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Atletico stun Barca to reach Super Cup final

Friday, 2020-01-10 08:14:37
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Atletico players celebrate their victory. (Photo: Reuters)
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Atletico Madrid pulled off a stunning turnaround to beat Barcelona 3-2 in an enthralling Spanish Super Cup tie in Saudi Arabia on Thursday and book their place in the final of the revamped competition, against city rivals Real Madrid.

* Two-times Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza advanced to the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open with a battling 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory over Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas on Thursday.

* Serena Williams rallied from a set down to beat journeywoman Christina McHale 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 at the WTA Auckland Classic on Thursday (Jan 9), thus advancing to a quarter-final with Germany's Laura Siegemund, who ousted teen prodigy Coco Gauff in the second round.

* Defending champion Julia Goerges cruised through to the final eight at the WTA Auckland Classic on Thursday (Jan 9), with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jil Teichmann, thus setting up a quarter-final with Caroline Wozniacki who overcame 2017 Auckland champion Lauren Davis 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

* US qualifier Jennifer Brady claimed the first top 10 win of her career with an upset 6-4 7-6(4) straight sets victory over world number one Ash Barty on Thursday to advance to the Brisbane International quarter-finals.

* Daniil Medvedev continued to baffle his opponents at the ATP Cup on Thursday (Jan 9), securing a hard-fought 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman and propelling Russia into the semi-final of the inaugural team event.

* Manchester City women's manager Nick Cushing will leave his role to take up the post of assistant manager at men's team New York City FC, the Women's Super League club announced on Thursday.

* Betting companies who held streaming rights for FA Cup matches on Thursday (Jan 9) agreed to allow the games to be shown on free platforms.

* West Ham United manager David Moyes said former England international Joe Cole is being considered for a return to the club in a coaching role.

* Six-times LPGA Tour winner Pat Hurst has been named captain of the 2021 United States Solheim Cup team to play Europe in Ohio. Next year's Solheim Cup will be held at the Inverness Club in Toledo from Sept. 4-6.

* Harry Kane will be sidelined until April after Tottenham revealed the England captain needs surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring. Kane suffered the injury while taking a shot during Tottenham's Premier League defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day.

* Struggling La Liga side Espanyol have signed striker Raul de Tomas from Benfica for a reported 22 million euros (18.74 million pounds), smashing their transfer record in a bid to avoid relegation.

* Five-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James leaped over Slovenian guard Luka Doncic and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to lead early fan voting totals for the NBA All-Star Game released Thursday (Jan 9).

* Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday (Jan 9) he was donating US$500,000 (382,819 pounds) towards the rescue and care of wildlife caught in bushfires ravaging southeast Australia.

Reuters, CNA
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