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Osaka, Rapinoe, Mahomes among athletes on 'Time 100' list

Thursday, 2020-09-24 09:28:39
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Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women's singles final match on day 13 of the 2020 US Open tennis tournament. (Reuters)
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US Open champion Naomi Osaka, American soccer player Megan Rapinoe and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes were among the athletes named on the 2020 “Time 100” list of the most influential people in the world.

* Atletico Madrid have signed striker Luis Suarez from Barcelona, the Spanish clubs said on Wednesday, bringing to an end his six-year stint at the Camp Nou. Barca's statement said Atletico will pay the Catalans €6 million (US$7 million) in bonus payments to sign the 33-year-old.

* Frank de Boer, who won 112 caps and played at two World Cups for the Netherlands, has been appointed his country’s national team coach, the Dutch football association (KNVB) said on Wednesday. The 50-year-old replaced Ronald Koeman, who left last month to take over as Barcelona coach, and has signed a two-year contract up to the 2022 World Cup.

* Paris St Germain winger Angel di Maria has been given a four-game suspension for his behaviour during the ill-tempered 1-0 defeat by Olympique de Marseille this month, the French league said on Wednesday.

* Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz got off the mark with a hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing of Barnsley at Stamford Bridge in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday (Sep 23).

* Dynamo Kyiv celebrated a 2-1 win at 10-man Gent in the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie while Norway's Molde fought back from a two-goal deficit in a thrilling 3-3 home draw with Hungary's Ferencvaros on Wednesday.

* Tiger Woods will defend his Zozo Championship title next month at Sherwood Country Club in California, the PGA Tour said on Wednesday. The 78-player tournament, which will be held Oct. 22-25, was relocated to California this year from Japan due to logistical issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

* Leeds United have reached an agreement to sign Spanish defender Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad, the La Liga club have said. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed but British media reported Leeds would shell out up to 20 million pounds (US$25.44 million) for the 27-year-old centre back.

* Wolves announced the signing of Portugal right-back Nelson Semedo from Barcelona on Wednesday (Sep 23) for a fee that could reportedly rise to £37 million ($47 million). The Premier League club announced the 26-year-old had signed a three-year deal at Molineux, with an option to extend until 2025.

* Thirty four years after making his professional debut, Japanese forward Kazuyoshi Miura became the oldest player to appear in a J-League first division match when he led Yokohama FC on Wednesday at the age of 53.

Reuters, CNA