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.
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions
If British industry succeeds in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would in part be thanks to the pioneering role played by Formula One (F1) racing teams in the country. Seven of F1’s 10 teams have joined forces with leading aerospace and engineering firms to ramp up production of ventilators, while Mercedes has also worked with medics and academics to produce an alternative breathing aid. Normally obsessed with improving the performance of cars that race at more than 320kph, the teams are stripping back lifesaving devices and using computer simulation to test whether more simplified models can be mass produced. The seven