Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Soccer

Allardyce out as England's manager

MANCHESTER, England — Sam Allardyce lost his job as England's national team manager Tuesday after one match and just 67 days in charge, paying the price for damaging comments to undercover reporters that were deemed "inappropriate" by the English Football Association.

The Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper, published video of Allardyce appearing to offer advice on how to sidestep an outlawed player transfer practice, and to negotiate a $519,000 public-speaking contract while talking to reporters posing as businessmen.

The FA acted fast, holding talks with Allardyce, 61, in London before announcing the end of his tenure by mutual consent.

Allardyce said he was "deeply disappointed" by the FA's decision but added, "I recognize I made some comments which have caused embarrassment."

Gareth Southgate will take charge for the next four matches including two World Cup qualifiers in October.

Dempsey still out: The Seattle Sounders said U.S. national team forward Clint Dempsey is out for the season because of an irregular heartbeat that has sidelined him for more than a month.

MLS: Atlanta United hired former Argentina national coach Gerardo Martino as coach for its 2017 inaugural season.

Europe: Leicester City improved to 2-0 in its first UEFA Champions League campaign, beating visiting Porto 1-0 on Islam Slimani's goal. Cristiano Ronaldo scored early but host Borussia Dortmund rallied to tie Real Madrid 2-2.

Tennis

Kerber wins her debut at No. 1

In her first match at No. 1, Angelique Kerber lost the first set but rallied to top Kristina Mladenovic 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4 to reach the third round of the Wuhan Open in China. Kerber replaced Serena Williams atop the rankings on her way to the U.S. Open title this month.

Et cetera

Track: Greek triple jumper Hrysopiyi Devetzi is set to lose her bronze medal from the 2008 Olympics after failing a drug test.

WNBA: Forward Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks was named league MVP, receiving 31 of the 39 first-place votes from a national media panel.

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