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Madrid earn Copa del Rey win over Leganes to lift mood

Thursday, 2019-01-10 07:32:46
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Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring their first goal. (Reuters)
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Real Madrid eased their recent troubles by securing a therapeutic 3-0 home win against Leganes in the first leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie on Wednesday.

* France striker Antoine Griezmann scored to secure Atletico Madrid a 1-1 draw away to Girona in a chaotic and entertaining Copa del Rey last 16 first-leg match on Wednesday.

* Paris St Germain were knocked out of the French League Cup after unfancied Guingamp scored two of the three penalties they were awarded to book their place in the semi-finals with a 2-1 away victory on Wednesday.

* Holders Manchester City can look forward to defending the League Cup in next month's final at Wembley as Gabriel Jesus struck four goals in a 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion in their semi-final, first leg on Wednesday (Jan 9).

* More tennis players were disciplined for violations of anti-corruption rules in 2018 than in any other year since the creation of the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) 10 years ago, the body said on Wednesday. A total of 21 individuals broke anti-corruption rules with the majority sanctioned for match-fixing or betting offences.

* Top seed John Isner suffered a 7-6(3) 7-6(5) defeat at the hands of fellow American Taylor Fritz in the second round of the Auckland Classic on Wednesday.

* Bernard Tomic secured a controversial-yet-comical victory in an exhibition match against compatriot Nick Kyrgios at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday when the Australian hit an ace on match point with an underarm serve from behind his legs.

* Mardy Fish was named U.S. Davis Cup captain on Wednesday as the men's team competition enters a new era. Fish, winner of six ATP singles titles and a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, takes over from Jim Courier who held the post for eight years before stepping down in September.

* French World Cup winning defender Benjamin Pavard will join Bayern Munich from Stuttgart on a five-year contract as of July 1, the defending German champions revealed Wednesday (Jan 9). Media reports in Germany put the transfer at EUR35 million (US$40 million) for the 22-year-old who can play at right-back or centre-back.

* Bayern Munich, who are targeting young talent in the current transfer window, have confirmed their strong interest in English teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi amid reports the defending German champions have agreed a fee with Chelsea.

* AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain has “agreed terms” and is set for an imminent move to Premier League club Chelsea, Italian sports daily Gazzetta Dello Sport reported on Wednesday (Jan 9).

* World number one Simona Halep crashed to a straight-sets defeat against unseeded Ashleigh Barty in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday. Halep lost 6-4 6-4 in 87 minutes with the result dealing a blow to her Australian Open preparations.

* Stoke City have appointed Luton Town coach Nathan Jones as their new manager after the sacking of Gary Rowett, the Championship club (tier-two) said on Wednesday. Jones led Luton to promotion from the fourth division last season and the club are in the hunt to go up again this year, sitting second in League One.

* Former South Africa international all-rounder Albie Morkel has decided to retire from all forms of cricket, ending a two-decade career that earned him a reputation as a clean striker of the ball and a bowler full of guile.

* Former Hull KR rugby league player Thomas Minns has been banned for 16 months after testing positive for cocaine, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said on Wednesday. Centre Minns was placed on extended leave by Hull after testing positive for benzoylecgonine following their Super League win at Huddersfield Giants last year.

* Sri Lankan cricketers have been granted a 15-day amnesty to report previously undisclosed information relating to corruption in the sport, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.

Reuters, CNA