Hypersofts dominate Formula 1 teams’ Mexican Grand Prix tyre choice

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Konta overcomes Belgium’s Mertens in Kremlin Cup

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Game Wrap: Brewers defeat Dodgers, lead NLCS 2-1

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Mason Crosby hits FG as time expires to help Packers top 49ers

A pick, a penalty and a game-winning kick. Quite a final minute for the Green Bay Packers. Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap an 81-yard drive set up by Kevin King’s interception with 1:07 left, and the Packers outlasted the San Francisco 49ers for a 33-30 win on Monday night. The final drive was extended after 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was called for an illegal contact penalty on third-and-15 that wiped out a sack of Rodgers with 43 seconds left. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers rushed up the middle for a 21-yard gain on the next

Brewers blank Dodgers to retake NLCS lead

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Kyle Larson’s speed at Talladega NASCAR Cup race ’embarrassing’

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Red Sox ace Chris Sale released from hospital, will rejoin team for Game 3

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale was released from the hospital Monday and will rejoin the team in Houston before Game 3 of the AL Championship Series. Sale was released from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had gone because of a stomach illness after he pitched in the series opener. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation. Manager Alex Cora said “everything is fine” and Sale would be back with the team before Game 3 on Tuesday. When asked about Sale’s status for the rest of the ALCS, Cora said he wanted to see the pitcher first before making that

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, owner of NFL’s Seahawks and NBA’s Blazers, dead at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the man who persuaded school-friend Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to start what became the world’s biggest software company, died on Monday at the age of 65, his family said. Allen left Microsoft in 1983, before the company became a corporate juggernaut, following a dispute with Gates, but his share of their original partnership allowed him to spend the rest of his life and billions of dollars on yachts, art, rock music, sports teams, brain research and real estate. Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, the Allen family said

Changing of the guard as Scott Arfield takes over as Canada soccer captain

A changing of the guard is under way with the Canadian men’s soccer team with Scott Arfield taking over as permanent captain from Atiba Hutchinson. Health permitting, Arfield will lead out the 79th-ranked Canadians against No. 177 Dominica in CONCACAF Nation League qualifying play Tuesday at BMO Field. The Glasgow Rangers midfielder also wore the captain’s armband for last month’s 8-0 win over the U.S. Virgin Islands. Arfield, who left practice early Sunday as a precautionary move with a minor knock, has won 13 caps for Canada since making his debut in March 2016. The 35-year-old Hutchinson, arguably Canada’s best

Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko banned from tennis for life for match fixing

Ukrainian twins Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko have been banned from tennis for life and each fined $250,000 (£190,018) for match fixing. The pair were found guilty of multiple match-fixing offences at a number of ITF Futures tournaments between June 2015 and January 2016. They also arranged for another person to bet on matches which they contrived the result. The case was based on an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit. The match-fixing offences occurred at tournaments in Romania, Russia, Germany and Turkey on the Futures tour, tennis’ third-tier of tournaments. Vadim Alekseenko is 1,113th in the ATP rankings, having reached

Champions League: Madrid struggling to score in post-Ronaldo era

Real Madrid is having trouble scoring with Cristiano Ronaldo no longer on the team. His new club, Juventus, did just fine without him on Tuesday.

For the first time in more than a decade, Madrid has gone three straight games without a goal after losing 1-0 at CSKA Moscow in an early setback to the Spanish club’s title defence in the Champions League.

Madrid is running into some problems in the post-Ronaldo era, having won only two of its last six games in all competitions. They arrived at Luzhniki stadium — where Spain lost to Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup — having also failed to score in its last two Spanish league games.

Not since January 2007 has Madrid gone scoreless in three consecutive games.

Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Madrid in a deal worth 112 million euros ($131.5 million US) this off-season, was missing for the Italian champions for their match against Young Boys after his sending-off against Valencia in the opening round of group play.

Paulo Dybala stepped up in the Portuguese star’s absence by scoring a hat trick in a 3-0 win to put Juventus top of its group.

Another of Ronaldo’s former clubs is struggling, too. Manchester United’s bus got stuck in traffic — leading to a delayed kickoff against Valencia — and the team never got going on the field either in a dull 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.

The stalemate comes after a week when United lost at home to second-tier opposition in an English League Cup game and to West Ham in the Premier League.

CSKA’s winning goal against Madrid came after 65 seconds, but it wasn’t the quickest strike of the night. Hoffenheim scored even earlier — after 44 seconds, to be precise — against Manchester City, which fought back to win 2-1 and revive its Champions League challenge after opening with a loss.

Early goals

Madrid and Man City, two of the main contenders for the top prize in European club soccer, were handed early wake-up calls and only one managed to react.

Nikola Vlasic intercepted a stray pass from Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos to score what proved to be the winner for CSKA. Madrid struck the goal frame on three occasions but couldn’t find an equalizer on a night the titleholders were without the rested Sergio Ramos, the injured Gareth Bale (thigh) and Marcelo (calf), and also Francisco “Isco” Alarcon after he underwent surgery for appendicitis last week.

With Roma beating Viktoria Plzen 5-0 on the back of Edin Dzeko’s hat trick in the other game in Group G, CSKA is the surprise leader on four points ahead of Madrid and Roma on three each.

The pressure was on City after its 2-1 home loss to Lyon in the opening round of Group F and it got worse for the English champions when Ishak Belfodil scored inside the first minute for Hoffenheim.

City hit back quickly through Sergio Aguero’s equalizer but left it late for the winner, David Silva showing speed of thought to pounce on a loose ball ahead of defender Stefan Posch and shoot home low in the 87th.

Lyon produced a brilliant comeback to recover from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Shakhtar Donetsk at home. It was just a pity no one was there to see it.

As a punishment for the crowd disorder and racism that marred their run in the Europa League last season, Lyon was playing its opening home game in the group stage in an empty Groupama Stadium.

Lyon leads on four points, one more than City.

Late arrival

After its city rival left it late, Manchester United turned up late. Coach Jose Mourinho said police refused to give the team bus an escort from its hotel to Old Trafford for its match against Valencia.

“We left the hotel at 6 o’clock, hopeful that 30 minutes would be enough, which it normally is,” Mourinho said. “The police refused to do an escort so we came by ourselves. It took 75 minutes.”

Heavy traffic was the earlier official reason given by UEFA, meaning kickoff was put back by five minutes.

A late rally on the field failed to yield a goal that would have secured a second straight win for United in Group H and it proved to be another frustrating night for Mourinho, who is under some pressure after United’s underwhelming start to the season. United is in second place on four points, two behind Juventus which heads to Old Trafford for the teams’ third match in three weeks.

Dybala scored in the fifth, 33rd and 69th minutes against Young Boys. Ronaldo was watching from the stands after getting his first red card in the competition in the previous round.

Bayern wobbling

Bayern Munich extended its winless run to three games in all competitions by drawing 1-1 at home to Ajax.

Noussair Mazraoui scored for Ajax after Mats Hummels headed Bayern into an early lead, and the German side was fortunate to secure a point after Lasse Schone rattled the crossbar in injury time.

Bayern’s poor run has come after the team won its first seven games of the season across all competitions.

Bayern and Ajax have four points. Benfica is one behind after beating AEK Athens 3-2.

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