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Football: Lyon held, Lille win ahead of Champions League start

Saturday, 2019-09-14 08:50:22
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Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Amiens SC v Olympique Lyonnais - Stade de la Licorne, Amiens, France - September 13, 2019 Olympique Lyonnais' Moussa Dembele in action with Amiens' Aurelien Chedjou. (Reuters)
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Olympique Lyonnais's stuttering start to the Ligue 1 season continued when they conceded a last-gasp equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Amiens on Friday (Sep 13) ahead of their Champions League debut, while Lille enjoyed a 2-1 home win over Angers.

* VfL Wolfsburg drew 1-1 at Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday, squandering their chance to provisionally take over the lead in the Bundesliga.

* Athletic Bilbao and hosts Real Mallorca both missed late penalties and ended up sharing the points with a goalless draw on Friday, leaving the visitors in second place in La Liga, a point behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

* Power forward Luis Scola scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Argentina breezed past France 80-66 to book their place in Sunday's basketball World Cup final against Spain.

* Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette will be out of action until next month because of an ankle injury, the north London club said on Friday (Sep 13). The 28-year-old French forward, who has scored two Premier League goals this season, has been playing through pain for the past few weeks but was advised to rest to ensure he did not aggravate the injury.

* Remi Cavagna took a brilliant solo victory on stage 19 of the Vuelta a Espana as Team Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic maintained his grip on the leader's red jersey despite crashing.

* French player Tatiana Golovin said on Friday (Sep 13) she will return to competitive tennis despite having retired 11 years ago, a day after Kim Clijsters announced her shock comeback.

* Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's La Liga showdown with Valencia on Saturday (Sep 14) and is also a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Dortmund as he has yet to recover from the calf injury he picked up in August, coach Ernesto Valverde said.

* Top seed Karolina Pliskova started Friday in the last-16 at the inaugural Zhengzhou Open and ended the day in the semi-finals after defeating Polona Hercog and Sofia Kenin in succession.

* Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have agreed to terms for their highly anticipated rematch, promoter Bob Arum told BT Sport, while also signing a deal for a third fight.

* The Williams Formula One team have extended their engine partnership with Mercedes to the end of the 2025 season, they announced on Friday. The existing deal ran until the end of 2020, after which the sport is set for a major overhaul with revised technical rules aimed at producing closer racing and a budget cap introduced to level the playing field among teams.

* A FIFA panel has banned Russian soccer official Alexander Shprygin from taking part in any soccer-related activities for two years after its independent Ethics Committee said he had breached its code of ethics.

Reuters, CNA