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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton visited NASA on Wednesday and revealed he would happily give up his Formula 1 career to be an astronaut. The 32-year-old, who leads the F1 Drivers' standings from nearest rival Sebastian Vettel by 59 points ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix, shared his visit on Instagram.

 

Gordon Hayward sent fans a special message from his hospital bed ahead of their first home game against the Milwaukee Bucks but could not inspire the Boston Celtics to victory. The star recruit, who suffered a horrific ankle injury just minutes into his debut in Tuesday night's season opener, sent good luck wishes to his team-mates as he told fans he was "going to be alright".

 

Crystal Palace are reportedly ready to step up their interest in Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun , according to the Mirror. The 26-year-old has been linked to Newcastle and Tottenham, but the paper says Roy Hodgson wants to take the transfer chase to the next level after another impressive display this week.

 

The Chicago Cubs finally put more runs on the board than their opponent in this series, as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 3-2. The victory was the Cubs' first of the series, and it keeps them alive in the 2017 postseason.

 

Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series. Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

 

Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in Europe as 10-man Barcelona maintained a winning start to their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 victory over Olympiacos. Leading through Dimitris Nikolaou's 18th-minute own goal, Barcelona suffered a setback when defender Gerard Pique, who had earlier been booked for pulling back Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, received a second yellow card.

 

Jack Wilshere has defended the character of his Arsenal team-mates after it was called into question by Watford captain Troy Deeney. Per Mertesacker had headed the Gunners ahead before Deeney came off the bench to equalise from the penalty spot, with Tom Cleverley lashing home an added-time winner for the hosts.

 

The 39-year-old has been a regular participant in hunter chases in recent years aboard horses he owns, most notably steering the high-class Mendip Express to third place in the Fox Hunters' Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree in 2016. The Philip Hobbs-trained Ballotin, formerly a smart performer in France, has also been bought to go down the hunter chase route, but could make up into a useful handicapper first judged on his winning British debut in West Yorkshire.

 

Olympic medallist McKayla Maroney says she was molested by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar from the time she was 13 to her retirement from the sport last year. The 21-year-old posted a lengthy statement on Twitter on Wednesday that detailed the allegations of abuse.

 

West Ham could soon have a royal following after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given replica football shirts for their young children. The couple were handed the gifts by club captain Mark Noble as they visited the London Stadium, alongside Prince Harry, for the graduation ceremony of dozens of sports coaching apprentices, as part of the Coach Core scheme.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain accepts he faces a fight for a regular first-team place at Liverpool but insists he is ready to seize his chance. The A 35million deadline-day signing from Arsenal scored his first goal for his new club in the 7-0 Champions League rout of Maribor - the Reds' biggest away win in European football.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo has offered solidarity to those affected by wildfires in Portugal and Spain, which have claimed over 100 lives. In a message on Facebook, posted shortly after Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Tottenham in which he scored the equaliser and a minute's applause was held to remember the victims, Ronaldo said: "It is impossible to remain indifferent to this tragedy.

 

The papers are dominated by speculation surrounding who could replace sacked Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare . The Mirror reports that the club do not have anyone immediately lined up, and says former boss Nigel Pearson, who has taken over at Leuven, Leicester's sister club in Belgium, will not be considered.

 

The Belgian midfielder has been in brilliant form in the first two months of the season and delivered another masterful performance as City beat Napoli 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday. De Bruyne's agent Patrick De Koster has said he intends to begin discussions with City over improved terms in the coming months.

 

Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season. Hayward, who signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract this summer, went up for an alley-oop pass midway through the first quarter and collided with LeBron James.

 

Maria Sharapova suffered a first-round exit at the Kremlin Cup in her native Russia just two days after winning her first WTA title since returning from a drugs ban. The 30-year-old was back on home soil for the first time since serving a 15-month ban for testing positive for the banned substance meldonium, but was ousted in straight sets 7-6 6-4 by Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova.

 

Tottenham held Champions League holders Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in Spain to remain undefeated in Group H. Spurs went ahead in the 28th minute when Serge Aurier's cross to Harry Kane was diverted home by Real defender Raphael Varane. However, Aurier then conceded a penalty at the other end by lunging in on Toni Kroos, with Cristiano Ronaldo converting the spot-kick to level things up.

 


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