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Long scores fastest Premier League goal but Saints held at Watford

Wednesday, 2019-04-24 07:12:55
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Premier League - Watford v Southampton - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - April 23, 2019 Southampton's Shane Long scores their first goal. (Reuters)
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Southampton striker Shane Long struck the fastest goal in Premier League history, inside seven seconds, but his team conceded a last-minute equaliser as they drew 1-1 at Watford on Tuesday.

* Alexander Zverev crashed out of the Barcelona Open in the second round on Tuesday, continuing his troubled start to 2019. The German, who joined the tournament on a late wildcard, was beaten 3-6 7-5 7-6(5) by lucky loser Nicolas Jarry.

* World number two Simona Halep said she has been forced to withdraw from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart after suffering a hip injury in the Fed Cup over the weekend.

* Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a French Ligue 1 match when Amiens host Strasbourg on April 28, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Tuesday.

* Chelsea and Burnley could face Football Association action following angry touchline exchanges in Monday's 2-2 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

* Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has been appointed coach of A-League club Brisbane Roar, taking his first serious management role in the Australian top flight where he enjoyed a two-year stint as a player.

* Former Celtic captain Billy McNeill, who helped the Scottish giants win the European Cup in 1967, has died at the age of 79, the club said on Tuesday (Apr 23). Fondly known as 'Cesar', McNeill started 790 competitive games for Celtic and helped the club win nine league titles in a row, as well as seven Scottish Cups and six League Cups.

* Snooker great Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered a stunning defeat when he was beaten by amateur James Cahill in the first round of the World Championship on Tuesday (Apr 23). In one of the biggest upsets in snooker history, Cahill beat five-time world champion O'Sullivan 10-8 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

* Bundesliga newcomer Oliver Glasner will take over VfL Wolfsburg from next season after the Austrian coach signed a three-year deal, the German club said on Tuesday.

* Kevin Anderson has pulled out of all clay tournaments this season, including next month's French Open, to give himself time to recover from an elbow injury, the South African said on Tuesday (Apr 23).

Reuters, CNA