Burnley sign goalkeeper Lindegaard as cover for injured Heaton

(Reuters) - Burnley have signed Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard until the end of the season following a shoulder injury to first choice Tom Heaton, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Lindegaard was a free agent after being released by Preston North End in May and had been training at the club.

Free agents can be signed by a club at any time during the season if they were released by their previous club before the end of the transfer window.

Napoli striker Mertens finds his ideal role at 30

MILAN (Reuters) - Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri’s only regret over his decision to field Dries Mertens as a striker is that he did not think of it earlier.

Mertens, by nature a winger, has thrived since Sarri redeployed him in the centre-forward role one year ago, turning into one of Europe’s most prolific strikers with a tally of 34 goals in 46 matches in all competitions last season.

Wozniacki keeps title defence alive, Strycova downs Konta

TOKYO (Reuters) - Caroline Wozniacki kept her title defence alive in the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday after eking out a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win over Shelby Rogers to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

The former world number one trailed 3-0 in the decider before securing victory after toiling for more than two hours.

Pulling off an upset seemed on Rogers’ mind as the American fended off three break points in the 10th game to clinch the first set.

Back in Champions League, Man Utd expect to match record revenue

(Reuters) - English soccer club Manchester United said it was likely to maintain revenue around last year’s record level in 2017-18 as it returns to the lucrative European Champions League.

United, whose top players include Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, are currently joint top of the English Premier League and have qualified for the Champions League after winning the second-tier Europa League last season.

Lappartient replaces Cookson as UCI president

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - France’s David Lappartient claimed a landslide victory as he was elected International Cycling Union (UCI) president, replacing incumbent Brian Cookson after the Briton failed to restore the credibility of the sport in his only term.

Lappartient, the European Cycling Union (UEC) president, became the first Frenchman to take charge of the global body since Achille Joinard (1947-57).

Sports-free Swiss economy set for worst performance in eight years

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland’s economy will fall short of 1 percent growth this year, the government forecast on Thursday, the weakest performance in eight years at least partly the result of a lack of global sporting events.

Sluggish growth in the services sector was another factor in the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) downgrade of its full-year growth forecast to 0.9 percent from June’s forecast of 1.4 percent.

Wenger denies sending message to Sanchez with rare Cup start

(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied trying to send a message to Alexis Sanchez by playing him in the League Cup and Europa League and says midweek minutes have helped the Chilean close in on full fitness after an injury disrupted pre-season.

The striker made his first appearance in the League Cup since September 2015 on Wednesday, playing a full 90 minutes for only the second time this season as Arsenal beat third-tier Doncaster Rovers 1-0 at home.

Jockey Club offers 1 million pound Triple Crown bonus

(Reuters) - Britain’s Jockey Club has announced the return of a 1 million pounds Triple Crown bonus for the 2017-18 season.

The Jockey Club, which owns a number of leading racecourses, is offering the windfall if any horse wins the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park in November, the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

“Since we introduced the bonus in 2015-16 it has caught the public’s imagination,” said Jockey Club Chief Executive Paul Fisher.

Manchester United expect to match record revenue in 2017-18

(Reuters) - English soccer club Manchester United said it was likely to maintain revenue around last year’s record level in 2017-18 as it returns to the lucrative European Champions League.

United, whose top players include Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, are currently joint top of the English Premier League and have qualified for the Champions League after winning the second-tier Europa League last season.

Lappartient elected UCI president

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - France’s David Lappartient was elected International Cycling Union (UCI) president on Thursday, beating incumbent Brian Cookson of Britain.

Lappartient, the European Cycling Union (UEC) president, became the first Frenchman to take charge of the global body since Achille Joinard (1947-57).

Lappartient, the French federation president from 2009-2017, won 37 of the 45 votes by the UCI delegates at the governing body’s congress during the road cycling world championships in Bergen, Norway.

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