Martial tips Man United team mate Pogba to win Ballon d'Or soon

(Reuters) - Manchester United's Paul Pogba is the world's best midfield player and has the potential to win the Ballon d'Or in the next five years, the Frenchman's club and national team mate Anthony Martial has said.

Pogba, who rejoined United from Juventus in 2016, scored five goals and provided four assists in 30 Premier League appearances last campaign.

Chinese Super League plots foray into online soccer games with deal

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top-flight soccer league has signed a deal with a local developer to produce online soccer games in its first foray into gaming as it searches for new sources of revenue.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) said on Monday that it had signed a six-year partnership with Beijing-based developer Crazy Sports to develop soccer-related games based on 16 CSL teams and the league through 2022.

Cricket: Pakistan set to host World XI next month

(Reuters) - After playing most of their home games in the United Arab Emirates due to security concerns over the last eight years, Pakistan hope hosting a series against a World XI next month will help cement the return of international cricket to the country.

Barring a short visit by Zimbabwe two years ago, Pakistan has been starved of international cricket since 2009 when gunmen attacked a bus carrying Sri Lankan players in Lahore, wounding six players and killing six security staff and two civilians.

SANZAAR looking into possible Williams concussion miss: report

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Southern hemisphere rugby's governing body (SANZAAR) is looking into whether medical officials should have conducted concussion tests on New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams during Saturday's Rugby Championship opener against Australia.

The 32-year-old stumbled badly after making a tackle early in the All Blacks' 54-34 victory in Sydney. He appeared disorientated then was involved in two more heavy collisions before play stopped.

Gayle, Samuels return to Windies squad for England ODIs

(Reuters) - There was some rare good news for West Indies cricket when Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels were included in the one-day squad for next month's series against England on Monday.

Batsman Gayle, one of the biggest drawcards in world cricket, has not represented West Indies since the 2015 World Cup, while Samuels has been absent for a year because of a dispute with the board.

McGregor win would be 'dreadful' for boxing, says Horn

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Jeff Horn has given Conor McGregor little chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in Saturday's super-fight and hopes the American will "annihilate" the mixed martial arts fighter for the sake of boxing.

Horn, who became WBO welterweight champion by beating 38-year-old Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane last month, said McGregor would struggle to even land a punch on the undefeated American.

Guardiola left frustrated after City's missed chances

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - It was a familiar tale for Manchester City -- waves of attacks, relentless pressure but missed chances meant Pep Guardiola's side needed an 82nd minute equaliser from Raheem Sterling to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Everton.

In City's defence, they had to play the entire second half with 10 men after full-back Kyle Walker was shown a red card on the stroke of halftime.

Rooney joins the 200 club and shows he isn't done yet

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal in Everton's 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Monday and gave another display which showed his career is far from over.

Rooney's 35th minute goal looked to have earned Everton a surprise victory at the Etihad Stadium before substitute Raheem Sterling volleyed in an 82nd minute equaliser.

Athletics - American distance runner Flanagan gets silver medal from 2008 Olympics

(Reuters) - Distance runner Shalane Flanagan received her 2008 Olympic silver medal on Monday after the Turkish runner who finished ahead of her tested positive for a performance enhancing drug, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Track & Field said.

Flanagan was the bronze medallist in the 10,000 metres at the Beijing Games until second-placed finisher Elvan Abeylegesse was disqualified in March after a re-test of a 2007 sample showed positive for the banned steroid stanozolol.

Sterling stunner for City cancels out Rooney opener

Aug 21 (Reuters) - MANCHESTER CITY 1 EVERTON 1

Raheem Sterling's fierce 82nd-minute volley saved 10-man Manchester City from defeat as they drew 1-1 at home to Everton on Monday after Wayne Rooney had put the visitors ahead at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s City had been forced to play the entire second half with a man down after Kyle Walker was sent off for a second yellow card on the stroke of halftime.

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