Chelsea tie on Costa brace
Diego Costa on Sunday scored his second goal of the game from an overhead-kick to earn Chelsea a 2-2 draw at Swansea City, ending the visitors’ winning start to the English Premier League season. Costa’s acrobatics in the 81st minute salvaged a point for Chelsea at Liberty Stadium after two defensive blunders in a three-minute span almost gifted Swansea a victory.
Balotelli leads Nice to win
Former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli on Sunday struck twice on his OGC Nice debut to help his new side defeat Mediterranean rivals Olympique de Marseille 3-2. Mevlut Erding netted a hat-trick as promoted Metz strolled to a 3-0 victory at Nantes, with Philippe Hinschberger’s men climbing into the top three. Paul Georges-Ntep provided an assist on his long-awaited return from injury as Stade Rennes beat Stade Malherbe Caen 2-0 in Brittany, with Wesley Said and Sanjin Prcic scoring the goals for the hosts.
Betis defeat Valencia 3-2
Valencia’s tough start to the season on Sunday hit a new low after Real Betis Balompie ended the club’s three-decade wait for a win at Mestalla Stadium. Ruben Castro and Joaquin Sanchez, both 35, combined for three goals to earn a thrilling 3-2 victory over Valencia. Betis last won in the league at Valencia in 1986. Raul Garcia’s 30m blast shortly before halftime stunned RC Deportivo de La Coruna and gave Athletic Bilbao their first league win of the season. A last-gasp strike, combined with a mistake by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, helped 10-man Sociedad Deportiva Eibar grab a 2-1 victory at Granada. Elsewhere, Real Sporting de Gijon beat CD Leganes 2-1 at home.
Mainz squander lead to tie
FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday threw away a three-goal lead in a thrilling 4-4 home draw against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as Werder Bremen lost 2-1 to Augsburg to stay bottom of the Bundesliga. Mainz, who are to meet French side AS Saint-Etienne in Europa League action on Thursday, looked on course for a rout with a Pablo De Blasis double on three and 23 minutes followed by another from Jhon Cordoba on 27. Sandro Wagner reduced the deficit for Hoffenheim on 39 minutes with Levin Oztunali getting the hosts’ fourth two minutes before the break.
Totti scores winner in debut
Veteran Francesco Totti on Sunday scored a stoppage-time winner in his first appearance of the season as AS Roma beat UC Sampdoria 3-2. Sudden and heavy rain meant the start of the second half was delayed for more than an hour. The weather also hit Genoa’s home match against ACF Fiorentina, which was abandoned after 28 minutes because of a fierce hailstorm. England goalkeeper Joe Hart had a debut to forget at Torino, who lost 2-1 at Atalanta BC. Mauro Icardi’s stoppage-time strike earned Frank de Boer his first win as Inter coach, a 2-1 defeat of promoted Pescara. AC Milan defender Luca Antonelli was hospitalized with a suspected head injury after colliding with a teammate in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Udinese at the San Siro.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017