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Murray returns to court after hip surgery

Wednesday, 2019-04-03 07:09:57
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Britain's Andy Murray reacts during the match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut - Australian Open - First Round - Melbourne Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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Andy Murray has returned to a tennis court two months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery.

Murray, who has not played competitively since his first round exit at the Australian Open in January, said last month he could possibly play at Wimbledon as he was now pain free after the surgery. This year’s Wimbledon begins on July 1.

Stade Rennes reached the French Cup final as Ramy Bensebaini’s late strike secured a 3-2 win at Olympique Lyonnais on Tuesday. Rennes twice led with goals by Mbaye Niang and Benjamin Andre but Lyon fought back through Bertrand Traore and Moussa Dembele before defender Bensebaini sent the visitors through. Rennes will meet either Paris St Germain or Nantes in the final at the Stade de France on April 27.

* Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain said Tuesday that Neymar will return to training on Wednesday as scheduled for on-pitch tests. Neymar injured his right foot in a French Cup match on January 23, and has been sidelined since then. The club intially expected 10-week recovery for the Brazilian star.

* Leipzig progressed into the semi-finals for the first time in the club's history after beating Augsburg 2-1 in overtime on the late goal from Marcel Halstenberg at the German Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.

* Fulham were relegated from the Premier League after collapsing to a 4-1 defeat at Watford on Tuesday, a result which left them 16 points adrift of the safety zone with five games remaining. They go down with Huddersfield Town, who on Saturday became only the second team to be relegated from the Premier League before the end of March.

* Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso tested McLaren's 2019 car for the first time on Tuesday and declared it a step up on the one he raced last year before leaving the sport. The 37-year-old Spaniard last drove a Formula One car in November but he was at the Bahrain circuit in a tyre testing role as well as to get a feel for the new car and provide feedback.

* Lowly Udinese held AC Milan to a 1-1 draw at San Siro on Tuesday, equalising on the counter-attack from an opposition corner to hand another setback to Gennaro Gattuso's team. Milan are fourth, the lowest of the Champions League slots, with 52 points but with Lazio four behind with two games in hand. Udinese are 15th with 29 points, four clear of the relegation zone.

* Borussia Moenchengladbach and coach Dieter Hecking will go their separate ways at the end of the season, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday, a year before his contract finishes. The 54-year-old Hecking has been in charge since 2016 and his contract at Gladbach ran to 2020.

* Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to start one of the London club's next two Premier League matches, against Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United, manager Maurizio Sarri said on Tuesday. Hudson-Odoi received his first England start in last month's international break, but he has yet to start a league game under Sarri, making six appearances as a substitute.

* Mick Schumacher, son of seven-times world champion Michael, made his Formula One test debut for Ferrari in Bahrain on Tuesday and lapped second fastest behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen. On a surprisingly wet day at the same track where his father won the first grand prix in the Middle East with Ferrari 15 years ago, Schumacher was 0.597 seconds slower than the 21-year-old Dutchman.

Reuters, Xinhua