Sports News Roundup: Tennis-Holders Swiss beaten by Czechs in BJK Finals opener, Slovenia beat Australia; Soccer-Haaland poised to break another scoring record after brace against Young Boys and more
Cincinnati beat New York at Red Bull Arena in a penalty shootout on Saturday, advancing to the semi-finals of the MLS Playoffs. Soccer-Haaland scores twice as Man City clinch Champions League last 16 place Erling Haaland scored twice as holders Manchester City cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League with two group games remaining after a 3-0 victory over Swiss side Young Boys on Tuesday.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis-Holders Swiss beaten by Czechs in BJK Finals opener, Slovenia beat Australia
Reigning champions Switzerland suffered a 3-0 defeat by Czech Republic in their opening match of the Billie Jean King Cup Finals after last year's runners-up Australia also lost their opening group match in Seville on Tuesday. It always looked like being a tough start for the Swiss against the 11-time winning nation and so it proved.
Soccer-Haaland poised to break another scoring record after brace against Young Boys
Three days after an ankle injury cast doubt on whether Manchester City's Erling Haaland would even play against Young Boys on Tuesday, he laid down another impressive performance, scoring twice in City's 3-0 Champions League win and moving closer to smashing yet another record. Haaland now has 39 Champions League goals from 34 appearances, and is poised to break the record for fewest appearances to reach 40 goals, which is held by Ruud van Nistelrooy (45 games).
Soccer-Rashford fit but Casemiro and Martinez out long-term says United's Ten Hag
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is 100% ready to face FC Copenhagen in Wednesday's Champions League trip after missing last weekend's 1-0 win at Fulham, manager Erik Ten Hag said. However, United have been hit with a double injury blow as Brazil midfielder Casemiro and Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez are likely to be sidelined until late December.
Maradona's heirs win EU trademark fight against soccer player's ex-lawyer
The heirs of Diego Maradona who died three years ago on Tuesday won their fight to use the Argentine soccer genius's name after Europe's top court said Argentine company Sattvica belonging to his former lawyer was not entitled to the trademark. Maradona secured an EU trademark to his name for clothing, footwear, hospitality and IT services in 2008.
Golf-Woods to own and play for Florida team in virtual golf league
Tiger Woods will headline the ownership group of the sixth and final team in the primetime, tech-focused indoor golf league (TGL) in which he will also compete, the league said on Tuesday. The team, named Jupiter Links Golf Club, will begin play in January when TGL launches its inaugural season at a custom-built arena in South Florida that will feature a massive simulator screen and an adjustable putting surface.
Soccer-MLS player forcibly removed from officials' locker room - referees' body
Major League Soccer (MLS) is investigating an alleged incident in which a player was forcibly removed from the match officials' locker room after a game last week between the New York Red Bulls and FC Cincinnati, the league said on Tuesday. Cincinnati beat New York at Red Bull Arena in a penalty shootout on Saturday, advancing to the semi-finals of the MLS Playoffs.
Soccer-Haaland scores twice as Man City clinch Champions League last 16 place
Erling Haaland scored twice as holders Manchester City cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League with two group games remaining after a 3-0 victory over Swiss side Young Boys on Tuesday. Pep Guardiola's side maintained their 100% record and lead Group G with 12 points from four games. Young Boys, who were reduced to 10 men when Sandro Lauper was shown a red card in the 53rd minute, are fourth in the group with one point.
Soccer-Griezmann and Morata at the double as Atletico thrash 10-man Celtic
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata both struck twice to help thrash 10-man Celtic 6-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, sending the Spaniards top in Group E. Atletico made a strong start and Griezmann opened the scoring in the sixth minute, slotting in a low shot from the edge of the box.
Soccer-Independent Regulator to safeguard English clubs
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed plans for an independent football regulator to safeguard the future of English soccer clubs in his King's Speech on Tuesday. The Independent Regulator for Football (IREF) will have the power to step in to address cash flow and other systemic issues within clubs, many of which are financially vulnerable.
Soccer-Milan come from behind to beat PSG 2-1 and earn first Group F win
AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud's powerful header early in the second half secured a 2-1 Champions League Group F home victory over Paris St Germain in a pulsating match on Tuesday for the first win in this season's competition by the Italian side. Former Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar had put PSG ahead but their advantage lasted only three minutes before Rafael Leao netted an acrobatic equaliser and Giroud then sealed a precious victory just after the break in front of 75,649 at the San Siro.
(With inputs from agencies.)