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Cycling: Billionaire Ratcliffe rides to rescue of Team Sky

Wednesday, 2019-03-20 07:20:17
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Jim Ratcliffe, CEO of British petrochemicals company INEOS, poses for a portrait with the Canary Wharf financial district seen behind, ahead of a news conference announcing the launch of a British America's Cup sailing team in London, Britain, April 26, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe rode to the rescue of Team Sky when his chemicals multinational INEOS was confirmed as the new owner of the powerhouse cycle team on Tuesday

A statement from the British outfit, which has eight Grand Tour victories to its name, said current owners Sky and 21st Century Fox had agreed a sale to INEOS, who will officially take control on May 1.

* Paris St Germain have won a legal battle against UEFA after European football’s governing body tried to reopen its investigation into the French club's spending on transfer fees and wages. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday it had upheld PSG’s appeal against UEFA on the grounds that the body took too long to review its own decision to clear the French champions of breaking Financial Fair Play rules.

* Britain's Adam Yates was unable to hold off Slovenia's Primoz Roglic as victory on the Tirreno-Adriatico slipped from his grasp by a single second on Tuesday. The Mitchelton-Scott rider began the 10km time trial - the seventh and final stage of the race - with a 25-second buffer over Roglic, a TT specialist. But Roglic, who in 2017 became the first Slovenian to win a Tour de France stage, claimed victory in the overall standings by just one second.

* Torino defender Ola Aina has been banned for three games after being sent off in stoppage time during their 3-2 home defeat to Bologna, Serie A's disciplinary committee said on Tuesday. The Nigeria international, who is on loan from Chelsea, was banned for one match for receiving five yellow cards. He received a further suspension for showing an "intimidating attitude" towards the referee in Saturday's defeat to Bologna.

* Scotland captain Andy Robertson has been ruled out of their opening Euro 2020 qualifier in Kazakhstan, the Scottish FA said on Tuesday. The Liverpool left back has had an operation on an abscess in his mouth and the Scotland medical team are hopeful he will return to the squad for their next match in San Marino on Sunday.

* WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will put his title on the line against fellow American Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in May, both camps said on Tuesday. Wilder (39-0-1), who fought to a split decision draw against Briton Tyson Fury in Los Angeles on Dec. 1, will face the 20-1 Breazeale on May 18.

* Everton boss Marco Silva has been fined £12,000 by the Football Association for confronting match officials after his side's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Newcastle earlier this month, the FA said. Silva had approached referee Lee Mason and the linesman to complain about Newcastle's winner, insisting Salomon Rondon was offside in the buildup, after Everton allowed Newcastle to mount a spectacular comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

* Shakhtar Donetsk striker Junior Moraes has become the latest Brazilian-born player to join the Ukraine national team after being named on Tuesday in the squad for the European Championship Group B qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg. He is the third Brazilian player naturalised by the Ukrainian team in their history and can make his debut against Portugal on March 22 in Lisbon or Luxembourg three days later.

* Hoffenheim have agreed to sign Ajax Amsterdam assistant coach Alfred Schreuder for next season to replace coach Julian Nagelsmsann who is joining RB Leipzig. Schreuder was Hoffenheim assistant coach from 2015 until January 2018 before transferring to the Dutch club.

* Manchester City will open the FA Cup semi-final weekend on April 6 against Brighton & Hove Albion after England's Football Association announced on Tuesday the schedule for the two fixtures at Wembley Stadium. City, who are chasing a quadruple of trophies, will take on Brighton in the first semi-final on the Saturday at 17:30 GMT while Watford face Wolverhampton Wanderers a day later for a 1600 kickoff.

* The head of Japan's Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, said on Tuesday he will step down from his position when his current term ends in June.

* Yuzuru Hanyu, the only man in more than 50 years to win back-to-back Olympic gold in figure skating, said on Tuesday that his condition is "100 percent" ahead of the world championships after months out of competition with an ankle injury. Hanyu injured his right ankle in practice for a Grand Prix event late last year and was forced to drop out of the Grand Prix Final as well as the Japanese nationals.

* Mohamed Salah has failed to score in seven consecutive Liverpool games but team mate Virgil van Dijk says it is only a matter of time before the goals come for the Egyptian forward. Salah, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season and helped them reach the Champions League final, has notched 20 goals in 41 games in all competitions, with 17 of them coming in the league.

* Marek Hamsik, who currently plays for Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang Club, was the winner of the Slovak Footballer of the Year Award, the country's football association announced on Tuesday. Hamsik, winning 350 points in the voting, beat Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar by 36 points to claim the award.

* 12 teams are qualified to compete for the 2019 Sudirman Cup, which will be held in Nanning, China from May 19 to 26.

* The Australian women's national team will utilise the same training base as their male counterparts did in 2018, as they prepare for their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup campaign in France. According to a statement from Football Federation Australia, Ante Milicic's squad will arrive in Antalya, Turkey on May 19, and will spend ten days on Turkey's south coast with access to the same training and recovery facilities which the men's national team used prior to their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia.

* Spain coach Luis Enrique has been forced into making a change for his squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Norway and Malta. Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz has been forced to withdraw after arriving at the training camp suffering from a fever which had kept him out of his side's win over Udinese at the weekend.

* Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei will not be returning for the Malaysian Open in April, Badminton Association of Malaysia president Norza Zakaria confirmed on Tuesday. The 36-year-old Lee, who had recovered from nose cancer, has started on court training in January, after an absence of several months and his return to the sport has been highly anticipated.

Reuters, Xinhua