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McIlroy tops Koepka for PGA Tour Player of the Year honours

Thursday, 2019-09-12 08:31:32
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Aug 25, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy celebrates with the FedEx Cup after winning the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. (PHOTO: Reuters/ Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)
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Rory McIlroy added another award to his trophy cabinet as he was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year on Wednesday for a third time following a 2018-19 campaign capped by his FedExCup championship triumph.

* Lautaro Martinez netted a hat-trick in just 40 minutes as Argentina blitzed Mexico 4-0 win in a friendly in San Antonio on September 11.

* A late goal from Luis Abram gave Peru a 1-0 win over Brazil in Los Angeles on September 11 and handed the five-times world champions their first defeat in over a year.

* Tech giant Intel Corp said on Wednesday it will use the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to show off a portfolio of new technology including artificial intelligence driven 3D tracking of athletes to augment broadcasts of events during the Games.

* Olympique de Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin will be sidelined until the winter break because of ankle surgery, the Ligue 1 club said on Wednesday.

* India are unlikely to make it to their first World Cup finals this time around but a 0-0 draw in Doha against Asian champions Qatar in 2022 qualifying on Tuesday has filled them with pride.

* Women's Super League fixtures including the north London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will be part of the first ever Women's Football Weekend in November, the Football Association said on Wednesday.

* France caused the biggest shock of the basketball World Cup in China after beating holders the United States 89-79 to reach the semi-finals of the 32-nation tournament on Wednesday.

* Philippe Gilbert claimed a second stage victory at this year’s Vuelta a Espana as Nairo Quintana rode himself back into overall contention with a fine performance in the breakaway on stage 17.

* Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen claimed his third win of this year's Tour of Britain, dominating a sprint finish at the end of the fifth stage in Birkenhead on Wednesday.

* Valencia announced the shock sacking of coach Marcelino on Wednesday (Sep 11), less than a week before their Champions League opener against Chelsea. The Spanish outfit have named former Real Madrid assistant coach Albert Celades as his successor.

* Former Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany was ruled out of his own testimonial with a hamstring injury on Wednesday (Sep 11) but received some consolation after the club said it would commission a statue in his honour.

* Ferrari followed two wins in a row on the real racetrack with a virtual double on Wednesday, with Italian gamer David Tonizza triumphant on the team's Formula One esports series debut while Mercedes struggled.

Reuters, CNA