The Uruguayan was shown a red card with just five minutes remaining of extra-time for cynically hacking down Alvaro Morata as the Atletico striker broke clean through on goal.The incident on the edge of the box sparked a melee involving both sets of players with Atletico furious with the way Valverde had denied them a chance to score a late winner. "It was something that I should not have done.
The world No. 1 fell 6-2 7-6 to Novak Djokovic as Serbia clinched the inaugural team event 2-1.The Spaniard appeared to be irked when he trailed 5-2 in the first set, speaking with the match umpire before giving a sarcastic thumbs up to a noisy section of the crowd. "Honestly the crowd was fantastic every single day but sometimes people from some countries, they probably don't understand how tennis goes,"
The 32-year-old led Serbia to the title in Sydney, Australia -- first by beating old adversary Rafael Nadal and then returning to mop up the decisive doubles alongside Victor Troicki.Djokovic served out the 6-3, 6-4 victory over Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez of Spain in a match that stretched into the early hours of Monday morning in Australia. "I'll remember this experience for the rest of my life as
SYDNEY -- Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal and then went back on court within an hour and won the deciding doubles encounter to secure Serbia's victory over Spain in the inaugural ATP Cup final.Second-ranked Djokovic had a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over No. 1 Nadal on Sunday night to level the final after Roberto Bautista Agut had given Spain a 1-0 lead by beating Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-1 in the
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal mustered all their experience to see Serbia and Spain through to the inaugural ATP Cup finals in Sydney, Australia.The two tennis titans came through testing matches Saturday to once again inspire the hopes of their nations in the new team competition -- and set up their 55th meeting. Djokovic muscled past Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, in a match he described on ATPTour.com as
For the first time, the Spanish Super Cup features four teams rather than two and is contested this week in Jeddah by Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) chief Luis Rubiales struck a deal with Saudi Arabia last year, reportedly worth €120 million ($133M), to host the tournament for three years.It's just the latest in a growing list of sporting events staged in Saudi Arabia,
Chelsea and United States midfielder Christian Pulisic has echoed the comments of former manager Jurgen Klinsmann, stating that the U.S. "had quality" to make a deep run at the 2018 World Cup.The U.S. failed to qualify for the tournament, falling to Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 on the final day of qualifying, with Pulisic netting the only U.S. goal. The defeat ended a hugely inconsistent campaign, one that started off with
Messi, who won his sixth Ballon d'Or last year, came face to face with the youngster as tensions almost boiled over between the two semifinalists.Portuguese sensation Felix, compared by some to his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, had initially clashed with Barca defender Jordi Alba moments before the half-time whistle, appearing to slap away a finger pointed in his face. Messi was in no mood to let this slide and waited for
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first Serie A hat trick for Juventus on Monday -- the TENTH different competition in which he's scored three goals in a game. Here's our pick of the best from each one...The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place.Jump to: Sterling laughs off
After losing a first-set tiebreak against Nick Kyrgios in the ATP Cup, Stefanos Tsitsipas reacted furiously by repeatedly smashing his racket into the advertising hoardings and court-side chairs.In his anger, he inadvertently caught his dad and Team Greece captain, Apostolos, with his racket and television pictures showed he left a visible mark on his arm. His mum consequently left the stands and leaned over the barriers to give her son