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Boca land in Madrid amid tight security for Libertadores

Thursday, 2018-12-06 07:13:10
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Boca Juniors players after arriving in Madrid. (Reuters)
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Boca Juniors landed in Madrid on Tuesday as they prepare to face fellow Argentine club and their biggest rivals River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final second leg amid the biggest security operation for a match the city has mounted.

* USA Gymnastics said on Wednesday (Dec 5) it had filed for bankruptcy protection as the embattled governing body continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Larry Nassar abuse scandal.

* Serena Williams will make her return to the Australian Open for the first time since winning in 2017 when eight-weeks pregnant, it was confirmed Wednesday (Dec 5), with virtually all the world's top 100 players due at Melbourne Park. That includes injury-prone Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

* Deontay Wilder on Tuesday (Dec 4) called for an immediate rematch with Tyson Fury, dismissing claims from his British rival he would attempt to avoid a return bout after their epic heavyweight duel in Los Angeles.

* Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard must make up his mind whether he wishes to commit to Chelsea and extend his contract worth a rumoured £350,000 (US$450,000) a week, the club's manager Maurizio Sarri said.

* CSKA Sofia, aiming to end Ludogorets's domination of the Bulgarian league, have hired European Cup-winning coach Ljupko Petrovic as a consultant, the 31-time champions said on Wednesday.

* Southampton have appointed Austrian Ralph Hasenhuttl on a 2-1/2 year contract to replace the sacked Mark Hughes as manager, the struggling Premier League club said in a statement on Wednesday.

* Badminton's world governing body on Wednesday (Dec 5) banned former council member Raj Gaya from the sport for life and hit him with a fine of US$50,000 over alleged misuse of funds.

* Dani Rowe, who won Olympic team pursuit gold for Britain at the 2012 London Games under the name of King, announced her retirement from professional cycling on Wednesday. Rowe, a three times team pursuit world champion between 2011 and 2013, won a road race bronze for Wales at this year's Commonwealth Games in Australia.

* MotoGP riders can be classified as race finishers in future even if they and their motorcycles cross the line separately, the sport's governing body (FIM) said on Wednesday.

* Italy's Supercoppa match between Juventus and AC Milan will be staged in Saudi Arabia next month, the Serie A league said in a statement on Wednesday. Serie A said the annual fixture would take place at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah on Jan. 16.

* A second-half salvo from Atletico Madrid helped them sweep past Sant Andreu 4-0 on Wednesday and into the Copa del Rey last 16 5-0 on aggregate.

* Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organisers have formally proposed moving the start time of the marathon races forward to avoid the worst of the Japanese capital's scorching summer heat.

Reuters, CNA