Sports News Roundup: Soccer-Spanish prosecutor seeks nine-year jail term for Alves in sexual assault case; Motorcycling-Bagnaia keen to seal title and join greats Rossi, Marquez and more
The 36-year-old world number one, looking to complete a remarkable year by helping his country win the Davis Cup for the second time, outclassed Norrie to become his country's most successful Davis Cup player. Motorcycling-Bagnaia keen to seal title and join greats Rossi, Marquez Francesco Bagnaia is on the brink of becoming just the third rider to claim back-to-back MotoGP titles but the Italian says there is no chance of him celebrating too soon with everything still to play for in the final race weekend of the season.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NFL roundup: Jordan Love's 3 TDs help Packers upset Lions
Jordan Love passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns and the visiting Green Bay Packers surprised NFC North leader Detroit, 29-22, on Thanksgiving Day. Christian Watson caught five passes for 94 yards and a touchdown for Green Bay (5-6). AJ Dillon gained a combined 81 yards rushing and receiving, while Jonathan Owens scored on a fumble return.
Soccer-Spanish prosecutor seeks nine-year jail term for Alves in sexual assault case
A Spanish prosecutor is seeking a prison term of nine years for former Barcelona and Brazil soccer player Dani Alves who is due to stand trial on charges of sexual assault against a woman in Barcelona last year, a court document showed on Thursday. Alves, who has been held in prison since his arrest on Jan. 20, allegedly violently assaulted a woman in the bathroom of the VIP area in a Barcelona nightclub early in the morning of Dec. 31, the document said.
Tennis-Djokovic sends Serbia into Davis Cup semi against Italy
Novak Djokovic steered Serbia into the Davis Cup semi-finals with a straightforward 6-4 6-4 win over Britain's Cameron Norrie to give his team a winning 2-0 lead on Thursday. The 36-year-old world number one, looking to complete a remarkable year by helping his country win the Davis Cup for the second time, outclassed Norrie to become his country's most successful Davis Cup player.
Motorcycling-Bagnaia keen to seal title and join greats Rossi, Marquez
Francesco Bagnaia is on the brink of becoming just the third rider to claim back-to-back MotoGP titles but the Italian says there is no chance of him celebrating too soon with everything still to play for in the final race weekend of the season. The Ducati rider holds a 21-point lead over Pramac Racing's Jorge Martin ahead of the season finale at Valencia, where he can seal the championship as early as Saturday by scoring at least four points more than Martin.
Soccer-Rodrygo says he received racist abuse after Messi argument
Brazil striker Rodrygo said he had received racist messages on social media accounts following an argument with Argentina captain Lionel Messi before the teams' World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Brazil's 1-0 loss to Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, the five-times world champions' third consecutive defeat, was marred by violence after clashes between police and visiting fans at the Maracana stadium caused the match to be delayed by half an hour.
NFL-Cowboys' Bland returns interception for record fifth touchdown
Dallas defensive back DaRon Bland returned a record fifth interception for a touchdown on Thursday to help the Cowboys to a 45-10 win over the Washington Commanders. Late in the fourth quarter Bland stepped in front of Commanders quarterback Sam Howell's pass and raced 63 yards down the sidelines to the roars of a sold out U.S. Thanksgiving Day crowd in Dallas for his fifth 'pick six' of the season.
Britain wins litter-picking World Cup with load of rubbish
Britain came out on top when 21 teams from around the world gathered in Tokyo this week to collect litter in the inaugural SpoGomi World Cup, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues. The teams of three from countries as far afield as Australia and Brazil scoured the streets of Shibuya and Omotesando for 90 minutes over two sessions looking for waste and then sorting what they had found into appropriate categories.
Tennis-Djokovic says British fans disrespectful during Davis Cup win
Novak Djokovic accused British fans of disrespect during Serbia's Davis Cup quarter-final victory in Malaga on Thursday. The 24-time Grand Slam winner said some fans had tried to annoy him during his straight sets win over Cameron Norrie and snapped at them when they drummed loudly during his post-match interview, telling them to shut up.
Olympics-Terrorism, cyber attacks main Paris 2024 threats as security plan finalised
Terrorism and cyber attacks are the two main risks the Paris Olympics faces, with a potentially highly exposed opening ceremony, but organisers are confident they will be ready to face the challenge next year. Paris 2024 is launching the third of four waves of tenders for private security, which will result in the presence of 17,000-22,000 agents a day - including 2,000 for the opening ceremony, which will be a long parade on the Seine River attended by possibly 600,000 people.
Former Paralympian Pistorius seeks parole a decade after killing girlfriend
South Africa's former Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, jailed in 2014 for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, will get another chance for an early release at a parole hearing on Friday. Known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fibre prosthetic legs, Pistorius went from a public hero as a Paralympic champion to a convicted killer in hearings that caught the world's attention a decade ago.
(With inputs from agencies.)