Reuters Sports News Summary

The club declined to comment when contacted by Reuters about the identity of the players but French sports daily L’Equipe reported Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes tested positive after returning from Ibiza. With no fans to cheer her on, Serena Williams was left to push herself to a record-breaking straight-sets victory in the first round of the U.S….

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Soccer: Three PSG players test positive for COVID-19

Three Paris St Germain players have tested positive forCOVID-19, the Ligue 1 club said on Wednesday. The club declinedto comment when contacted by Reuters about the identity of theplayers but French sports daily L’Equipe reported Neymar, AngelDi Maria and Leandro Paredes tested positive after returningfrom Ibiza.

With no fans at US Open, Serena cheers herself to victory

With no fans to cheer her on, Serena Williams was left topush herself to a record-breaking straight-sets victory in thefirst round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday. The six-time championdid not need the help of a fan-filled Arthur Ashe Stadium toprovide a lift during her 7-5 6-4 win over the 96th rankedKristie Ahn.

Penalty costs Alaphilippe yellow as Van Aert wins easy stage

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe lost the overall lead in theTour de France to Briton Adam Yates after being handed a20-second penalty for illegal feeding at the end of stage five,won by Belgian Wouth van Aert on Wednesday. Van Aert was fastestin the sprint at the end of the 183km ride from Gap thatfeatured no breakaway, an almost unprecedented scenario innormal racing conditions in the modern era.

NBA legend Michael Jordan bets on DraftKings, will adviseboard; shares jump

DraftKings Inc said on Wednesday basketball legend MichaelJordan will take an undisclosed equity stake in the fantasysports and gambling company and join its board as a specialadvisor. Shares of the company rose nearly 6% to $39.07 inmorning trading.

Froome and Thomas to ride Tirreno-Adriatico

Former Tour de France winners Chris Froome and GeraintThomas will take part in the Tirreno-Adriatico this month,organisers of the rescheduled event said on Wednesday. Both wereleft out of Ineos Grenadiers team for this year’s Tour afterstruggling for form.

MLB roundup: Dickerson leads Giants’ 23-3 onslaught vs.Rockies

Alex Dickerson had three home runs among his five hits andadded six RBIs, and Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano alsodrove in six runs each to lead the San Francisco Giants to a23-5 win over the Colorado Rockies in Denver on Tuesday night.Dickerson tied Willie Mays’ modern-day franchise record fortotal bases in a game with 16, as he added two doubles to hishomer haul.

‘Virtual London Marathon’ sells out as 45,000 sign up to runalone

More than 45,000 people have signed up to run the first”virtual” London Marathon in October after the actual race,already postponed from April, was cancelled last month due tothe risk of coronavirus spread. A multi-lap elite race,headlined by Kenyan world record holders Eliud Kipchoge andBrigid Kosgei, will take place on a closed course in a centralLondon park on Oct. 4 but, along with the rest of the world’smajor races, the mass participation event was called off.

Team Ineos are off their game, says rival boss Vaughters

Team Ineos lack their usual strength and will not be able tocontrol the Tour de France as they usually do, rival teammanager Jonathan Vaughters said on Wednesday. The Britishoutfit, formerly Team Sky, have dominated the Tour de France inthe past decade, winning seven of the last eight editions withChris Froome taking four GC titles.

Pella hits out at U.S. Open organisers over COVID-19protocols

Argentina’s Guido Pella has slammed the United States TennisAssociation (USTA) over Benoit Paire’s positive COVID-19 testbefore the U.S. Open, saying the organisers of the Grand Slamapplied health protocols differently in the Frenchman’s case.Tournament organisers refused to divulge the identity of theplayer but Paire, who was removed from the draw on Sunday, laterconfirmed on social media that he had tested positive.

It will be difficult for Messi to remain with Barcelona,says his father

It will be difficult for Lionel Messi to remain at Barcelonaafter he made public his desire to leave the Spanish club, hisfather and agent Jorge Messi said on Wednesday as he arrived inthe city to negotiate his son’s future. After flying in on aprivate jet, Jorge Messi is expected to meet club presidentJosep Maria Bartomeu later on Wednesday to discuss his son’sfuture, Spanish media reported.

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