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The pair face each other in a super-middleweight showdown in Texas this weekend.
Barty is looking for her third title in a row on the surface dating back to the 2019 French Open.
‘Dark forces’ preventing Newcastle from being ‘powerhouse’, says Mike Ashley
Manchester City v Chelsea: bravura final battle is held up by healthy bottom lineThese furiously evolving teams deserve their place in the final, but wealth of their owners and Premier League certainly helps Ben Chilwell tackles João Cancelo in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Both managers have both used their full-backs effectively to reach Istanbul. Photograph: Getty Images
The 30-year-old Scotland defender will join the Dons this summer on a two-year deal.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who won a record-setting seventh Kentucky Derby with Medina Spirit last week, said the dark bay colt had another light workout on Thursday and is currently in peak form ahead of next week's Preakness Stakes. Baffert said it takes about a week to determine if a horse will be ready in time for the Preakness Stakes but that Medina Spirit came out of the Kentucky Derby well, has jogged for two consecutive days and he sees no discouraging signs. "I'll know by the weekend how he is doing but so far he is actually handling it pretty well," twice Triple Crown winner Baffert, who is scheduled to return to Louisville over the weekend, said on a conference call.
The British super-featherweight had been due to face Choi Hyun-mi in Manchester later this month.
Francesco Laporta leads the way at the Canary Islands Championship on nine under par.
The British number one was beaten 6-3 7-6 (3) by the German.
Nadal eased to a 6-3 6-3 victory but Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas both lost.
The all-Premier League affair is currently scheduled to take place at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, where UEFA insists the final will remain.
James Anderson removed Marnus Labuschagne cheaply.
Chelsea players will divide a bonus pot of £10 million for winning the club’s second Champions League title later this month. Thomas Tuchel’s men earned a place in the final with Wednesday’s semi-final win over Real Madrid and will be rewarded for defeating Manchester City on May 29. Their “player incentive scheme/schedule” sets out bonuses for trophies each season and winning Europe’s top prize will see Chelsea’s players split an eight-figure sum between them. They will receive £5m as a runners-up bonus should they lose. Under the terms of the schedule, 10 per cent of the pot gets distributed by the club and players’ committee, which means players out with long-term injuries would not miss out. It would also go to players who were mainly unused substitutes or in the matchday squad but not on the bench. The rest of the 90 per cent is spread across the squad depending on how many appearances are made as a starter or substitute. This season N’Golo Kante has made 12 appearances in the competition, which is the most in the squad, while Edouard Mendy, Jorginho, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have made 11. City have a slightly different approach to bonuses with many of their first-team players getting them written into their contracts, rather than having a pool to divide between the squad as the main incentive. Their top earners could land £1m each for winning the club’s first Champions League. Both clubs have played 12 games to reach the final, with Frank Lampard and Tuchel between them using 24 players as they juggled their squad to cope with the Premier League and domestic cup competitions. Mendy and Jorginho have started the most Champions League games this season, with 11 each. Mendy only conceded one goal in the group stages, which came against his former club Rennes, and was only beaten by Karim Benzema in the knockout stages.
Hertha Berlin struck twice in nine minutes to beat Freiburg 3-0 on Thursday and earn a key victory in their battle to avoid relegation, in their second match back following a two-week quarantine due to the coronavirus. Krzysztof Piatek fired in from a tight angle in the 13th minute and 34-year-old veteran Peter Pekarik scored their second with a header to lift their club, unbeaten now in their last five league games, out of the relegation spots and into 14th place with a game still in hand. Freiburg came close to a goal three minutes after the restart but Nicolas Hoefler's clever header was saved on the line by keeper Alexander Schwolow.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has claimed “dark forces” are preventing United from becoming the club they should be as he continues to put pressure on the Premier League to allow him to sell to a Saudi Arabian-led consortium. In what is thought to be a reference to the long-running takeover saga involving Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which collapsed last year due to complications with the Premier League’s owner and director’s test, Ashley’s cryptic comment will fuel conspiracy theories on Tyneside. Ashley is still awaiting the outcome of an arbitration hearing with the Premier League after he challenged their decision not to sanction the £305 million deal last year. He believes the Premier League did not apply the test properly and were wrong to conclude that the PIF is controlled by the Saudi State. And, having been told a four-year investigation by HMRC into the way Newcastle paid players and agents had been closed without finding any wrongdoing, Ashley went on the offensive again. A club statement read: "HMRC has today given formal confirmation that it is discontinuing the 4 year long criminal investigation into the tax treatment of agents/players payments involving Newcastle United Football Club." That was followed by a rare statement from Ashley himself, who added: "After four years of the club being subjected to this investigation, I am pleased that the criminal investigation has now been discontinued. "It is now time for the dark forces that are preventing this football club from becoming the power house that the fans deserve, to step aside." The HMRC investigation had looked into deals involving players like Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, with the club’s managing director Lee Charnley briefly held in custody after a raid at his home.
