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Athletic Bilbao moved closer to the European qualification places in La Liga after beating Espanyol 2-1. Oihan Sancet and Iñigo Martínez scored in the first half to lead Athletic to the home win that left it one point behind the seventh-placed Real Sociedad. Athletic was four points behind fourth-placed Barcelona in the final Champions League spot.
Bayern Munich will be without Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for some weeks after he opted for surgery on a troublesome knee. Bayern said on Monday that Neuer underwent an operation on his right knee joint the day before and the team will be without its captain “for the coming weeks.” Neuer played in Bayern’s 3-2 victory over Leipzig on Saturday, when he starred with five good saves and showed no sign of any knee problems. Kicker magazine reported that an operation to remove part of the medial meniscus had been an option for some time to prevent any further damage.
Get well soon, Manu! 💪
Jason Roy smashed a masterful century against a world-class Lahore Qalandars bowling attack and spurred Quetta Gladiators to a seven-wicket victory in the Pakistan Super League. Roy blasted 11 fours and eight sixes in his 116 off 57 balls as Quetta romped to 207-3 with three balls to spare to register its highest successful chase in the PSL.
Jason Roy is the first batter in PSL history to score a century when chasing a target of 200plus. #LevelHai
Captain Kane Williamson will miss New Zealand’s two-test home cricket series against South Africa with an elbow injury. The strain injury also caused Williamson to miss New Zealand’s recent series against Bangladesh. His most recent test was against India in November.
I think it might be time we really start worrying about Kane Williamson’s elbow. He can have mine?
Seeded players Anett Kontaveit, Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens all got through tough three-set matches to reach the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. Kontaveit had the least trouble of the three as she defeated Swiss player Jil Teichmann 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 on the opening day of the tournament.
FIFA has dismissed a protest filed by the Jamaica Football Federation over its 1-1 draw with the United States in a World Cup qualifier on Nov. 16. In a 34-point, eight-page decision, FIFA’s disciplinary committee said Jamaica failed to notify the match commissioner of the protest and failed to make a payment of 1,000 Swiss francs (then $1,075) to accompany the protest.
Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja has been included in an 18-man squad for Australia’s first Test tour to Pakistan since 1998, and it’s first in four years without Justin Langer as head coach. The squad was confirmed three days after Langer announced he’d rejected a six-month contract extension offered by Cricket Australia and quit, a decision that left Andrew McDonald as interim coach.
Usman Khawaja with some strong words on Justin Langer and his legacy. ‘He brought humility back to the Australian team… I know what we played like before he was coach and I know what we played like when he was coach.’ @9NewsQueensland #cricket pic.twitter.com/JDtEMrpKH3
Brandon Nakashima beat John Millman in straight sets in the opening round of the inaugural Dallas Open. The 20-year-old American seeking his first ATP Tour title beat the Australian Millman, 7-5, 7-6 (3), and will be joined in the round of 16 by Kevin Anderson. The South African was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over American Sam Querrey earlier Monday.
Moving on in Dallas ⏭
American-born Eileen Gu of China cranked out the first 1620 of her career on her final jump, stunning Tess Ledeux of France and earning the first of what she hopes will be three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in women’s freestyle big air Tuesday. Nicknamed the “Snow Princess,” Gu is among the biggest local names in Beijing. She is a medal favourite in big air, slopestyle and halfpipe. Her first attempt at gold came down to the last round.
Eileen Gu wins GOLD! 🥇