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Medvedev falls at first hurdle in Hamburg

Wednesday, 2020-09-23 09:28:56
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Tennis - ATP 500 - Hamburg European Open - Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany - September 22, 2020 Russia's Daniil Medvedev in action during his first round match against France's Ugo Humbert. (Photo: Reuters)
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Top seed Daniil Medvedev suffered a stunning 6-4 6-3 defeat by Frenchman Ugo Humbert in his first claycourt match of the 2020 season at the Hamburg European Open on Tuesday (Sep 22).

One week after becoming a father for the first time, Roberto Bautista Agut celebrated a convincing 6-4 6-3 victory over two-time defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

* Dean Henderson's bid to replace David de Gea as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper got off to a solid start as he made a key save in his belated debut for the club in their 3-0 win at Luton Town in the League Cup on Tuesday. Henderson was one of 10 changes to the United team after a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday in their opening game of the new Premier League campaign.

* The Brazilian government on Tuesday sanctioned the partial return of fans to football stadiums. Professional matches kicked off again in June in Rio de Janeiro and in Sao Paulo state, Brazil’s most populous, in July.

* West Ham United manager David Moyes and players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have returned positive tests for COVID-19, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

* US Soccer on Tuesday announced its men's national team will not play any international matches during the upcoming window in October due to COVID-19 concerns. The US has not played since defeating Costa Rica 1-0 in February in Carson, California.

* RB Leipzig have signed Norway striker Alexander Sorloth from Premier League side Crystal Palace on a five-year contract, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday. Sorloth, 24, spent last season on loan at Turkish club Trabzonspor, where he scored 33 goals in 49 games in all competitions.

* Canada's Bianca Andreescu has pulled out of the French Open and will take the rest of the season off to focus on her recuperation, the world number seven said on Tuesday.

* West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic has been charged with improper conduct after he was sent off in Saturday's 5-2 Premier League defeat at Everton, the Football Association said on Tuesday. Bilic, 52, was shown a red card by referee Mike Dean for his vehement complaints at halftime after defender Kieran Gibbs was sent off for pushing Everton's James Rodriguez in the face.

* Serie A side AS Roma have been penalised with a 3-0 defeat for irregularly fielding player Amadou Diawara in the 0-0 draw against Hellas Verona last weekend, the league said in a statement on Tuesday. Midfielder Diawara, who turned 23 in July, had not been included in the senior player list at the beginning of the season, even though he was no longer eligible for the under-22 list where he was named.

* Tottenham Hotspur's new loan signing Gareth Bale could extend his stay at the north London club beyond the season, the forward's agent said on Tuesday as the Welshman looks to end his spell with Real Madrid.

* Tuesday’s League Cup third round match between Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur has been postponed after a number of Orient players tested positive for COVID-19, the Football League has confirmed. Orient announced on Monday that some of their players had tested positive and that its Breyer Group Stadium and training ground facilities would be closed until further notice.

* Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez has tested positive for COVID-19, the La Liga club said on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Atletico coach Diego Simeone also tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

* Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal for one million euros (US$1.17 million) on a permanent deal, the two clubs announced on Tuesday.

* Cycling has been thrown into fresh turmoil after French judicial authorities opened a preliminary investigation into potential doping at Nairo Quintana's team Arkea-Samsic on Monday, a day after the Tour de France ended in Paris.