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Sevilla cruise into Europa League quarter-finals

Friday, 2020-08-07 09:01:25
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Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 - AS Roma v Sevilla - MSV-Arena, Duisburg, Germany - August 6, 2020 Sevilla's Sergio Reguilon scores their first goal. (Reuters)
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Five-times winners Sevilla made light work of AS Roma when first half goals from Sergio Reguilon and Youssef En-Nesyri gave them a 2-0 win over AS Roma and sent them into the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.

* Manchester City's 19-year-old Spanish defender Eric Garcia, a reported Barcelona transfer target, has turned down a new deal with the Premier League club, manager Pep Guardiola said on Thursday (Aug 6). Central defender Garcia, who was born in Barcelona and came through the club's La Masia academy, joined City in 2017 and broke into the first team this season.

* Manchester United players Marcus Rashford and Jackie Groenen have won the PFA's Community Champion award for their social welfare activities and contribution to the club's foundation this season, the Premier League side announced on Thursday (Aug 6).

* Former US Open champions Andy Murray and Kim Clijsters each received wildcard entries to 2020 edition of the tournament, organisers said on Thursday. The tournament will take place in a quarantined setting from Aug. 31-Sept. 13 in New York.

* Athletes testing positive for recreational drugs out-of-competition will be banned by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) for 1-3 months instead of two years when the policy is changed next year, officials said on Thursday (Aug 6). WADA's reduced sanctions for drugs that do not enhance the performance of an athlete will come into effect from Jan. 1, 2021, with a stronger focus on catching athletes who cheat instead.

* DS Techeetah's Formula E leader Antonio Felix da Costa celebrated his third win in a row to open up a 68-point gap in the all-electric series at Berlin's former Tempelhof airport on Thursday. The Portuguese took his second pole to flag victory in two days at the season's finale in the German capital with four more races to come.

* Top seed Petra Martic was forced to recover from a set down to beat Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2 to book her spot in the quarter-finals of the Palermo Ladies Open on Thursday.

* Dutch driver Beitske Visser won the inaugural all-female W series esports championship with a round to spare on Thursday. The 25-year-old was runner-up last year in the first real championship to Briton Jamie Chadwick, who dropped out of the virtual competition after securing a seat in the European Formula Three Regional series.

* The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) agreed with national governments on Thursday that teams traveling around the continent to compete in club competitions do not need to quarantine for 14 days before playing matches. The Copa Libertadores, South America’s equivalent of the Champions League, and the Copa Sudamericana, akin to the Europa League, are to restart on Sept. 15 and Oct. 27, respectively, with 64 teams from 10 nations taking part.

* Valtteri Bottas looked forward to fighting for the Formula One world championship again next season after Mercedes announced on Thursday that the Finn would be racing for them until at least the end of 2021.

* Roma on Thursday (Aug 6) announced a change of ownership, with US billionaire Dan Friedkin buying the Serie A club for €591 million (US$700 million). Friedkin, 54, takes over the Italian side from American businessman James Pallotta, 62.

* Serie A club Inter Milan have signed forward Alexis Sanchez on a permanent three-year deal from Manchester United, both clubs confirmed on Thursday (Aug 6).

Reuters, CNA