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Sevilla, Shakhtar reach Europa League semi-finals

Wednesday, 2020-08-12 09:02:48
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Sevilla's Lucas Ocampos scores his team's first goal against the Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Photo: Reuters)
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Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for the semi-finals of the Europa League on Tuesday (Aug 12) after respective wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Basel.

Five-time competition winners Sevilla face Manchester United on Sunday after snatching a last gasp 1-0 win over Wolves, while Shakhtar take on Inter Milan on Monday after easily seeing off Basel 4-1.

* Serena Williams returned to action for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak upended the tennis calendar, defeating Bernarda Pera to set up a second-round clash with sister Venus at the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky on Tuesday. The top seed will face Venus at the outdoor hard court tournament after her unseeded sister beat former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-2 in her first-round match.

* World number two Simona Halep made a rusty start on her return from the COVID-19 shutdown as she edged a seesaw battle against Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1 1-6 7-6(3) in the opening round of the Prague Open on Tuesday. Halep, who skipped the Palermo Ladies Open last week, was making her first appearance on the WTA Tour since her title triumph at the Dubai Tennis Championships in February.

* England women's soccer coach Phil Neville is on Football Federation Australia's (FFA) three-person shortlist for the vacant 'Matildas' job, Britain's Daily Mail has reported. Neville, who guided England to the Women's World Cup semi-finals in France last year, is set to leave his role with the team at the end of his contract in July 2021.

* Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has registered for a competition in Tokyo this month, her first since her shock diagnosis with leukaemia last year, local media reported on Tuesday (Aug 11). The 20-year-old was a strong favourite for 100-metre butterfly gold at her home Olympic Games before revealing last year that she had been diagnosed with leukaemia.

* Valencia have been hit by two positive cases for coronavirus, the La Liga club announced on Tuesday (Aug 11), a day after players and staff returned for pre-season. The identities of the two individuals have been kept anonymous. They are both isolating at home while the club has notified the Spanish health authorities.

* Tottenham Hotspur have signed Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton with full back Kyle Walker-Peters moving in the opposite direction, the Premier League clubs announced on Tuesday. Hojbjerg made 134 appearances for Southampton in all competitions after joining the south-coast club from Bundesliga side Bayern Munich in 2016.

* Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson's exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. originally set for next month has been pushed back to November, organisers said Tuesday (Aug 11). In a statement, promotional company Triller said the fight in Los Angeles would now take place on November 28 to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

* Kylian Mbappe looks set to feature for Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta in Lisbon on Wednesday (Aug 12) having made a good recovery from an ankle injury, his coach Thomas Tuchel said on the eve of the game.

* Canada striker Jonathan David has joined Lille on a five-year contract from Belgian side Gent, the French Ligue 1 club announced on Tuesday, with media reporting that he has signed for a Canadian record 30 million euros (26.97 million pounds). The financial terms of the deal for David, who was voted Canada's player of the year in 2019, were not officially disclosed by the French club but the reported fee would make him the most expensive Canadian soccer player in history.

Reuters, CNA