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PSG march on with record 12th successive win

Saturday, 2018-11-03 07:07:44
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Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe in action with Lille's Mike Maignan during their Ligue 1 clash at Parc des Princes, Paris, France, November 2, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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French champions Paris St Germain beat Lille 2-1 in Ligue 1 on Friday to break the record for the best start to a season in Europe’s top five leagues with their 12th successive win.

France forward Kylian Mbappe and Brazilian Neymar scored the goals as PSG surpassed the 11 victories Tottenham Hotspur notched up to begin the 1960-61 English top-flight campaign. The result left leaders PSG on 36 points, 11 ahead of closest challengers Lille.

* Napoli forward Dries Mertens scored a hat-trick to lead his side to a 5-1 rout of Empoli in Serie A on Friday, moving them back into second place in the standings. Napoli have 25 points from 11 games, three behind leaders Juventus who host Cagliari on Saturday.

* Olympic champion Simone Biles became the all-time leading world gymnastics championship gold medal winner when the American claimed her third gold at the Doha championships on Friday. Biles’s victory in the individual vault gave her 13 career gold medals, surpassing the record of Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo.

* The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is conducting additional doping analyses on the samples of athletes collected from the 2012 London Olympic Games, it said on Friday. The reanalysis, using the latest scientific methods, will continue in 2019 before the statute of limitations is reached by 2020, the IOC said.

* Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino responded to questions about his future on Friday by saying he wanted to lead the Premier League club on to "the last level" and feel the glory. Despite speculation about a move to Real Madrid, who sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on Monday, Argentine Pochettino has stayed focussed on Spurs.

* Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants his players to "write a new history" as they seek to improve their poor Premier League record against the other 'Big Six' teams when they host Liverpool on Saturday. Arsenal have won only five of their last 32 meetings against Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, dating back to the 2015-16 season.

* Inter Milan's prize summer signing Radja Nainggolan, injured in the derby against AC Milan two weeks ago, could be back for Saturday's match at home to Genoa, coach Luciano Spalletti said on Friday. The combative 30-year-old, who joined the club for 38 million euros from AS Roma, suffered a sprained ankle after a challenge by Lucas Biglia and limped off in the first half of Inter's 1-0 win on Oct 21.

* Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner was convicted of assaulting a taxi driver and sentenced to 50 days in jail on Friday by a city court in Copenhagen, but walked free from the courtroom pending an appeal hearing. The 30-year-old striker, who plays for Norwegian club side Rosenborg, has appealed against the sentence, his lawyer said, and he was released until the hearing in a higher court.

* Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is set to return against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday but is unlikely to play the full match at Stamford Bridge, manager Maurizio Sarri said on Friday. Hazard, the league's joint-top scorer this season with seven goals, has missed the last three matches with a back injury.

* A perkier Daniel Ricciardo made clear on Friday that he was ready for the last two races of the Formula One season after suggesting in Mexico last weekend that he could give up on his Red Bull. Ricciardo, who is being replaced at Red Bull by Toro Rosso's Frenchman Pierre Gasly, has won twice this year as has Dutch team mate Max Verstappen.

* Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out for at least a month after suffering a knee injury against Fulham in the League Cup, British media reported on Friday. The Belgian playmaker was substituted in the 85th minute of City's 2-0 win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday after opposing defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah landed heavily on his left knee.

* The two Koreas agreed at a meeting on Friday to send a letter to the International Olympic Committee confirming that they want to co-host the 2032 Summer Games, they said in a joint statement. Sports officials from both sides held talks to discuss ways of expanding sports exchanges. The statement also said they agreed to form a combined team to compete in the men's Handball World Championship in Germany next year.

* Eintracht Frankfurt have reaped their fifth win of the season after beating struggling Stuttgart 3-0 at the curtain raiser of the 10th round in Bundesliga on Friday.

Reuters, Xinhua