Victoria Azarenka appears likely to miss the US Open later this month because of a dispute with her former partner over the care of their baby son. The former world number one returned to the sport in June, six months after the birth of Leo, and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Arsenal defender Gabriel is closing in on a move to Valencia as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger begins the process of trimming his squad. Wenger has made no secret of the fact he believes he has too many first-team players on the books at the Emirates Stadium.
Exiled striker Diego Costa has repeated his wish to return to Atletico Madrid and believes his stand-off with Chelsea will come to an end when he travels to Spain. The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international signed for A 32million from Atletico in July 2014, agreeing a five-year contract, and wishes to return to the Spanish capital.
Becky James, the two-time Olympic silver medallist and former world champion, has announced her retirement from cycling aged 25. James won two gold medals and two bronze medals at the 2013 Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, aged 21. But preparations for the Rio Olympics were disrupted by a chronic knee injury and cancer scare. James responded to claim silver medals in the sprint and keirin events in Brazil.
Barcelona general manager Pep Segura has said the signings of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are "close" after watching his side lose to arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana final. http://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/liverpool/we-are-close-to-philippe-coutinho-barcelona-general-manager-delivers-news-no-liverpool-fan-wanted-to-hear-36040851.html Barcelona general manager Pep Segura has said the signings of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are "close" after watching his side lose to arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana final.
Manchester City have made an initial approach to Premier League rivals West Brom for defender Jonny Evans, Press Association Sport understands. City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed last month he was hoping to have a bigger pool of centre-halves to choose from and Northern Ireland international Evans is high on his list.
Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema scored brilliant first-half goals as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 on the night to register a resounding 5-1 aggregate Supercopa win. Zinedine Zidane's side, comfortable 3-1 first-leg winners on Sunday, put Cristiano Ronaldo's five-game ban behind them by out-playing their arch-rivals again as moments of magic from Asensio and Benzema put them out of sight.
Mookie Betts lined a two-run double off the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who won for the 12th time in 14 games and maintained their 4 1/2-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees.
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It has also been confirmed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that the fighters will wear 8oz gloves for their non-title, light-middleweight match-up. Byrd, incidentally, oversaw George Groves' 2015 defeat by Badou Jack as well as further high-profile fights in Andre Ward's first win against Sergey Kovalev and Saul Alvarez's victory over Miguel Cotto.
Europe's bid to regain the Solheim Cup has suffered a major blow after Norway's Suzann Pettersen was forced to withdraw due to a back injury. Pettersen, who will be replaced in the side by assistant captain Catriona Matthew, had been receiving treatment since arriving in Des Moines, Iowa, for the biennial contest against the United States.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman announced at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that the 27-year-old Iceland international has passed his medical. "I have seen the doctor and there is no problem," said Koeman.
Kei Nishikori has become the latest leading player to announce he will miss the rest of the season because of injury. The world number nine withdrew from this week's Masters event in Cincinnati with a right wrist problem and scans have revealed a tear in one of the tendons.
Arsene Wenger is ready to accept the financial "sacrifice" of keeping Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal and admits there has been no progress on a new deal for the forward. The Chile international has been linked with a move away from the club this summer with less than a year remaining on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium.
Joc Pederson got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run in a five-run eighth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers rally for a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Pederson was hit in the upper right thigh by a pitch from Jake Petricka that forced in Yasmani Grandal with two outs, opening the floodgates for a Dodgers offense that had been stifled most of the game.
Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler had harsh words Tuesday for Angel Hernandez, saying the veteran umpire should find another job. A day after being ejected from a game for questioning Hernandez's calls on balls and strikes, Kinsler told reporters covering the Tigers that Hernandez is a bad umpire who is "messing" with games "blatantly."
Cardiff maintained their 100 per cent start to stay top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-0 home win over Sheffield United, but Aston Villa dropped into the relegation zone after losing at Reading. Sean Morrison headed the Bluebirds in front from a corner just before the interval before midfielder Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, a summer signing from Rochdale, netted his fourth goal of the season 10 minutes into the second half.