Cristiano Ronaldo will play the full 90 minutes against boyhood club Sporting Lisbon as he steps up his return from injury in the Champions League on Wednesday. Ronaldo made his first appearance since injuring his knee in the Euro 2016 final against Osasuna on Saturday, scoring the opener, but he was substituted on 65 minutes. Head coach Zinedine Zidanes said: “The idea is for him to play 90 minutes. I try to speak to Cristiano about other things than minutes because if you ask him he always wants to play 90 minutes. “I’m always thinking about the two months he was out because that’s a long time for a player … [But] he’s ready, we’ll see what happens.”
Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out for approximately 10 days after straining ligaments in his foot against Swansea on Sunday. The 35-year-old captain will miss Chelsea’s Premier League game against Liverpool on Friday and the EFL Cup game at Leicester on September 20. New signings David Luiz or Marcos Alonso could deputise in his absence.
Newly-crowned world number one Angelique Kerber says she has nothing left to prove after winning the US Open, her second grand slam this year. The German has also won silver at the Olympics and reached the Wimbledon final. She beat Katerina Pliskova to win the final Grand Slam of the year in New York to add to her Australian Open title. The 28-year-old said: “I don’t have anything to prove anymore. I am at the top, number one. I waited for this moment all my life.”
The Football Pools is being sold for £97.25m by current owners Sportech to a group of gambling industry investors. Sportech wants to sell the betting firm, which began 93 years ago and was once the main way to gamble on football, to focus on its US business. The pools are now played by about 300,000 people, although at their height 10 million players took part. Those Nigerians of age 40 and above should know when “pool” was popular albeit been seen as lazy man’s job.
Tottenham Hotspur have announced that Eric Dier has signed a new contract with the club which will run until 2021. The 22-year-old holding midfielder has become an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side since his arrival at the club from Sporting Lisbon in 2014.
San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick has continued his protest about racial inequality by kneeling as the national anthem was played before a 28-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Team-mate Eric Reid knelt with Kaepernick, while two others – Antoine Bethea and Eli Harold – raised fists during the Star Spangled Banner. The Rams’ Kenny Britt and Robert Quinn also held their fists in the air. Back-up quarterback Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem to highlight what he says is oppression of black people in the United States.