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Sevilla edge Manchester United to reach Europa League final

Monday, 2020-08-17 09:33:19
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Sevilla players and staff celebrate after the match. (Reuters)
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Europa League thoroughbreds Sevilla reached yet another final as substitute Luuk de Jong struck in the 78th minute to earn them a gritty 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday (Aug 16).

* Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was named the Premier League Player of the Season on Sunday, becoming just the third Belgian to win the award for the league's top performer.

* Ronnie O'Sullivan eased to his sixth snooker world title on Sunday (Aug 16), and first since 2013, defeating fellow Englishman Kyren Wilson 18-8 in the best-of-35 frames final. Victory moves the enigmatic Englishman to within one of equalling the modern day record of seven world crowns held by Scotsman Stephen Hendry.

* Japan's Kei Nishikori said on Sunday (Aug 16) he had tested positive for COVID-19 while in Florida: just two weeks ahead of the US Open that begins in New York on Aug 31. The 30-year-old former world number four has been staying at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and pulled out of the upcoming Western & Southern Open, a warm-up tournament for many before the Grand Slam.

* American Jennifer Brady clinched her first career WTA title on Sunday (Aug 16), defeating Switzerland's Jil Teichmann 6-3 6-4 in the Top Seed Open final.

* Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso won an action-packed Austrian Grand Prix which was halted for 20 minutes after Franco Morbidelli's Yamaha collided with the Avintia Ducati of Johann Zarco in Spielberg on Sunday (Aug 16)

* Debutant Tiklas Thutlwa scored the winner as Black Leopards shocked Maritzburg United 3-2 in Soweto on Sunday (Aug 16) to boost hopes of avoiding relegation from the South African Premiership. Leopards remained bottom below Polokwane City, but only on goal difference, and have five more matches to play.

* Former Paris St Germain winger Nene scored a brace from the penalty spot as Fluminense defeated Internacional 2-1 on Sunday, the Rio de Janeiro side's first league victory of the season in a VAR-influenced match at the Maracana stadium.

* Norwegian boxing trailblazer Cecilia Braekhus suffered the first defeat of her professional career on Saturday, losing her WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO welterweight titles in a majority decision loss to underdog Jessica McCaskill in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

* Lewis Hamilton claimed his 88th Formula One career victory and, with it, an outright record 156th podium finish on Sunday (Aug 16) when he drove his Mercedes to a masterful victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. It was the world championship leader and six-time champion's fifth win in Spain and his fourth in consecutive years, extending his record run of finishes in the points to 39.

* Daniel Martinez of Colombia emerged as a surprise winner of the five-day Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday (Aug 16), having been in fifth place overnight. There were several fancied Colombians in the race including Tour de France champion Egan Bernal, few however had tipped Martinez to follow Lucho Herrera's last win for the Latin Americans here in 1991.

Reuters, CNA