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Tour de France winner Bernal gets hero's welcome in hometown

Thursday, 2019-08-08 08:01:37
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Cycling - Tour de France winner Egan Bernal receives hero's welcome at home - Zipaquira, Colombia - August 7, 2019 Colombia's Egan Bernal speaks to fans and family in his hometown REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
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Cyclist Egan Bernal, the first Latin American to win the Tour de France, got a hero's welcome from thousands of fans in his hometown of Zipaquira, Colombia, on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Bernal, the youngest rider to win the race in 110 years, promised a cheering crowd in the main square of this small Andean city that he would pursue further triumphs.

* Everton have signed France defender Djibril Sidibe on a season-long loan from AS Monaco, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. Sidibe, 27, helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title in 2017 and was a member of the France squad who won last year's World Cup.

* Wimbledon champion Simona Halep survived a stern test from American qualifier Jennifer Brady with a 4-6 7-5 7-6(5) victory to reach the last 16 on Wednesday and keep alive her hopes of a second consecutive Rogers Cup title. Ukrainian sixth seed Elina Svitolina beat Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-3 3-6 6-3 to reach the third round. Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova also reached the last 16 with a 6-4 6-7(4) 6-2 win over American qualifier Alison Riske.

* Sergio Oliveira curled in an 89th-minute free kick to give Porto a valuable 1-0 win at Krasnodar while Celtic held on for a 1-1 draw away to Cluj in Wednesday's Champions League third qualifying round first-leg ties. LASK Linz pulled off a shock 2-1 win at FC Basel and Olympiakos and Rosenborg also won away, beating Istanbul Basaksehir and Maribor respectively as the five matches produced four away wins and a draw.

* Juventus have completed a deal with Manchester City which will bring defender Danilo to Turin in exchange for right back Joao Cancelo, the two clubs said on Wednesday. Juventus said they had signed Brazilian Danilo on a five-year contract for 37 million euros while Manchester City confirmed the recruitment of Portugal international Cancelo. Juventus said the English champions would pay them 65 million euros for Cancelo.

* Tunisian club Esperance have been declared African Champions League winners after the Confederation of African Football’s disciplinary committee on Wednesday found opponents Wydad Casablanca guilty of abandoning the second leg of the final in May. This reverses an earlier decision by the CAF executive committee to order a replay of the second leg, in which the Moroccan side refused to play on after a VAR controversy.

* Formula One drivers will rev up their race cars again for the annual Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City's mayor said on Wednesday, after a cut in government funding put the future of the widely attended race in question. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said a group of business people would help cover the costs, which local authorities have said are about US$45 million a year.

* Watford have signed England forward Danny Welbeck on a free transfer after his release from fellow London side Arsenal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. Welbeck, 28, spent five years at Arsenal but played only 14 games in all competitions in his final campaign.

* Democratic Republic of Congo coach Florent Ibenge added his name to the list of post-Africa Cup of Nations departures when he announced on Wednesday that he was leaving the job. Ibenge, 57, had an usually long five-year tenure in charge of the Congolese side but his position looked tenuous after they suffered a shock defeat by rookies Madagascar on penalties in the last 16 of the tournament in Egypt last month.

* Germany keeper Kevin Trapp completed his return to Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday after making his loan move from Paris St Germain permanent with a deal to 2024, the Bundesliga club said. Trapp played 45 matches in all competitions for Eintracht last season, on loan from the French champions.

* Norwich City have signed versatile midfielder Ibrahim Amadou from Spanish side Sevilla on a season-long loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent next year, the promoted Premier League club said on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Frenchman, a defensive midfielder who can also play at centre back, becomes Norwich's fifth arrival in the close season.

* Former Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has announced his retirement, bringing to an end a 21-year career in which he played club soccer on three different continents. Forlan, who started his career in South America with Argentine club Independiente, played for major European teams such as Manchester United, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan before ending his career in Asia. Forlan, 40, was also instrumental in Uruguay's run to the 2010 World Cup semi-finals, where he was awarded the Golden Ball for best player at the tournament and finished as one of the tournament's top scorers with five goals.

* A 1000 kilometre, two-week relay which started in Northern Japan to raise awareness for the 2011 earthquake and tsunami ended in Tokyo on Wednesday. People carrying a commemorative sash could either run or cycle as the relay made its way from Aomori to Tokyo’s Komazawa Olympic Park, which hosted soccer and wrestling at the 1964 Games. Those participating wanted to send a message of support to those still suffering in the Tohoku region as a result of the 2011 disaster, which left almost 18,000 people dead.

* Tiger Woods on Wednesday said stiffness in his surgically repaired back had limited his ability to practice ahead of the Northern Trust Open, which kicks off the PGA Tour playoffs on Thursday in Jersey City. The American played what he called a "modified" nine holes at the Liberty National Golf Club on Tuesday with Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson but limited his shots to chips and putts on the back nine at Wednesday's pro-am.

* AS Roma tied 2-2 with Athletic Bilbao in a pre-season friendly match in Stadio Renato Curi in Perugia on Wednesday.

* Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus has been banned from international football for two months for improper conduct in last month's Copa America final, the South American Football Confederation said on Wednesday. The Manchester City player was also fined US$30,000 for breaching the organisation's disciplinary code.

Reuters, Xinhua