Sports News Roundup: Soccer-United have Hojlund, Antony back for Champions League clash at Galatasaray; Tennis-Sabalenka, Rybakina to open new season in Brisbane and more
Sinclair, who is the world's all-time leading international goalscorer, announced her retirement from the Canada women's national team in October and her final game will be on Dec. 5 against Australia. NBA roundup: Joel Embiid, 76ers demolish Lakers Joel Embiid recorded the sixth triple-double of his NBA career with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to help the Philadelphia 76ers earn a 138-94 win against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Soccer-United have Hojlund, Antony back for Champions League clash at Galatasaray
Manchester United have Rasmus Hojlund, the joint top-scorer in the Champions League this season, and Antony fit for their pivotal game at Galatasaray on Wednesday in a big boost for Erik ten Hag's side who cannot lose if they hope to advance. With two games remaining, United are bottom of Group A on three points after four games, a point behind second-placed Copenhagen FC and Galatasaray, who are third having pulled off a shock 3-2 win at Old Trafford last month.
Soccer-Australia captain Kerr to miss Canada friendlies
Matildas captain Sam Kerr will miss Australia's upcoming international friendlies against Canada in Langford and Vancouver because of a foot injury. Striker Kerr will stay in London with her club Chelsea to receive treatment on the injury and has been replaced in the squad by uncapped 20-year-old midfielder Sarah Hunter, the team said.
Soccer-No excuses from Ancelotti, as injury-hit Real face Napoli
Real Madrid go into their Champions League tie against Napoli with plenty of injury problems, but manager Carlo Ancelotti said his side have proved they are strong enough to cope with these challenges. Real's injury list includes Aurelien Tchouameni, Vinicius Junior, Eduardo Camavinga, while Luka Modric is a doubt after going off injured in their 3-0 win at Cadiz on Sunday.
Soccer-Venue renamed 'Christine Sinclair Place' for Canada soccer great's final game
BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, will be renamed "Christine Sinclair Place" for one night next week in honour of the captain's final match with the women's international team, Canada Soccer said on Monday. Sinclair, who is the world's all-time leading international goalscorer, announced her retirement from the Canada women's national team in October and her final game will be on Dec. 5 against Australia.
NBA roundup: Joel Embiid, 76ers demolish Lakers
Joel Embiid recorded the sixth triple-double of his NBA career with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to help the Philadelphia 76ers earn a 138-94 win against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. Tyrese Maxey scored 31 points and shot 5-for-12 from 3-point distance, helping the 76ers shoot 22-for-46 as a team from deep, one trey short of the franchise record. Philadelphia won for the fourth time in six games.
Tennis-Sabalenka, Rybakina to open new season in Brisbane
World number two Aryna Sabalenka and number four Elena Rybakina will open their 2024 seasons at the Brisbane International warm-up for the Australian Open, organisers said on Tuesday. Former world number one Naomi Osaka was already announced for the WTA 500 event, which is returning in the first week of January after a three-year hiatus forced initially by the COVID pandemic.
Olympics-Paris metro ticket price to double during 2024 Olympics
Paris metro ticket prices will almost double during the 2024 Olympics, the French capital region's president said on Tuesday, adding that residents with passes would be shielded from the temporary rise and visitors would be charged "a fair price". The mayor of Paris warned last week that public transport services, which are provided by the regional authority, would be insufficient during the events. The Olympics will be held from July 26 to Aug. 11 and the Paralympics from Aug. 28 to Sept 8.
Motor racing-Room for improvement for Red Bull? Rivals hope not
Red Bull principal Christian Horner joked after Formula One's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that, with his team winning 21 of 22 races in 2023, there was room for improvement next year. If the quip raised only a hollow laugh after the most dominant season ever, with triple world champion Max Verstappen setting a string of records including 10 wins in a row and 19 in total, it was because it contained an underlying truth.
Olympics-Rise in antisemitism is security challenge for Israeli athletes, Israel committee says
A rise in antisemitic acts around the world during the Gaza war has set new security challenges for Israeli athletes ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics, Israel's Olympic Committee chief said. Demonstrations — both pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel — have been held in many countries since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people and taking about 240 people hostage.
NHL roundup: Flames clip Knights in final seconds of OT
MacKenzie Weegar scored with 4.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give host Calgary a comeback 2-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday as the Flames opened a six-game homestand on a positive note. A.J. Greer also scored for the Flames, who received a scintillating 27-save performance from goaltender Dan Vladar.
(With inputs from agencies.)