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Germany's 'Mo Auba' claims US$250,000 FIFA eWorld Cup jackpot

Monday, 2019-08-05 07:26:03
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Esports - FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 2019 - O2 Arena, London, Britain - August 4, 2019 Mo Harkous (MoAuba) of Germany celebrates with the trophy after winning the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019. (Reuters)
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Germany's Mohammed 'Mo Auba' Harkous claimed the US$250,000 first prize as he beat defending champion Mosaad 'Msdossary' Aldossary to win the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final on Sunday.

* Luis Suarez's late volley saw Barcelona to a 2-1 win against Arsenal in the Joan Gamper Trophy friendly in front of a bumper crowd at the Camp Nou, as Antoine Griezmann made his home debut following his big money move from Atletico Madrid.

* Formula One teams have agreed the calendar can expand to a record 22 races next year but without increasing the number of engines allowed, according to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

* Honda's world champion Marc Marquez won the rain-affected Czech MotoGP in Brno on Sunday, his sixth victory of the season, and became only the fourth rider to achieve 50 premier-class victories.

* Nick Kyrgios overcame early back spasms to get the better of Russia's Daniil Medvedev in a pair of tiebreakers and win the Citi Open in Washington on Sunday. The Australian won 7-6(6) 7-6(4) over frustrated fourth-seed Medvedev for his sixth career ATP Tour victory.

* Diego Schwartzman saved three set points in opening stanza before going on to beat American Taylor Fritz 7-6(6) 6-3 in the final of the Los Cabos ATP tournament in Mexico on Saturday.

* Home favourite Jessica Pegula made quick work of Italy's Camila Giorgi to win her maiden WTA title at the Citi Open in Washington on Sunday. The 25-year-old American breezed to a 6-2 6-2 win over the outplayed Italian in just 59 minutes, claiming the first two games in both sets to set the tone.

* North Carolina native J.T. Poston became the first player in 45 years to win a PGA Tour event without dropping a shot when he beat Webb Simpson by one stroke at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday. Not since Lee Trevino at New Orleans in 1974 had a player negotiated 72 holes without a bogey en route to victory.

* Japan's Hinako Shibuno hit a gutsy 18-foot birdie putt at the final hole to win a thrilling Women's British Open at Woburn on Sunday (Aug 4), completing a fairytale story for a player nicknamed the "Smiling Cinderella".

* Peru rode a wave of support from a raucous home crowd to win three Pan Am Games surfing gold medals on Sunday, carrying Daniella Rosas and Luca Mesinas all the way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

* Italian Olympic champion Elia Viviani roared to victory in the RideLondon Surrey Classic on Sunday (Aug 4) with a perfectly-timed surge to the line on The Mall. The sprint-specialist, runner-up last year, was given the perfect run-in by his Deceuninck-Quick-Step colleagues before taking matters into his own hands.

* Mick Schumacher, son of seven-times Formula One champion Michael, took his first Formula Two victory in Hungary on Sunday. The 20-year-old German started from pole position on a reverse grid after finishing eighth in Saturday's feature race and led all the way to the chequered flag at the Hungaroring, where his father won four times.

* Taiwan's shuttler Chou Tien-chen clinched the men's singles title at the Thailand Open badminton tournament Sunday, in a thrilling final against Hong Kong opponent Angus Ng Ka Long. Both players collapsed after third-seed Chou eked out victory 21-14, 11-21, 23-21 in a 67-minute match at Bangkok's Indoor Stadium Huamark.

* Everton have signed teenage Italy striker Moise Kean from Juventus on a five-year deal. The Italian champions said the fee was an initial €27.5 million (US$31 million) but could rise by a further €2.5 million if certain conditions were met.

* Barcelona have signed Spanish left back Junior Firpo from Real Betis on a five-year deal for an initial transfer fee of 18 million euros (16.4 million pounds), the Spanish champions said on Sunday.

* Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been ruled out of the start of the new Premier League season with a hamstring injury. The England international picked up the problem in training and manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will miss their opening game of the campaign against Aston Villa next Saturday.

Reuters, CNA