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Esports-Reigning eWorld Cup champion 'Gorilla' fails to make semis

Saturday, 2018-08-04 00:37:08
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Professional Playstation player Gorilla, real name Spencer Ealing, reacts while playing in the group stages of the FIFA eWorld Grand Final at the O2 Arena in London, Britain August 2, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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England’s reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing failed to make the final four of the 2018 tournament on Friday after losing to Malta’s Kurt ‘Kurt0411’ Fenech.

Saturday’s Xbox One semi-final will see Fenech take on Saudi Arabia’s Group B winner Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary. Manchester City’s Danish gamer Marcus ‘Marcuzo’ Joergensen, who beat Argentine favourite Nicolas ‘Nicolas99fc’ Villalba, will play Belgian Stefano ‘StefanoPinna’ Pinna in the PlayStation4 semi.

* Britain's former national women's javelin champion Joanna Blair has been banned for four years after testing positive for anabolic steroids, UK Anti-Doping announced on Friday. The 31-year-old Blair, who won the national title in 2016, tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance metabolite of the steroid metandienone following an Out-of-Competition test on June 24, 2017.

* The UAE have taken Iraq's place in Group C of the 2018 Asian Games Indonesia men's football tournament. A re-draw was conducted by the Asian Football Confederation on Friday following Iraq's withdrawal from the tournament. UAE are now grouped alongside China PR, Timor-Leste and Syria in Group C, reducing Group E to four teams - Korea Republic, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia and Bahrain.

* Record-breaking temperatures that have caused 30 deaths in the Republic of Korea have forced the country's top-flight football league to delay kick-offs until after sunset for the first time this weekend. Temperatures hit 39.6°C in the capital Seoul on Wednesday, their highest since weather authorities began monitoring in 1907.

* Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac will be out of action for eight to 10 weeks after suffering an injury to his left knee, the Premier League club said on Friday. The Bosnia international was forced off during Wednesday's pre-season win over London rivals Chelsea in Dublin after a clash with Victor Moses.

* Former world number one Andy Murray withdrew from the Citi Open on Friday, citing fatigue. The returning Scot also announced his withdrawal from next week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto. He was to have met Australian Alex de Minaur in the Washington quarter-finals on Friday after coming from behind to defeat Marius Copil 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(4) in a marathon third round match that lasted more than three hours on Thursday.

* Pornanong Phatlum demonstrated the growing depth of Thai golf talent when she vaulted to the halfway lead at the Women's British Open in Lancashire on Friday. Swinging with metronomic consistency, Phatlum hit every green in regulation and carded a five-under-par 67 in the second round for a one-stroke advantage at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. She posted a 10-under 134 total, while Australian first round leader Minjee Lee (70), Japan's Mamiko Higa (69) and England's Georgia Hall (68) were nipping at her heels on nine-under.

* Caster Semenya won the women's 400 metres in a South African record time of 49.96 seconds, while Nijel Amos of Botswana retained his 800m title by beating Kenya's Emmanuel Korir at the African Championships on Friday. Semenya, the Olympic and world 800m champion, clipped 0.09 seconds off the 18-year-old national record. She now holds the South African 400, 800, 1,000 and 1,500 metres records.

* Fantine Lesaffre made a remarkable breakthrough to smash the French 400 metres individual medley record twice in day and become the first swimming champion of the new multi-sports European Championships on Friday. She produced strong breaststroke and freestyle legs to win in 4:34.17, the fastest in the world this year, easing away from Italy's Ilaria Cusinato (4:35.05) and Britain's Hannah Miley (4:35.34).

* Former England midfielder Frank Lampard began his managerial reign with a victory as his Derby County side came from behind to beat Reading 2-1 with a last-gasp goal in the Championship on Friday when the Football League season got underway. Derby's Tom Lawrence headed the winner in the 94th minute after teenager Mason Mount scored on the hour with a low drive to cancel out Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's powerful header that had put the hosts in front after 53 minutes at the Madejski Stadium.

* Barcelona have reached agreement with Bayern Munich to sign Chile international midfielder Arturo Vidal, the two European giants announced on Friday. The 31-year-old, who has played 100 games for Chile and scored 24 goals, will sign a three-year deal after having a medical in the next few days, Barca said in a statement. No transfer fee was given but Spanish media reports said Barca will pay 18 million euros, rising to 21 million euros, for the former Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus player.

Reuters, Xinhua