Real bounce back with rousing win over Barca

Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona Real Madrid averted a crisis in the best possible way on Saturday by beating Barcelona 3-1 in the first empty Clasico, landing an early blow in LaLiga’s title race. Barca had the chance to inflict a third consecutive defeat on their rivals and increase the pressure on Zinedine Zidane. Instead, Madrid’s…

No home comforts as Man Utd held by Chelsea

Manchester United have failed to win their first three home league games for the first time in 48 years after Edinson Cavani’s debut failed to inspire the hosts in Saturday’s dour 0-0 draw against Chelsea. Uruguay striker Cavani almost scored with his first touch after coming off the bench in the second half, but United…

Saint-Maximin signs six-year Newcastle deal

Newcastle have tied down French winger Allan Saint-Maximin to a new six-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Saint-Maximin has scored five goals and provided eight assists in 34 games for the Magpies since joining for €18 million from Nice last year. “Newcastle United are delighted to announce that Allan Saint-Maximin has signed…

Roma blame €204m loss on coronavirus

Roma have recorded losses of over €204 million for the financial year up until June 30 largely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian club revealed on Wednesday. “The loss for the 2019-20 financial year is estimated at €204 million,” the Serie A side said of preliminary figures released at the request of…

Serena Williams withdrawn from French Open

Three-time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open because of an Achilles injury. The 39-year-old had been scheduled to play her second-round match against Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday. The American has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and was aiming to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. “I think I need…

Troost-Ekong joins Watford

Super Eagles Assistant Captain William Troost-Ekong has signed for Watford. The club announced Troost Ekong’s signing in a statement on Tuesday. The statement was titled ‘Official: Hornets Sign Troost-Ekong & Youngster Touré’. The club said: “A former Netherlands youth international, Troost-Ekong made his senior international debut for Nigeria in 2015 and has since proven himself…

Serena, Thiem move into US Open semifinals

Serena Williams battled into a US Open semifinal showdown with Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday as top men’s seeds Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev booked their spots in the last four. Williams, seeded third, came from a set down to overcome unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova and keep alive her bid for a 24th singles Grand Slam…