Tennis: Top seeds Sabalenka, Muguruza crash out in Moscow

MOSCOW (AFP) – Aryna Sabalenka and Garbine Muguruza, the top two seeds at the Kremlin Cup, slumped to straight-sets losses in the quarter-finals on Friday (Oct 22). Russian world number 37 Ekaterina Alexandrova eased to a 6-3, 6-4 upset of Sabalenka for a sixth career win over a top 10 player. Ninth seed Anett Kontaveit... » read more

Football: Dortmund’s Haaland out for a few weeks with hip injury

BERLIN (REUTERS) – Borussia Dortmund’s Norway striker Erling Haaland is set to spend a few weeks on the sidelines after picking up a hip injury, manager Marco Rose said on Friday (Oct 22). Haaland only returned from a thigh problem last week, scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga. The... » read more

Cycling: Hoogland storms to track cycling world time trial gold

ROUBAIX, FRANCE (AFP) – Jeffrey Hoogland’s sizzling 58.418sec ride won gold in the men’s 1km time-trial at the track cycling world championships on Friday (Oct 22). At a packed Roubaix indoor stadium, the Dutchman was over a second faster than 23-year-old Nicholas Paul of Trinidad, who also rode a sub one minute 59.791sec, only to... » read more

Formula One: Bottas takes five-place grid penalty for sixth engine

AUSTIN, TEXAS (REUTERS) – Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas will have a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s US Grand Prix after taking his sixth engine of the Formula One season. Drivers are allowed only three engines without penalty and Bottas has already had grid drops at the Italian and Russian Grands Prix. The... » read more

Tennis: Top seed Rublev out of Kremlin Cup, Sakkari into WTA Finals

MOSCOW (AFP) – Adrian Mannarino saved a match point to defeat top seed Andrey Rublev at the Kremlin Cup on Thursday (Oct 21), avenging his defeat to the Russian in the Moscow final two years ago. France’s Mannarino, 33, triumphed 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 over the world number six to reach the quarter-finals. “Two years... » read more

Football: Ansu Fati agrees six-year Barcelona contract

BARCELONA (AFP) – Ansu Fati has extended his contract with Barcelona until 2027, the club announced on Wednesday (Oct 20), shortly after their 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. Fati, who has recently returned after almost a year out with a knee injury, will have a release clause in his new deal... » read more

Football: Valbuena felt ‘in danger’ over sex tape, Benzema trial hears
Football: Valbuena felt ‘in danger’ over sex tape, Benzema trial hears

VERSAILLES, FRANCE (AFP) – Former France international Mathieu Valbuena told a court on Wednesday (Oct 20) he “felt in danger” after being targeted in a blackmail attempt involving a sex tape over which his former teammate, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, has gone on trial. France striker Benzema is accused of complicity in an attempt... » read more

Football: Five arrested after Man City supporter attacked

LONDON (REUTERS) – Five people have been arrested and an investigation is under way after a Manchester City supporter was attacked following their Champions League game at Club Brugge, Belgian authorities said on Wednesday (Oct 20). The incident took place at a parking lot in Drongen after City’s 5-1 win over Brugge on Tuesday. The... » read more

Football: Newcastle United asks fans to ditch Arabic outfits after Saudi deal

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) – Newcastle United football club asked fans to stop wearing traditional Arabic clothing or head coverings if they wouldn’t ordinarily wear such attire to soccer matches. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund’s purchase of Newcastle for £305 million (S$560 million) from billionaire Mike Ashley earlier this month prompted celebrating supporters to wear Middle East-inspired... » read more

Football: Man City crush Brugge to re-energise Champions League push

BRUGES, FRANCE (AFP) – Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Manchester City delivered “one of their best” Champions League performances to thrash Club Brugge 5-1 on Tuesday (Oct 19) and re-emphasise their status as major contenders for a first European crown. Joao Cancelo gave City a deserved lead on the half-hour and Mahrez converted a penalty... » read more

Tennis: Raducanu is new ambassador for fashion house Dior
Tennis: Raducanu is new ambassador for fashion house Dior

LONDON (AFP) – US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been announced as a new ambassador for French luxury fashion house Dior in the latest sign of her rapid elevation to A-list celebrity. The British teenager, who is also the face of jewellery brand Tiffany and Co, will represent Maria Grazia Chiuri’s womenswear collections and Dior’s... » read more

Football: Kane ends goal drought as Spurs beat Newcastle

NEWCASTLE (REUTERS) – Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham Hotspur overcame Newcastle United 3-2 at St James’ Park on Sunday (Oct 17) to prolong the hosts’ winless run in a match that was briefly halted after a fan collapsed in the crowd. Newcastle, spurred on by a buoyant... » read more

Football: Play resumes at Newcastle v Tottenham match after fan collapses

LONDON (REUTERS) – Newcastle United’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park on Sunday was suspended for several minutes after a fan collapsed in the crowd, but then resumed. Spurs were leading 2-1 in the 41st minute when referee Andre Marriner halted the match after players brought the medical emergency in the... » read more