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Tennis: Nadal delighted at return to No. 1, sorry Federer out

CINCINNATI  – Rafael Nadal was thrilled Monday to learn he would return to world number one for the first time in three years but sorry it came because Roger Federer withdrew from this week’s ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament. Third-ranked Federer said he injured his back in Montreal, where he lost ...

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Football: Ronaldo handed five-match ban for ref push

MADRID  – Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent off in Real Madrid s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona. The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban for ...

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Tennis: Pliskova, Halep lead five-woman fight for No. 1

CINCINNATI – With sidelined Serena Williams about to have a baby, five players have a chance to grab the world number one ranking at this week s US Open tuneup event in Cincinnati. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion who announced her pregnancy and the end of her season in April, ...

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Federer withdraws from Cincinnati

CINCINNATI  – Rafael Nadal was assured a return to world number one for the first time since July of 2014 on Monday when 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer withdrew from this week s ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament. Federer said he injured his back in Montreal, where he lost in the ...

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Football: Ronaldo sent off, but Real roll over Barca

BARCELONA  – Cristiano Ronaldo scored and was sent off as Real Madrid beat a Barcelona side missing Neymar by winning 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. Ronaldo, only introduced as a second-half substitute, was shown two quickfire yellow cards after blasting Madrid into a ...

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Football: Neymar on mark on victorious PSG debut

PARIS  – Neymar wasted no time in making an impact on the field for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 win at Guingamp on Sunday. The Brazilian world record signing was handed a start by coach Unai Emery for the game in Brittany, two days after international ...

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Tennis: Zverev stuns Federer to win Montreal Masters

MONTREAL  – Alexander Zverev shocked second seed Roger Federer in straight sets in the Montreal Masters final to win his fifth title of the season and announce himself as an emerging star for the US Open. The 20-year-old German used his booming serve to overpower Federer 6-3, 6-4 Sunday as ...

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Tennis: Svitolina destroys Wozniacki in WTA Toronto final

TORONTO  – Elina Svitolina crushed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 to win the Toronto WTA trophy on Sunday, capturing her fifth title of 2017 and her second final of the season over the former world number one. Fifth seed Svitolina, of the Ukraine, needed just 77 minutes to beat Wozniacki, blasting ...

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