Women’s youth coach at Argentinian FA faces sexual harassment allegations
Fifa to introduce concussion spotters in the stands at World Cup in Qatar
First leg score Manchester United 6-2 Roma
Glamorgan (117-3) v Lancashire In his first competitive bowl since the Ahmedabad Tests of fateful memory, James Anderson took another step towards his 1000th first-class wicket, and victim number 990 was not a bad one, being Marnus Labuschagne, who not only resembles Steve Smith but even surpasses him now as Australia’s best batsmen. Anderson had not bowled at Labuschagne in the Ashes series of 2019, having broken down in the first Test. Labuschagne was the concussion substitute for Smith in the second at Lord’s, and averaged 50 in that series, rising to 60 currently in Tests, which if maintained puts him among the all-time greats. Anderson had Labuschagne caught behind with his fifth ball at him. It was stunning how fit Anderson looked aged 38. His response to breaking down at Edgbaston in 2019, and again at Cape Town that winter, has been to get even leaner and fitter. Most pace bowlers would have called it a day; Anderson called his strength and conditioning coach. Last winter Anderson had subjugated Sri Lanka, the one country which had thwarted him, and reasserted his pre-eminence in India as England’s premier pace bowler. At the rain-delayed start at 11.25, Anderson peeled off his sweater to bowl in an Arctic wind and a short-sleeve shirt, waited for the world’s finest umpire Michael Gough to call play, and maintained the same standard. It is true that Anderson’s second ball was a widish half-volley which the Glamorgan opener David Lloyd cover-drove for four - urged to still play his shots after being promoted to open, Lloyd made a worthy foe - and that he gifted Billy Root a four down leg side. But Anderson still conceded, or most grudgingly yielded, fewer than two runs per over. The snap, more importantly, was still there. Running in off a dozen paces, Anderson made one ball burst through the wicketkeeper’s gloves when Dane Vilas took a lifter in front of his face. The pitch had decent carry for early May; even so, Anderson hit bats hard, harder than anyone else in Lancashire’s attack, though Saqib Mahmood was quicker. When Glamorgan lost their first wicket of Joe Cooke, after Anderson had bowled his first six overs for 13 runs, he did not ask for one more over to have a go at Labuschagne - as if to say, he can wait. Labuschagne, on returning to Glamorgan for his second season, had said he has come to see more of England’s bowlers ahead of the Ashes, and referred to Anderson explicitly. But the taker of 614 Test wickets, having made him wait, pitched fourth stump and had him caught behind. Next please! Step forward, Victim 991. County Championship round-up By Tim Wigmore The balance between bat and ball has been more equal than in early summers of recent seasons, but bowlers thrived on day one of the fifth round of County Championship matches, with three sides bowled out before tea. The first instance came at Nottingham, where the reigning champions Essex were bowled out for just 99. Continuing his fine start to the summer, Stuart Broad had Alastair Cook caught behind for three, and later added the scalp of Paul Walter lbw. But Luke Fletcher was the main author of Essex’s ignominy, snaring 6-24: his best first-class figures in his 121st game. It followed a haul of 5-28 against Derbyshire in their previous game. After suffering a horrendous blow to the head in 2017, Fletcher’s superb early season will be cheered by county lovers. Haseeb Hameed’s 49 has already given Notts a lead, though it is not yet a match-defining one. Essex’s miserable total was still 20 more than Hampshire managed as they were bundled out for 79 by Somerset. It was another show of Somerset’s pace strength, with Lewis Gregory snaring 4-26 and typically well backed up by Craig Overton and Josh Davey. Skipper Tom Abell followed up the wicket of Joe Weatherley, Hampshire’s top scorer with 20, by top scoring himself as Somerset claimed the lead. At Northampton, Northamptonshire responded to the agony of a one-run defeat to Yorkshire last week by bundling out Sussex for just 106, with Ben Sanderson and Gareth Berg both claiming five-fers. Rob Keogh’s brisk 66 has put Northants in a dominant position, even as Ollie Robinson further pushed his England claims.
The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) says it received a claim from the club on April 22.