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Nice-Marseille football game rescheduled for October 27
PARIS, Sep 14: The football game between Nice and Marseille that was abandoned last month because of fan violence has been rescheduled for Oct. 27, the French league said Monday. Nice was handed a two-point penalty, with one suspended, following the incidents. The game was abandoned with 15 minutes left after home fans threw projectiles and invaded the field. It will be replayed at a neutral site and without fans. The league said a venue for the game has yet to be found. (AP)

Ibrahimovic out of AC Milan’s UCL opener against Liverpool
milan, Sep 14: AC Milan will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic for their Champions League opener against Liverpool on Wednesday. The 39-year-old striker suffered an inflammation to his Achilles tendon after his comeback match against Lazio on Sunday, following a four-month injury layoff. “Zlatan would have started in the match, but he has a tendon inflammation. It can happen after four months out, he was feeling well after the last match, perhaps the pitch at San Siro bothered him a bit,” Stefano Pioli, AC Milan head coach said. (AP)

A-League defender Mrcela joins SC East Bengal
Kolkata, Sep 14: Beefing up their defence, SC East Bengal have roped in former Perth Glory star defender and Australian centre-back Tomislav Mrcela for the upcoming Indian Super League 2021-22 season, the club said on Tuesday. Tomislav is SC East Bengal head coach Manuel ‘Manolo’ Diaz’s second foreign signing. Tomislav had joined Perth Glory in 2018 on a two-year contract. During his stay at the A-League club, he won the A-League premiership. (PTI)

Jamshedpur FC sign Greg Stewart from Scottish champs Rangers
Jamshedpur, Sep 14: Jamshedpur FC have signed midfielder Greg Stewart from the Scottish Premiership champion Rangers for the upcoming season. The attacking midfielder is freshly arriving from a Rangers squad that went the entire 20-21 season unbeaten on its way to win the Scottish top division. This campaign was under the tutelage of former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. Before spending two seasons at Rangers, the 31-year-old played for various clubs across Scotland and England. (IANS)

Pele recovering, set to leave intensive care
Rio de Janeiro, Sep 14: The eldest daughter of Brazilian football legend Pele has said that her father is expected to move out of intensive care this week as he recovers from surgery to remove a tumour from his colon. The 80-year-old underwent the procedure at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital on September 4 after the tumour was found during routine tests. Pele has battled health problems in recent years, including complications related to hip replacement surgery as well as kidney and prostate conditions. (IANS)

Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott has surgery on broken ankle
LIVERPOOL, Sep 14: Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott had surgery on his broken left ankle on Tuesday. The 18-year-old Elliott was hurt following a challenge by Leeds defender Pascal Struijk and was carried off on a stretcher during the 3-0 win in the Premier League on Sunday. “I spoke to him the night after the game and he was in the best possible place at that moment,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. Elliott received oxygen as he was taken off the field at Elland Road. (AP)

German football player banned 8 weeks for racist abuse
frankfurt, Sep 14: German football player Dennis Erdmann was found to have racially abused opposing players during a third division game and banned for eight weeks after a disciplinary hearing. Players from Magdeburg accused Erdmann of using racist insults when he played against them for Saarbrücken last month. “The (German football federation) does not tolerate any form of racism and discrimination on its fields and is sending a clear message here,” said Stephan Oberholz, who chaired the hearing. “Therefore a severe penalty had to be imposed.” (AP)

Bengaluru FC sign Iranian midfielder Iman Basafa
Bengaluru, Sep 14: Bengaluru FC on Tuesday announced they have signed Iranian midfielder Iman Basafa for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League. The 29-year-old signed a contract that will run until the end of the 2021-22 season. Basafa, who most recently represented Machine Sazi in the Persian Gulf Pro League, is Bengaluru FC’s 10th signing of the summer. He has represented his national side at the U17, U20 and U23 levels. (PTI)

Raducanu makes massive jump of 127 spots in WTA rankings
New York, Sep 14: US Open champion Emma Raducanu of Great Britain, who defeated Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the last Grand Slam of the year, has jumped 127 spots in this week’s WTA Rankings, moving from No.150 to No.23. Raducanu started the year at No.345, but her ranking has been on a rapid climb in the past three months. The teenager has won 21 of her past 25 matches. After reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon as a wildcard, Raducanu’s ranking improved from No.338 to No.179. (IANS)

Sedykh, hammer world record holder, passes away at 66
Moscow, Sep 14: Yuriy Sedykh, a two-time Olympic champion in the hammer throw whose world record from 1986 still stands, has died. He was 66. The Russian track and field federation said Sedykh died early Tuesday following a heart attack. Sedykh won gold at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. He returned to win a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and won a world title in 1991. Sedykh threw a world record 86.74 meters at the European Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. (AP)

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