SPORTS DAY: Swedes find holes in Swiss defence
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Sweden win scrappy Swiss encounter
Sweden barged their way into the World Cup quarterfinals when Emil Forsberg’s heavily deflected shot gave them a 1-0 win over Switzerland in a scrappy last-16 contest on Tuesday. Forsberg was allowed time to tee up his shot on the edge of the penalty area and, although goalkeeper Yann Sommer appeared to have it covered, Swiss defender Manuel Akanji stuck out a foot and deflected it into the corner of the net.
Danish FA reports death threats against striker
The Danish Football Association said on Tuesday it has reported death threats made against striker Nicolai Jorgensen to the police, after he endured a barrage of online abuse for missing a World Cup penalty against Croatia. Jorgensen’s miss in Sunday’s penalty shootout led to Denmark’s elimination from the tournament following a 1-1 stalemate at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Kidnappers free father of Nigerian skipper
The father of Nigerian World Cup skipper John Mikel Obi who was kidnapped last week has been freed, police said Tuesday. A police spokesman said the senior Obi’s captors did not hurt him after seizing him at gunpoint last Thursday evening in Enugu, but they forced him to walk barefoot for about 5km in heavy rain. He said the Eagles skipper paid a ransom of about $28,000 to obtain the release of his father, who is in his sixties.Maradona offers to coach Argentina for free
Diego Maradona wants to return to the position of Argentina coach and is willing to work for free, as Jorge Sampaoli faces pressure to resign following their World Cup travails. Speaking on his Hand of God television show, 57-year-old Maradona said: “I would return to leading the national team and I would do it for free, I wouldn’t ask for anything in return.”
Loew to stay on as Germany coach
Germany coach Joachim Loew will stay in his post despite his team’s group stage elimination at the World Cup in Russia, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Tuesday.
Neves signs new five-year deal with Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves has extended his contract with the club until 2023, the newly promoted Premier League side has said. Signed for a club-record £15.8-million from Porto last year, the 21-year-old was instrumental in Wolves’ promotion to the top tier.
Club dismisses Neymar bid report
Real Madrid have denied a report that they have offered a world-record €310-million for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Neymar. Spanish television channel TVE reported that the Champions League winners had submitted the bid for the player who left Barcelona in 2017 for a record €222-million. “Real Madrid has made no offer of any kind to PSG or the player,” the club said in a statement on its website.
RUGBYZimbabwe players sleep on the street
Rugby Africa and the Tunisia Rugby Union have apologised to Zimbabwe after their players slept on the street following problems with their accommodation before a match this weekend. Zimbabwe’s players have also not been paid their meal allowances on a trip to play a World Cup qualifier, leaving their South African coach Peter de Villiers to fund their food and drink out of his own pocket.
Muguruza through to second round
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza opened her Wimbledon title defence with a 6-2, 7-5 win over British wildcard Naomi Broady on Tuesday. And world No 1 Rafael Nadal breezed into the Wimbledon second round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Israel’s Dudi Sela, the world 127.
Lopez breaks Federer record
Spain’s Feliciano Lopez set a new record for consecutive Grand Slam appearances on Tuesday when he started his 66th major in a row at Wimbledon. The 36-year-old left-handed Spaniard had equalled the mark set by Roger Federer at Roland Garros. The 70th-ranked Lopez, who faced Federico Delbonis of Argentina on Tuesday, has not missed a Slam since making his debut at the 2002 French Open.
Froome under no illusions in bid to make history
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome says he is entering unknown territory as he bids to add a fifth win in the world’s greatest cycling race. The 33-year-old Kenya-born rider – who if successful would join Belgian legend Eddie Merckx as the only cyclists to win four successive Tour de France – earned a late reprieve to line up when he was cleared on Monday of an alleged doping offence emanating from last year’s Vuelta d’Espana, which he won. Froome heads the Team Sky line-up announced on Tuesday.
Finch betters own record for highest score
Australia’s Aaron Finch smashed his own record for the highest individual score in a Twenty20 International on Tuesday, blasting 172 off 76 balls in a tri-series match against Zimbabwe in Harare. Finch, who surpassed his previous best of 156 against England in 2013, smashed 10 sixes and 16 fours.
BASKET-BRAWLOfficials regret mid-game punch-up
A massive mid-game brawl led to the ejection of nine Filipino and four Australian players during a World Cup 2019 Asian qualifier on Tuesday. Australia led 79-48 in the third quarter when Philippines guard Roger Pogoy struck Chris Goulding with an elbow. Goulding’s teammate Daniel Kickert retaliated to spark a free-for-all with the crowd getting involved. Match officials spent more than 30 minutes separating players who had punched and kicked one other several times. The game eventually resumed with the Philippines fielding three players and Australia five, and was called off at the end of the third quarter with Australia leading 89-53, after the hosts were left with only one player owing to fouls.
SURFINGSlater to retire
Surfing giant Kelly Slater, an 11-time World Surf League champion and considered the greatest surfer of all time, has announced he will end his glittering career next year.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE