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Nadal reclaims world number one tag from Djokovic

Tuesday, 2019-11-05 08:37:36
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 14, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates during his semi-final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic. (Reuters)
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Rafa Nadal dethroned Serbia's Novak Djokovic to reclaim the number one spot in the ATP rankings on Monday following the Spaniard's semi-final run at the Paris Masters.

* Ashleigh Barty of Australia tops the end of season women's tennis rankings released Monday (Nov 4), a day after her triumph in the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China. With 7,851 points, Barty, who has topped the rankings since early September, eclipsed second-placed Karolína Plí?ková (5,940 points) by almost 2,000 points.

* Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hinted the club may appeal against Son Heung-min's red card following the horrific injury suffered by Everton's Andre Gomes in the 1-1 draw on Sunday (Nov 3).

* Manchester City captain David Silva looks set to miss the top of the table clash with leaders Liverpool on Sunday (Nov 3) due to injury, said City manager Pep Guardiola.

* Cardiff City face a three-window transfer ban unless they pay French club Nantes the first instalment for the transfer of Emiliano Sala who died in a plane crash on his way to join the Welsh club, world governing body FIFA said on Monday (Nov 4).

* The French government on Monday (Nov 4) launched construction on a massive project to build from scratch the village for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, a development that aims to reinvigorate the poorest area in the country.

* Bayern Munich are looking for a new head coach after Niko Kovac was sacked in the wake of their 5-1 drubbing at Eintracht Frankfurt - their worst Bundesliga defeat in 10 years.

* La Liga strugglers Celta Vigo appointed Oscar Garcia as coach on Monday to replace Fran Escriba, who was sacked on Sunday.

* Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has "strenuously" denied racially abusing Charlton Athletic forward Jonathan Leko in a Championship match after the FA charged him on Monday.

* Roger Penske bought the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and IndyCar Series from Hulman & Company on Monday and said he plans to invest new money into the famed track and may even look into bringing Formula One racing back to the venue.

* This month's Davis Cup tie between Pakistan and India, scheduled to take place in Islamabad, must now be played at a "neutral venue" due to security concerns, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Monday (Nov 4).

Reuters, CNA