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September 13, 2018 8:18 AM Mario Balotelli has a lot of work to do on fitness

Mario Balotelli "still has a lot of work to do" to get back to peak fitness, Nice coach Patrick Vieira has said. Vieira had urged Nice to help Balotelli fulfill his desire to leave in the summer after the striker returned to preseason training late. L'Equipe reported that Balotelli had weighed 100 kilograms, 12kg above his optimal weight, when he returned 79

September 12, 2018 2:00 AM U.S. Open Champ Naomi Osaka Says Nicki Minaj and Eminem Helped Her Win Her First Grand Slam

When it comes to her pre-game playlist, Naomi Osaka is superstitious about her music. Before defeating her childhood hero Serena Williams on Saturday during the U.S. Open Women’s Finals and becoming the first-ever Japanese Grand Slam champion, the 20-year-old athlete was listening to her favorite music on repeat. “I listened to Nicki Minaj‘s new album 70

September 8, 2018 4:44 PM Stuart Baxter now under pressure for Seychelles matches

South Africa coach Stuart Baxter must get six points from matches against Seychelles after admitting his side let themselves down in their goalless draw with Libya in Durban. After the African Nations Cup qualifier at Moses Mabhida Stadium, which leaves South Africa on four points after two matches, the country's football association president appeared 63

September 7, 2018 2:35 PM Naomi Osaka Faces Her Idol, Serena Williams, in U.S. Open Final

One does not need to watch the 20-year-old Osaka for long to see a young version of the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is back in the U.S. Open women’s final. Across the net on Saturday, she’ll face a rising star who grew up idolizing her. Williams and Naomi Osaka both won their semifinal matches in convincing style Thursday evening. After 33

September 4, 2018 2:25 PM Liverpool's Adam Lallana leaves England squad with groin injury

Adam Lallana has been forced to withdraw from the England squad and return to Liverpool because of an issue with his groin. England have said Lallana pulled out of a training session on Tuesday morning and requires further assessment. The midfielder is back with Liverpool and will miss England's upcoming matches with Spain in the UEFA Nations League 231

September 3, 2018 3:08 PM Big names and young guns turn up the heat at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Big names and up-and-comers were set to clash at the U.S. Open on Monday as soaring temperatures led tournament officials to bring the heat rule back into effect. The measure to allow breaks in matches was implemented for three days last week as the players battled sopping humidity and scorching heat. Temperatures were forecast to hit up to 90 degrees 85

September 2, 2018 2:31 PM Australia to face Chile twice at home in prep for Women's World Cup

The Matildas will return to action on home soil in November with matches against Chile in Penrith and Newcastle. Alen Stajcic's side will hope for bumper crowds as they face the world's No. 39 side as part of their preparations for next June's World Cup in France. "Chile are an emerging nation in international women's football and have qualified for next year's 48

September 2, 2018 8:58 AM Bayern Munich's Niko Kovac on Stuttgart win: 'That looked really good'

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac said he was delighted with the team's 3-0 win at Stuttgart. New signing Leon Goretzka got his first goal for the club, before Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller completed the scoring. "That looked really good, I'd like to congratulate my team on it," Kovac told the club's website. "I'm fully satisfied. "All four of our competitive 78

September 1, 2018 2:19 PM Justin Meram winner helps Columbus Crew edge New York City FC

Justin Meram scored the winner early in the second half as the Columbus Crew SC rallied for a 2-1 win over New York City FC at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus (43 points) has four wins and a tie in its past six matches to move to within five points of NYCFC (48 points) for third place in the Eastern Conference. After Ismael Tajouri-Shradi 46

September 1, 2018 9:47 AM SuperSport United win at Kaizer Chiefs to reach MTN8 final

SuperSport United went away to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday and won 1-0 in the second leg of the MTN8 semifinal at Soccer City to book a place in the final at the end of the month. Bradley Grobler, who scored twice in the 2-2 draw in the first leg last Sunday, got the only goal of the return as SuperSport won 3-2 on aggregate and stayed on track to defend 43