Archive | October 2019

Ada Hegerberg breaks Women’s Champions League goalscoring record….

Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg has won four European trophies, five league titles and the Ballon d’Or. Now she’s the highest scorer in Women’s Champions League history and she’s only 24. The Norwegian has surpassed the record held by German Anja Mittag (51) and now has 53 goals from 50 appearances in the Champions League.

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Ancelotti sent off amidst referee buffonery….

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says “buffoonery from the referee” led to coach Carlo Ancelotti and his assistant being sent off in the 2-2 Serie A draw with Atalanta. In a fiery end to the game, Josip Ilicic’s 86th-minute equaliser stood after a long VAR review, as Napoli appealed for a penalty. Ancelotti and his assistant were then shown red cards for protesting.

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Vlatko Andonovski is new USA women’s soccer team coach….

Vlatko Andonovski has been named as the new head coach of the United States women’s football team. The 43-year-old has led National Women’s Soccer League side Reign FC in Seattle for the past two seasons. “I can’t imagine a more perfect match than this coach for this team at this moment in time,” said US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.

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Naomi Osaka out of WTA Finals with injury….

World number three Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the WTA Finals in Shenzhen because of a shoulder injury. Japan’s Osaka, 22, beat Petra Kvitova in three sets in her opening match on Sunday and was due to play world number one Ashleigh Barty on Tuesday. The Australian Open champion will be replaced in the Red Group by alternate Kiki Bertens, the world number 10.

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Swimmer Atherton sets world record….

Minna Atherton became the first woman under 55 seconds in the 100m backstroke as London Roar won again in the International Swimming League. The 19-year-old Australian, who won the 200m and 50m backstrokes on Saturday, recorded a time 54.89 seconds to set the first World Record in ISL history.

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Soccer player concedes penalty while warming up….

Holstein Kiel midfielder Michael Eberwein was warming up behind the goal during a German second division game against Bochum on Friday when he kicked a wayward shot back into play. However, VAR spotted Eberwein had touched the ball before it had crossed the line, prompting referee Timo Gerach to give a penalty and show him a yellow card.

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Federer wins 10th Swiss Indoors….

Roger Federer captured his 10th Swiss Indoors crown with an emphatic 6-2 6-2 victory over Alex de Minaur. The 38-year-old Swiss maestro extended his winning run to 24 matches in the event and sealed his 103rd ATP title. He broke twice to take the first set in 34 minutes against the world number 28, playing his only sixth ATP final.

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USA striker Alex Morgan expecting a baby girl….

United States striker Alex Morgan has announced she is pregnant. Morgan, 30, finished joint-top scorer at the 2019 Women’s World Cup and is viewed as one of the world’s most influential female players. Her first child is due in April 2020, three months before USA are scheduled to play at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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Guardiola hails Sterling after Champions League hat-trick….

Pep Guardiola hailed Raheem Sterling as an extraordinary talent after his 11-minute second-half hat-trick helped Manchester City demolish Atalanta and maintain their 100% start in Champions League Group C. Sterling is City’s leading scorer with 12 goals in 13 games in all competitions this season and this latest ruthless display demonstrated again what a potent finisher he has become.

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Wayne Rooney ends Major League Soccer career….

Wayne Rooney has been hailed as a “big plus” during his time at DC United, after the former England captain played his final MLS game. Rooney, 33, who will move to Derby County in a player-coach role in January, saw his MLS career come to an end as DC suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat by Toronto FC in the play-offs.

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