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Real and Atletico to play ICC match in United States

Thursday, 2019-03-28 07:55:02
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A man holds Real Madrid flag as he poses for a picture next to the Super Cup trophy at the fan zone - UEFA Super Cup - Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - Tallinn, Estonia - August 15, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will take their rivalry outside Europe for the first time when the two Liga clubs play in the International Champions Cup (ICC) in the United States in July.

The Madrid derby on July 26 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is one of 18 matches that will be played by 12 clubs across the US, Europe and Asia in the seventh edition of the competition, according to the ICC match schedule released on Wednesday. Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Juventus, AS Roma, AC and Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Benfica and Mexico’s Chivas de Guadalajara are also taking part in the event.

* International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Wednesday demanded swift and tough sanctions for doping offenders - both athletes and their support staff - involved in a German-Austrian doping ring. At least 21 athletes from eight nations across five sports are suspected of blood-doping linked to a German doctor who was arrested as part of an Austria-Germany doping raid last month. Five athletes, including two Austrians, were initially arrested on Feb. 27 at the Nordic skiing world championships in the Austrian resort of Seefeld.

* Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has declared his interest in the Scotland job but said his preference is a return to club management. Scotland manager Alex McLeish has come in for heavy criticism after his team's abject 3-0 defeat by Kazakhstan in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier last Thursday.

* Huddersfield Town's woeful season could reach its nadir this weekend when defeat by Crystal Palace combined with results elsewhere will mean they equal an unwanted record. Huddersfield, in their second successive season in the Premier League having not graced the top flight since 1972, have 14 points but defeat on Saturday and wins for Burnley and Southampton would leave them 19 points adrift of 17th place with only six games of the season left.

* The captain of Galatasaray's Under-14 team has earned praise with a rare act of sportsmanship as he deliberately missed a penalty following what he believed was a wrong call by the referee. Beknaz Almazbekov, Galatasaray's 13-year-old captain, dribbled inside from the left and fell down under pressure from an Istanbulspor defender in the box. The referee gave a penalty, but Almazbekov disagreed. With his team already winning 1-0, he rejected the opportunity to double their lead and intentionally kicked the ball out of play.

* Breakdancing was among four sports given a provisional green light for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Games by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday. The Paris 2024 organising committee in February proposed surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing as well as breakdancing for inclusion in the Games.

* Manchester United have added pre-season matches in Singapore, China and Wales, including a clash against Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the club announced on Wednesday. United will take on Inter Milan at the National Stadium Singapore on July 20, before travelling to Shanghai to face Spurs at the Hongkou Stadium on July 25. The final match of the tour is scheduled against AC Milan at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Aug. 3.

* Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were among the winners in the opening round of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on Wednesday with both former world number ones taking the chance to fine tune their games ahead of the upcoming Masters. Woods fell behind fellow American Aaron Wise through 10 holes but battled back to seal the win when the 22-year-old missed a short putt on the 17th, handing the four-times Masters champion a 3 and 1 victory.

* Chelsea reached the UEFA Women's Champions League semifinals by overcoming Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on aggregate despite a 2-1 road loss in the quarterfinals return leg here on Wednesday.

* Brazilian journalist Rafael Henzel, one of six survivors of the 2016 Chapecoense plane crash, died of a heart attack late on Tuesday. He was 45. Henzel was rushed to hospital after collapsing while playing football in the southern city of Chapeco but died shortly after.

Reuters, Xinhua