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Mandzukic suffers injury

Juventus have suffered a blow after Mario Mandzukic was sidelined for up to three weeks on Monday, notably ruling the Croatian out of the Turin giants’ UEFA Champions League clash at home to Sevilla. Both Mandzukic and teammate Alvaro Morata were forced off toward the end of Juve’s 2-0 victory away to Genoa on Sunday, which ended the reigning champions’ quest for a first Serie A win of the campaign. Mandzukic underwent tests on Monday that “revealed a first-grade tear in his right thigh muscle. He will be sidelined from competition for 20 days,” a statement on Juve’s Web site said. However, there was good news regarding Morata, who scored Juve’s winning goal in a precious 2-1 victory over Manchester City in their Champions League opener last week. The Spaniard had complained of an abdominal muscle pain on Sunday, but tests revealed no strain or tear, according to the club statement.


Cavendish undergoes surgery

British sprint specialist Mark Cavendish has undergone surgery on his left shoulder following a crash that ruled him out of the Road Cycling World Championships. Cavendish, who won the road race world title in 2011, injured his left shoulder when he crashed during stage six of the Tour of Britain on Sept. 11. Cavendish’s team, Etixx-Quick-Step, said in a statement on Monday that the surgery was successful and that the “Manx Missile” would not return to competition before next season. Cavendish said he decided to have surgery “to avoid any problems in the near future.” Last year at the Tour de France, Cavendish had to pull out of the race with ruptured ligaments in his right shoulder.


Muller defeats Bedene

Gilles Muller of Luxembourg advanced to the second round of the Open de Moselle with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Aljaz Bedene of Britain on Monday. The 45th-ranked Muller hit 20 aces and converted three break points to progress at the indoor hard-court event. There was just one first-round match scheduled on Monday. Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka is to open his campaign later this week in the second round against either Dustin Brown of Germany or Rajeev Ram of the US.


Haider-Maurer beats Traver

Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria beat Daniel Gimeno Traver of Spain on Monday in the first round of the St Petersburg Open, which returned to the ATP tour following a one-year absence. The day’s only main-draw singles match was close until Haider-Maurer seized the initiative in the second-set tiebreaker, taking the first five points on his way to winning 7-5, 7-6(2). The 61st-ranked Haider-Maurer faces fellow Austrian and third-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round. The US$1 million St Petersburg hard-court event was moved to Israel last season, but canceled when conflict flared up in the Gaza Strip. Its return means Russia has two ATP events.


Belaili banned for two years

Algerian international Youcef Belaili has been handed a two-year ban for doping, the Algerian national league ruling body (LFP) announced on Monday. “Belaili tested positive for a banned substance. He will be suspended for two years from all national and international competitions,” LFP president Mahfoud Kerbadj was reported as saying by the APS agency.

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