Cowboys get Bills’ Cassel
Matt Cassel is headed to Dallas in a trade as the Cowboys try to bolster their depth at quarterback while Tony Romo is sidelined at least seven games because of a broken left collarbone. The Cowboys acquired Cassel from Buffalo on Tuesday, sending a fifth-round NFL draft pick in 2017 to the Bills and getting their seventh-round pick that year. Both teams announced the trade, and two people familiar with the deal told reporters about the draft picks involved because the rounds of the picks were not disclosed. Brandon Weeden is expected to start for Dallas on Sunday against Arizona, but Cassel is a veteran with far more experience than the fourth-year pro. He has 71 starts in 90 games over 11 seasons, not counting the opener this year.
Klizan advances in Metz
Sixth-seeded Martin Klizan advanced to the second round of the Open de Moselle in Metz, France, on Tuesday after local favorite Paul-Henri Mathieu retired with an Achilles’ tendon injury. Playing for the first time in Metz, Klizan led 6-7 (1/7), 6-3, 3-2 when Mathieu called it quits after nearly two hours of play. Klizan will next take on Vasek Pospisil, who progressed with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Aleksandr Nedovyesov. Seventh-seeded Adrian Mannarino, a former semi-finalist at the indoor hard-court tournament, also advanced with a 6-2, 7-5 win over fellow Frenchman Vincent Millot. Edouard Roger-Vasselin came out on top of another all-French match, defeating Kenny de Schepper 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), setting up a second-round meeting with second-seeded Gilles Simon. Fernando Verdasco, playing in Metz with a wild card, rallied past Alexander Zverev 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-3 after hitting 13 aces.
Robredo beats Youzhny
Fifth-seeded Tommy Robredo beat Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the second round of the St Petersburg Open in Russia on Tuesday. Youzhny won more points than his Spanish opponent overall, but lacked consistency on the key points in a match between two 33-year-old veterans. Robredo next plays Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. He won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 against Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, winner of the last edition of the tournament in 2013. Benoit Paire became the first seeded player to fall, with the sixth-seeded Frenchman retiring hurt from his first-round encounter with Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz. Paire was moving slowly when he quit, with Janowicz cruising at 6-4, 3-0.
Marseille fans sentenced
Three Olympique de Marseille supporters were handed prison sentences of between four and six months over violent incidents during the weekend clash between their side and Olympique Lyonnais. However, the three, aged between 18 and 29, may never see the inside of a jail cell, as they were released from the Marseille criminal court pending an appearance before the judge of first instance, who may decide to commute their sentences to community service. They had been charged with armed assault against public authority figures — they were caught throwing various objects including stones and glasses at police officers — in the confines of Marseille’s Stade Velodrome before Sunday’s match, which ended in a 1-1 draw. They were also banned from all Marseille matches — home and away — for two years, and from any Euro 2016 games. Two other supporters accused of the same crimes will be judged on Oct. 25, as will another fan accused of setting off a smoke bomb inside the stadium.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
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Preparing to complete a ninth Serie A campaign without winning the scudetto, AC Milan decided that returning to the pinnacle of club soccer required a new approach. Roc Nation, the entertainment agency of US rapper Jay-Z is at the center of it, linking up with Milan to scour the world for sponsors, and use concerts and other high-profile events to attract new fans. And who better to ask about how to end a title drought than the team who just won their league for the first time in 30 years? “We have been talking to Liverpool, because they’ve been through the same path