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Huge Wimbledon expansion one step closer

Friday, 2018-10-12 06:52:05
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A huge expansion of the Wimbledon tennis championships which would transform the tournament and bring qualifying on-site moved a big step closer on Thursday after a local golf club decided all members would benefit equally from a proposed buyout.

Wimbledon Park Golf Club members voted by more than the necessary 75% to amend their constitution. Now all members would benefit from the 65 million pound (US$85.83 million) windfall, not just those of more than 10 years standing.

* Second seed Caroline Garcia beat Chinese qualifier Zhang Yuxuan 6-3 6-4 on Thursday to advance to the Tianjin Open quarter-finals. Third seed Elise Mertens secured an impressive 6-2 6-3 victory over Slovakian Jana Cepelova and the Belgian will face Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in the last eight. Briton Katie Boulter recovered from a mid-match blip to put away Czech Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 1-6 6-3 and set up a quarter-final against top seed Karolina Pliskova.

* Mexico will travel to Argentina in November to play two friendlies against the South American nation, the Mexican Football Federation has said. The first match will take place on Nov. 17 and the second will take place three days later. The venues for the two games have still to be announced.

* The 55 national teams currently participating in the inaugural UEFA Nations League will see a 50% increase in solidarity fees paid to them, European soccer's governing body UEFA has said. The 12 strongest teams based on UEFA rankings - divided into four groups of three in League A - will each receive 2.25 million euros in solidarity fees, an increase of 750,000 euros from the amount announced in March.

* American Justin Thomas began his bid for a third CIMB Classic title with a six-under-par 66 to lie three shots behind first-round leader and compatriot Bronson Burgoon on Thursday. Thomas, the world number four who posted his first two career victories at the CIMB Classic in 2015 and 2016, birdied his last three holes to join 2012 champion Nick Watney, Briton Paul Casey and five others in a share of sixth place.

* Barcelona's World Cup-winning defender Samuel Umtiti's knee injury is not healing as planned and he may be forced to undergo surgery which would put him out of action until 2019, Spanish media reported on Thursday.

* Ligue 1 club AS Monaco fired coach Leonardo Jardim on Thursday following a poor start to the season which has left last season's runners-up 18th in the 20-team table. After beating Nantes 3-1 away on the opening day of the season, Monaco have failed to win any of their subsequent eight league games and have lost both matches in their Champions League group.

* Chelsea's Eden Hazard believes he may need to join a Spanish club in order to be crowned the world's best player, but he ruled out a move in the January transfer window. The Belgium international's contract with Chelsea runs until June 2020 and the London club want him to renew his deal. Hazard, however, has said it is his dream to play for Real Madrid.

* Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen will not return to action until December after suffering a hamstring injury, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The 31-year-old Belgian centre back sustained the injury during 2-0 the league victory over Huddersfield Town last month.

* An Independent Disciplinary Tribunal on Thursday slapped Botswana's 400-metre runner Lydia Jele with a 4-year ban for doping. Jele was provisionally suspended late last year from athletics because her sample was found to contain banned substances.

Reuters, Xinhua