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Morata double helps Atletico to 3-0 win over Mallorca

Saturday, 2020-07-04 09:17:11
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid v Real Mallorca - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - July 3, 2020 Atletico Madrid's Alvaro Morata scores their first goal from the penalty spot, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Reuters)
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Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course to secure Champions League football next season after two goals by Alvaro Morata and a late strike from Koke gave them a 3-0 home win over struggling Mallorca in La Liga on Friday.

The result left Atletico third on 62 points from 34 games, five ahead of fourth-placed Sevilla and eight in front of fifth-placed Villarreal who both have a game in hand.

* Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has become the first NASCAR driver to test positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports said on Friday.

* Arsenal's Brazil Under-23 striker Gabriel Martinelli has signed a new long-term contract at the Premier League club. The news comes 48 hours after fellow teenager Bukayo Saka, 18, also agreed a new long-term deal with the Gunners.

* Newcastle United have brought in former Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie on a three-year contract to provide competition at St James' Park, manager Steve Bruce said on Friday (Jul 3).

* The Romanian Football Federation (FRF) has called off Saturday's second division match between leaders UTA Arad and Petrolul Ploiesti after five Petrolul players and the club's kit man were diagnosed with the coronavirus.

* Leroy Sane has completed his move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from Manchester City, the German club announced on Friday. Sane, 24, had signed a five-year deal with Bayern that would keep him at the club until 2025, the club said on their website.

* The Czech Grand Prix, the third race of the soon-to-be-resumed MotoGP season, will take place without fans this year in Brno due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, regional government officials said on Friday.

* Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya has been handed a four-year ban for Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs), the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday. World Athletics said Kipsang had four whereabouts failures between April 2018 and May 2019. Three failures within 12 months leads to an automatic ban.

* Ferrari are talking to Formula One about holding the Italian team's 1,000th grand prix at their own Mugello circuit, principal Mattia Binotto said on Friday.

* England's first-class county teams will be allowed to field two, rather than one, overseas-registered player in next season's domestic championship and Royal London Cup, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday. The decision was made by the ECB's Board after a recommendation by the Performance Cricket Committee.

* Lewis Hamilton began his quest for a record-equalling seventh world title by topping the times on Friday (Jul 3) as Formula One roared back with a full day?s practice for the belated season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

* Bayern Munich's Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara is set to leave the Bundesliga side in the close season because he wants a new challenge, the club's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said. The 29-year-old, who joined Bayern in 2013 from Barcelona for 25 million euros (22.5 million pounds), has since played 230 games and won seven league titles with the German champions.

Reuters, CNA