadal, who is also in the


Young pretenders arrive in force in London

The greatest trio ever bestowed on men’s tennis steadfastly refuse to step aside but this year’s ATP Finals boasts a fresh new look that offers a glimpse of the rivalries that should sustain the sport when they go. Top seed Rafael Nadal, who can clinch the year-end top ranking for the f


Klopp warns Liverpool fans against repeat of 'senseless' Man City attack

  Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called for a cauldron of an atmosphere when the European champions host Manchester City on Sunday, but warned fans against overstepping the line. City's team bus was damaged by thrown bottles ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Anfield


Kolisi is more popular than me, jokes Ramaphosa as 'Boks start tour

The World Cup-winning Springboks began their homecoming tour on Thursday as thousands of people cheered them in Pretoria and President Cyril Ramaphosa joked he was less popular than captain Siya Kolisi.  The Springboks' 32-12 victory against England in Japan has been greeted with joy in Sout


Nadal's late-season injury jinx strikes again

 Rafael Nadal's vulnerability to late-season injuries resurfaced this weekend as the 19-time Grand Slam champion was forced out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal muscle strain. The 33-year-old has carved out one of the sport's greatest-ever careers in spite of persistent injury troubles,


Frankfurt hand Bayern Munich biggest Bundesliga defeat for a decade

BERLIN- Bayern Munich crashed to their heaviest Bundesliga defeat for a decade with a 5-1 thrashing at Eintracht Frankfurt which leaves head coach Niko Kovac under huge pressure. Defending champions Bayern, who had to play the majority of the match with 10 men following Jerome Boateng's ninth-minut


Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Tennis Championship marks 50 days before tournament start

ABU DHABI- The first day of this year's Mubadala World Tennis Championship will be "Kid's Day," with organizers announcing on Wednesday that children under 12 can enter for free. Now in its 12th edition, and taking place Dec. 19-21, the Abu Dhabi tournament's Tennis Village will also host autograph


Lakers, Clippers set to star in wide-open NBA season

LOS ANGELES- It’s a whole new ballgame in the NBA, where a seismic shift in star talent has flung the door wide open to an array of 2020 title contenders. The NBA, whose sudden row with China promises to linger, will be hoping on-court excitement in the wake of unexpected off-season moves wil


Murray beats Wawrinka to win first title since hip surgery

Andy Murray claimed his first ATP title since having career-saving hip surgery as he fought off Stan Wawrinka in an engrossing duel in the European Open final in Antwerp on Sunday. Former world number one Murray, who appeared on the brink of retirement after losing in the first round of the Austra


Real Madrid Loses Undefeated Status against Mallorca

 Mallorca defeated Real Madrid 1-0 at Son Moix Stadium with a goal by Ivory Coast native Lago Junior in the first half, thereby picking up three golden points in its struggle to improve its up-to-now poor record against a rival that left its unbeaten status and league leadership on the island


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