NORTON, United States: Ryan Palmer rolled in nine birdies en route to a 63 to grab a one-shot lead after the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
TOKYO: Japanese club Yokohama F-Marinos were hit with a US$48,000 fine by the J-League on Friday after a supporter racially abused a black player during a game last weekend.
NEW YORK: Second seed and five-time champion Roger Federer reached the US Open third round on Friday with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over big-serving Australian Sam Groth.
MONACO: Spanish holders Sevilla and English side Everton have been handed tricky ties in the draw for the UEFA Europa League group stage, made in Monaco on Friday.
MONTPELLIER: French Ligue 1 club Montpellier on Friday announced that they had reached an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur to sell midfielder Benjamin Stambouli to the London outfit.
PARIS: Marseille appear to be finding their stride under new coach Marcelo Bielsa after outclassing Mediterranean rivals Nice 4-0 at the Stade Velodrome in Ligue 1 on Friday evening.
LONDON: Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has come out all guns blazing after criticism of his displays by stating he is among the best number 10s in the world who can help lead his side to glory.
BERLIN: Germany midfielder Marco Reus scored one goal and set up another in three minutes as Borussia Dortmund survived a late comeback to beat Augsburg 3-2 on Friday and bounce back from an opening Bundesliga defeat last week.
LONDON: Louis van Gaal attempted to quash criticism of Manchester United’s dismal start to the season by insisting he is the right man to restore the fallen giants to their former glory.
LONDON: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he won’t build his team around Mario Balotelli as the maverick Italy striker prepares to make his return to the Premier League at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
ZURICH: Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown has her eyes firmly fixed on next year’s world athletics championships in Beijing after claiming her first win at a Diamond League meet since her doping controversy in Zurich on Thursday.
THE Cinderella grand slam debut of 15-year-old Catherine Bellis ended in the second round of the US Open on Thursday when she was beaten by emerging Kazakh talent Zarina Diyas in three sets.
ABUJA: Players and clubs yesterday joined a boycott of Nigeria’s top flight league but the country’s football association insisted that matches would go ahead as planned.
THE Serie A season kicks off today with Italian football at a new low following a miserable World Cup campaign and the election of a federation president embroiled in a racism row.
PARIS: Big-spending Paris Saint Germain, poised for a tough Champions League campaign, turn their focus first to their stuttering Ligue 1 start when they host high-flying rivals St Etienne at the weekend.
NOVAK Djokovic reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the 25th consecutive time while Serena Williams racked up her 80th US Open win as the top seeds eased into the third round on Thursday.
BARCELONA and Real Madrid face difficult trips in their first away games of the La Liga season tomorrow when they travel to Villarreal and Real Sociedad respectively.
LONDON: England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that Wayne Rooney faces a challenge to balance his natural aggression and ferocious will to win with his new responsibilities as captain.
BACARY Sagna believes Manchester City can complete a clean sweep of trophies this season as the French defender prepares to make his debut in the champions’ Premier League clash against Stoke today.
LOUIS van Gaal admits not even his record-breaking swoop for Angel Di Maria will be enough to revive Manchester United immediately as the Argentina star prepares for his debut at Burnley today.
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