Football: De Jong hopes to stay and Barca want him, says Laporta
Football: De Jong hopes to stay and Barca want him, says Laporta

(REUTERS) – Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong sees his future at the La Liga side despite exit reports and the club want him to remain at the Nou Camp, president Joan Laporta said on Sunday (Aug 7). The Dutch international has been linked with a Premier League move in the current transfer window, with British... » read more

Commonwealth Games: 10 Sri Lankans missing in Birmingham, reveals official
Commonwealth Games: 10 Sri Lankans missing in Birmingham, reveals official

COLOMBO (AFP) – Ten members of crisis-hit Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Games contingent in Birmingham have disappeared in a suspected attempt to remain in Britain, a top sports official told AFP on Sunday (Aug 7). The nine athletes and a manager vanished after completing their events, the Sri Lankan official said, requesting anonymity. Three of them... » read more

Tennis: Australia’s Kyrgios beats Japan’s Nishioka for ATP Washington title
Tennis: Australia’s Kyrgios beats Japan’s Nishioka for ATP Washington title

WASHINGTON DC (AFP) – Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios won his seventh ATP title and first in three years by defeating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in Sunday’s (Aug 7) men’s final at the ATP and WTA Washington Open. The 27-year-old Australian downed 96th-ranked left-hander Nishioka 6-4, 6-3 for his first ATP title since capturing the 2019 Washington... » read more

Football: Alonso wants to leave Chelsea, says Tuchel
Football: Alonso wants to leave Chelsea, says Tuchel

LONDON (REUTERS) – Defender Marcos Alonso was not included in Chelsea’s line-up for their opening match of the Premier League season against Everton as he wants to leave the club, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Saturday (Aug 6). “He asked to leave and we agreed to his wish,” Tuchel told reporters after his team beat... » read more

Tennis: Badosa shuts down Gauff to reach WTA San Jose semi-finals
Tennis: Badosa shuts down Gauff to reach WTA San Jose semi-finals

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Second-seeded Spaniard Paula Badosa swept into the semi-finals of the WTA hard-court tournament in San Jose on Friday with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory over rising US star Coco Gauff. Badosa, ranked fourth in the world, twice recovered from a break down in the opening set as she booked a final-four... » read more

Football: Lampard hopeful ‘tough love’ can help Alli rediscover form
Football: Lampard hopeful ‘tough love’ can help Alli rediscover form

(REUTERS) – Everton manager Frank Lampard said support and “tough love” can help midfielder Dele Alli find his touch after an underwhelming start to life at Goodison Park. Alli, 26, made just one start following his January switch from Tottenham Hotspur, failing to record a goal or an assist. “It is possible to work with... » read more

Commonwealth Games: Dominant Australian swimmers eye Olympic glory
Commonwealth Games: Dominant Australian swimmers eye Olympic glory

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM (AFP) – Emma McKeon, Ariarne Titmus and the rest of Australia’s swimming team are heading home after a stellar Commonwealth Games with their eyes firmly set on the 2024 Olympics. Australia won 25 of 52 golds in the Birmingham pool, with their established stars supported by an exciting cast of up-and-coming talents,... » read more

Football: Teams cannot stop taking the knee, says Palace boss Vieira
Football: Teams cannot stop taking the knee, says Palace boss Vieira

LONDON (REUTERS) – Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira said Premier League teams should not stop “taking the knee”, after club captains decided to limit the pre-match anti-racism gesture to only some significant matches from the new season. The Black Lives Matter cause was taken up by Premier League clubs in 2020 following the death of... » read more

Tennis: Unvaccinated Djokovic officially out of Montreal ATP event
Tennis: Unvaccinated Djokovic officially out of Montreal ATP event

MONTREAL (AFP) – Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, whose refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19 makes him unable to enter Canada, has officially withdrawn from the ATP hardcourt tournament in Montreal, organisers said on Thursday (Aug 4). The Serb star’s unvaccinated status made it unlikely he would play in the prestigious ATP Masters tournament, just as... » read more

Swimming: Peaty suffers shock breaststroke loss at Commonwealth Games
Swimming: Peaty suffers shock breaststroke loss at Commonwealth Games

BIRMINGHAM (AFP) – Adam Peaty was beaten in the men’s 100m breaststroke for the first time since 2015 at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday (July 31) as England team-mate James Wilby took gold. The world record holder was first at the turn but faded in the second 50m, as Wilby stormed to victory in 59.25sec. Zac... » read more

Golf: Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson confirms move to LIV
Golf: Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson confirms move to LIV

NEW YORK (AFP) – Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, currently ranked 86th in the world, confirmed his move to the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series on Friday (July 29). The former world No. 2 has been sidelined since May and said he won’t actually play on the fledgling circuit until he feels he is 100... » read more