Below is a summary of current sports news items.
Autosport Ricciardo returns to Red Bull as F1 test and third driver
Australian Daniel Ricciardo will be Red Bull’s test driver and third driver for next season, the championship-winning Formula 1 team said on Wednesday. Ricciardo raced for Red Bull from 2014 to the end of 2018 after two years with sister team Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) and returns from McLaren where he struggled to match teammate Lando Norris.
Football – Where is Cristiano Ronaldo going now? Options for former Manchester United player
Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United on Tuesday after a controversial interview in which he said he had no respect for manager Erik ten Hag. What is his next move now that the January transfer window has ended? WHAT DID RONALDO SAY?
Analysis – The owners of Manchester United see an escape hatch in the tree of a football club deal
A sale of Manchester United Plc could provide the football club’s controlling shareholders, the Glazer family, with a lucrative exit from an investment that has languished over the past decade and has drawn the wrath of millions of football fans. Deals for European football clubs this year, starting with Russia’s oligarch Roman Abramovich’s sanctions-driven sale of Chelsea Football Club in May, have brought in top dollars.
Soccer US team leaves Thanksgiving to focus on England
Matt Turner’s Thanksgiving usually includes a turkey dinner and all the trimmings with his family in Park Ridge, New Jersey, but this year will be a little different. While the United States is at a standstill on Thursday, goalkeeper Turner and his American teammates are busy preparing for their confrontation with England at the World Cup in Qatar.
NBA round: Jayson Tatum leads Celtics past Mavs
Jayson Tatum’s injured ankle looked good Wednesday night as he scored a team-high 37 points and brought down 13 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics begin a six-game homestand with a 125-112 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Tatum was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report Wednesday with a sprained left ankle, but Boston coach Joe Mazzulla made him available before the game. Tatum injured his ankle when he landed on DeMar DeRozan’s foot during Monday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls.
NHL Summary: Leafs halt Devils winning streak after 13 games
Matt Murray made 34 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs took advantage of three disallowed New Jersey goals to hold on for a 2-1 victory over the Devils, whose 13-game winning streak, which tied a team high, ended Wednesday night in Newark, NJ John Tavares and rookie Pontus Holmberg scored in a 2:22 window of the first period as the Maple Leafs handed New Jersey its first loss since October 24.
Tennis Croatia defeated hosts Spain 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Davis Cup
Two-time champions Croatia reached the last four of the Davis Cup Finals for the sixth time on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over hosts Spain in Malaga. Marin Cilic picked up the winning run for Croatia with a 5-7 6-3 7-6(5) victory over Pablo Carreno Busta after Borna Coric had previously put his side ahead with a 6-4 7-6(4) win over Roberto Bautista Agut.
Soccer-Beautiful Spain join World Cup 100 club in 7-0 defeat in Costa Rica
Former champions Spain got off to a flying start to the World Cup with a record 7-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Wednesday as a brace from Ferran Torres and a lavish attack from Gavi took them past 100 goals in football’s showpiece. The European giants left their mark on a Group E stunned by Japan’s 2-1 victory over Germany, with Spain attacking relentlessly against a chaotic Costa Rican side that gave Luis Enrique’s team time and space to take a chance to take advantage of opportunity.
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Football Belgium fails to shoot in an unconvincing victory over Canada
Michy Batshuayi scored and Thibaut Courtois saved a penalty as a lackluster Belgium opened their World Cup campaign on Wednesday with a sloppy 1-0 victory over an energetic Canadian side returning to the finals for the first time in 36 years. Batshuayi led the Belgium attack in the absence of injured talisman Romelu Lukaku and scored on the stroke of half-time against the run of play to put the Red Devils ahead in Group F over Morocco and Croatia, who previously drew 0-0.
(With input from agencies.)