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Tennis: Fognini to make debut at Laver Cup

Saturday, 2019-06-15 07:42:22
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French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 1, 2019. Italy's Fabio Fognini in action during his third round match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. (Reuters)
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Italian Fabio Fognini will make his debut in the Laver Cup this year after being named in captain Bjorn Borg's Team Europe lineup alongside Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev on Friday.

* The Toronto Raptors became the first Canadian team to win an NBA title with a 114-110 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday that set off a country-wide celebration.

* Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe powered to victory in the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday (Jun 14), edging out Gregor Muehlberger in a photo finish after a long breakaway.

* Teenage winger Moussa Diaby has joined German outfit Bayer Leverkusen from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs announced on Friday (Jun 14). The 19-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga side, who finished fourth last season to qualify for the Champions League.

* Paris St Germain have appointed the Brazilian Leonardo as sports director shortly after parting company with Portuguese Antero Henrique by mutual agreement, the French champions said on Friday.

* Formula One hopefuls will be able to earn superlicence points through taking part in Friday free practice sessions at grands prix next season, the governing FIA announced on Friday. All drivers require a superlicence to debut in Formula One and need to acquire 40 points through racing in other series across three seasons.

* Youssouf Kone scored a brilliant solo goal for Mali during a 1-1 draw with trophy-holders Cameroon Friday (Jun 14) in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations warm-up match in Qatar.

* Le Mans 24 Hours winners Toyota have committed to staying in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) after 2020 when rule changes come into force and the top category switches to hypercars.

* Italian Matteo Berrettini cruised into the Stuttgart Open last four on Friday after making light work of American Denis Kudla with a 6-3 6-3 win in just over an hour.

Reuters, CNA