Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Semi Final - England v Denmark - Wembley Stadium, London, UK - July 7, 2021 England's Raheem Sterling celebrates after the match. (Photo: Reuters)
Five players from champions Italy and three from runners-up England were named in the Euro 2020 team of the tournament announced by European soccer's governing body UEFA on Tuesday (Jul 13).
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma - who was named the Player of the tournament - along with defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Leonardo Spinazzola, midfielder Jorginho and winger Federico Chiesa were all selected in the line-up. England right back Kyle Walker, centre back Harry Maguire and forward Raheem Sterling were also included in the team of the tournament.
* Karolina Pliskova's run to the Wimbledon final has lifted the Czech 15 spots to number five on the leaderboard for the season-ending WTA Finals, the WTA Tour said. The 29-year-old former world number one, who was 20th in the Race to Shenzhen before the grass court Grand Slam, collected 1,300 points and was the biggest mover of the week.
* Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics after a positive test for COVID-19 affected her preparations, the British number one said on Tuesday. Konta was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon a day before the Grand Slam after a member of her team tested positive for COVID-19. But the 30-year-old said she also developed symptoms while self-isolating before testing positive for the virus.
* Roger Federer has withdrawn from the July 23-Aug. 8 Tokyo Olympics after picking up a knee injury during the grasscourt season, the Swiss said on Tuesday. Federer, who turns 40 next month, had two knee surgeries in 2020 which resulted in more than a year of rehabilitation.
* Three-time world champion Peter Sagan has withdrawn from the Olympic road race after needing surgery following an injury sustained at the Tour de France, the Slovakian Olympic Committee confirmed on Tuesday.
* Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will miss the start of the upcoming Premier League season after deciding to have surgery on a shoulder injury, the BBC reported on Tuesday. The 23-year-old, who was part of England's Euro 2020 squad, is expected to be out for around 12 weeks, which will hamper manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's preparation and start to the new campaign.
* Austrian Patrick Konrad won a hilly stage 16 of the Tour de France on Tuesday (Jul 13) after joining an early breakaway and then attacking solo from 38km out on a rainy run through the Pyrenees.
* Serie A side AS Roma have signed goalkeeper Rui Patricio from Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers, the two clubs said on Tuesday, with the Italian club paying an initial fee of EUR11.5 million (US$13.54 million).
* Trayvon Bromell underlined his position as the favourite for the Olympic Games 100 metres when he delivered a dominant gun to tape performance to win in 9.98 seconds at the final Diamond League meeting before Tokyo on Tuesday. Bromell, winner of the US trials and the fastest in the world this year with 9.77, will be seeking to reclaim the Olympic crown for the U.S. after 13 years in the possession of Usain Bolt.
* Norwich City have signed French midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou on a three-year contract from Ligue 1 team Nice, the newly-promoted Premier League club said on Tuesday. It did not disclose the financial details of the transfer but British media reported that Norwich had paid around 3.5 million pounds (US$4.85 million) for the 28-year-old.
* The Republic of Korea Olympic football squad drew 2-2 against Argentina on Tuesday (Jul 13) after they netted an injury-time equaliser in a friendly match in front of empty seats. The match held in Yongin, south of Seoul, was one of two tune-up matches this week ahead of the Tokyo Olympics set to begin next week.
* US online giant Amazon said on Tuesday that more than 300 exclusive Ligue 1 Uber Eats soccer matches will be broadcast through its new channel Prime Video Ligue 1 and be available to Prime members in France for 12.99 euros per month from next month.
* Canada will send a team of 371 athletes to the Tokyo Olympics that, despite COVID-19 challenges and concerns, will be the country's largest Olympic contingent since the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said on Tuesday that 225 members of the team will be athletes that identify as women and 146 who identify as men.
* UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings and charged England's Football Association (FA) for disturbances during Sunday's Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley, Europe's soccer governing body said on Tuesday.
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