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PSG complete domestic treble with League Cup triumph

Saturday, 2020-08-01 10:10:59
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Soccer Football - Coupe de la Ligue - Final - Paris St Germain v Olympique Lyonnais - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - July 31, 2020 Paris St Germain players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Coupe de la Ligue, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Reuters)
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Paris St Germain completed a domestic treble as they beat Olympique Lyonnais 6-5 on penalties to lift the French League Cup on Friday with the match ending in a 0-0 stalemate after regular and extra time.

Second-half substitute Pablo Sarabia scored PSG's final penalty in the shootout after goalkeeper Keylor Navas had saved Bertrand Traore's spot kick to give the Ligue 1 champions and French Cup winners their ninth League Cup trophy.

* Liverpool's chief executive officer Peter Moore will step down at the end of next month after three years in the role, the Premier League champions said on Friday.

* Germany's Nico Hulkenberg will replace Racing Point driver Sergio Perez at this weekend's British Formula One Grand Prix after the Mexican was ruled out by a positive COVID-19 test result.

* MotoGP races in Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia this year have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but one more race will be added to the calendar and will be held in Europe in November, MotoGP announced on Friday.

* Benedikt Hoewedes, a German World Cup winner, said on Friday that he is retiring aged 32 for family reasons. He made 44 appearances for Germany at centre-back and full-back and played every minute on the way to triumph in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

* Victor Osimhen has signed for Napoli after the Serie A side splashed out a club record fee of up to €80 million (US$94.6 million) to sign the Nigeria forward from French outfit Lille.

* Tokyo's new Olympic Stadium will host its first track and field meeting on 23 Aug 23, exactly two weeks after the 2020 Games' athletics were due to end, World Athletics announced on Friday (Jul 31).

* Birmingham City have appointed Aitor Karanka as their new head coach on a three-year deal to replace fellow Spaniard Pep Clotet, the second tier Championship club announced on Friday (Jul 31).

* US Open organizers say they are confident in safety plans a month ahead of the Grand Slam tennis event in New York even as US COVID-19 outbreaks increase. The US Tennis Association (USTA) said Friday it "continues its plans to stage the US Open" as well as an ATP and WTA tuneup event the week before the Flushing Meadows fortnight.

* Lance Stroll topped the times for Racing Point in Friday afternoon's second free practice for the British Grand Prix, the Canadian showing the full potential of his team's controversial 'pink Mercedes' as he outpaced Red Bull's Alex Albon by less than a tenth of a second.

Reuters, CNA