Cardiff, Wolves and Ipswich lead the way in the Championship

LONDON (Reuters) - Cardiff City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town all won on Tuesday to maintain 100 percent starts to the season in England's second-tier Championship.

Cardiff, who are top on goal difference, beat Sheffield United 2-0 for their third straight victory with goals either side of the break by Sean Morrison and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Liverpool survive missed penalty to win in Hoffenheim

BERNE (Reuters) - Teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold curled in a magnificent free kick on his European debut to set Liverpool on the way to a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim which put them on the brink of Champions League group stage place on Tuesday.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved an early penalty and James Milner's shot was deflected into his own net by Havard Nordtveit for the English Premier League side's second goal in an end-to-end match.

Venus overpowers Riske at Cincinnati Masters

(Reuters) - Ninth-seeded Venus Williams used her powerful serve and pinpoint shot making to defeat fellow American Alison Riske 6-2 6-0 in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday.

Riske put a volley wide to end a seven-minute game and hand the first set to Williams on a sunny day on centre court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

An early break in the second set put the 37-year-old Williams in complete control and she cruised to victory.

Injured Barcelona skipper Iniesta to miss Super Cup return

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will miss their Spanish Super Cup second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday after suffering a thigh injury.

Barcelona said captain Iniesta would miss the match after he was not able to train with his team mates on Tuesday ahead of the encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the Catalans will look to overturn a 3-1 deficit.

Everton agree deal for Swansea's Sigurdsson - reports

(Reuters) - Everton have agreed a deal to sign Swansea City's Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee of about 45 million pounds, British media reported on Tuesday.

Sigurdsson, 27, played a key part in Swansea avoiding relegation last season, scoring nine goals while his 13 assists was the third best total in the Premier League.

The BBC reported that Sigurdsson would have a medical at Swansea's fellow top-flight club Everton on Wednesday.

Del Potro, Kyrgios advance, Raonic withdraws in Cincinnati

(Reuters) - Juan Martin del Potro and Nick Kyrgios took positive steps in their U.S. Open preparation by ousting seeded opponents to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday.

Former U.S. Open champion del Potro beat 10th-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 3-6 7-6(1) 6-0, while Kyrgios opened with a 6-2 6-3 dismissal of ninth seed David Goffin of Belgium in the Cincinnati heat.

West Bromwich sign midfielder Barry from Everton

LONDON (Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion have signed former England midfielder Gareth Barry on a one-year deal from Premier League rivals Everton, the Midlands club announced on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, who has also played for Aston Villa and Manchester City, moved for an undisclosed fee having turned down the chance to extend his four-year stay at Everton.

He is five games from breaking ex-Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs' record 632 Premier League appearances.

Barca's Busquets defends Pique after Segura criticism

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets hit back at the club's general manager Pep Segura on Tuesday, after he blamed Gerard Pique's own goal for causing their 3-1 Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.

Segura claimed Pique's error was "decisive, it changed the game completely", after the defender diverted Marcelo's cross into his own goal to break the deadlock at the Nou Camp in Sunday's first leg.

Last two years have taken heavy toll on Murray, says mum Judy

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The last two years on the relentless ATP Tour have taken their toll on Andy Murray, the three times grand slam champion's mum Judy told Reuters.

Murray, Wimbledon winner in 2013 and 2016, crashed out of the tournament in the quarter-finals this year as a hip injury got the better of him.

He has not played since and is racing to be fit in time for the U.S. Open, where he won his first grand slam title in 2012. The tournament gets underway later this month.

Spurs out to conquer their Wembley hoodoo

LONDON (Reuters) - Many years after Tottenham Hotspur fans sang their famous cup anthem about Ossie Ardiles's knees going all trembly on his way to Wembley, they hope their side overcome similar nerves as the stadium becomes their new home this weekend.

On Sunday Spurs begin a season playing at England's national stadium while their White Hart Lane ground is redeveloped.

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