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United held by Arsenal as both struggle to shine

Tuesday, 2019-10-01 09:01:10
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Arsenal - Old Trafford, Manchester, UK - September 30, 2019 Manchester United's Scott McTominay heads the ball at goal. (Reuters)
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Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal on Monday in a Premier League game which was a poor imitation of some of the past classic clashes between the rival clubs.

* Former US Open champion Marin Cilic mowed down local favourite Yuichi Sugita 6-4 6-4 on Monday (Sep 30) to reach the second round of the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.

* German second seed Alexander Zverev carried his Laver Cup winning form into the China Open as he sailed into the second round with a 6-3 6-2 victory over wildcard Frances Tiafoe in Beijing on Monday.

* Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova upset sixth seed Simona Halep in straight sets in the second round of the China Open on Monday (Sep 30), recording a 6-2 6-3 win in Beijing for her first top-10 victory of the season.

* ESPN+, Walt Disney Co’s sports video streaming service, will be the US home for the Bundesliga from next season until the 2026 World Cup after it acquired the rights for the German top league for a six-year period, the Bundesliga and ESPN+ said on Monday (Sep 30).

* West Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will be out of action for at least two to three months after tearing a hip muscle in the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth over the weekend, British media reported on Monday.

* Cardiff City must pay Nantes six million euros, the sum agreed as the first instalment for the transfer of Emiliano Sala who died in a plane crash on his way to the Welsh club, FIFA said on Monday (Sep 30).

* Uganda named Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry as their new coach on Monday, giving him a three-year contract. It is the third national team job for the 34-year-old from Lisburn, who was Sierra Leone’s coach in 2013, at the age of 27, and also had a spell with Rwanda.

* Norway's Karsten Warholm retained his 400m hurdles World Championship crown with a barnstorming victory in Doha on Monday (Sep 30) as Russia's Mariya Lasitskene completed a superb high jump hat-trick.

* Ethiopia's Muktar Edris won a thrilling battle over the last 200 metres to retain his title in the 5,000 metres at the world athletics championships on Monday.

* Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech stormed away from the field to win the 3,000 metres women’s steeplechase gold medal at the world athletics championships on Monday, making amends for a mistake that cost her a place on the podium two years ago.

Reuters, CNA