Euro 2020: Captain Bale masterminds Wales' 2-0 defeat of Turkey
Wales captain Gareth Bale set up Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts to score for a 2-0 victory over Turkey in their Group A match at Baku's Olympic Stadium on Wednesday to take a big step towards qualifying for the European Championship knockout stages.
Pivotal summer for Canadian men's basketball begins with Tampa training camp
Sports/Olympics/Summer Sports/Basketball: The Canadian men's senior basketball team began training camp in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday as it prepares for a summer it hopes ends on the podium on Tokyo. But along the way, it'll have to win a last-chance qualifying tournament in Victoria just to get back to the Olympics for the first time since 2000.
One-off Test, Day 1: India Women fight back through spinners
Led by their off-spinners Sneh Rana (3-74)— playing her first international game in five years — and Deepti Sharma (2-44), India staged a superb fightback to keep England to 269 for six on the opening day of their one-off Test at the Bristol County ground on Wednesday.
SAI looks for Tokyo-bound skeet shooters’ vaccination in Italy using diplomatic channels
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has pushed for Tokyo Olympics-bound skeet shooters, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmed Khan’s vaccination against Covid-19 using diplomatic channels in Italy, with little over a month left for the scheduled start of the Summer Games in the Japanese capital on July 23.
Euro 2020: Locatelli, Immobile fire Italy into last 16 with win over Switzerland
Football|: Rome: Manuel Locatelli scored a brace and Ciro Immobile added a late third as Italy sealed their place in the Euro 2020 last 16 on Wednesday with a game to spare after a 3-0 win over Switzerland in Rome. Sassuolo midfielder Locatelli put the Azzurri ahead after 26 minutes in the Group A clash, adding a second just after the break with Immobile scoring for the second consecutive game a minute from time. Roberto Mancini’s side are top of Group A with six points from two games, with six goals scored and none conceded, two points clear of Wales who beat Turkey 2-0 earlier. Italy will advance as Group A winners if they avoid defeat against surprise Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. The only bad news for the Italians in a game they dominated was the loss of captain Giorgio Chiellini who hobbled off the pitch with a muscle injury in the first half. The 36-year-old Juventus defender had a 20th-minute goal ruled out for handball by VAR and four minutes later asked to be replaced, holding his thigh. Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi took his place, making his debut in a major international tournament at the age of 33, with the captain’s armband handed to Juventus teammate Leonardo Bonucci. Italy gave the Swiss no space in another commanding display, having beaten Turkey 3-0 five days ago in Rome. Lazio forward Immobile once again led Italy’s three-man attack, flanked by wingers Lorenzo Insigne and Domenico Berardi. Immobile missed several changes to add to his tally sending a header over the bar early from a Leonardo Spinazzola cross. After Chiellini’s exit, Locatelli started the move which reaped the opener, combining with Sassuolo teammate Domenico Berardi, who weaved into the area and steered across for the former to the finish off. Swiss keeper Yann Sommer denied Immobile and an Insigne follow-up was cleared off the line after half an hour. Another well worked move resulted in Italy’s second goal, Nicolo Barella teeing up Locatelli to drive in from 20 yards. It brought his tally to three goals in 12 appearances for Italy since making his debut last September. Switzerland had few chances with Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri sending over after an hour while Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma denied Steven Zuber their best effort minutes later. For Italy it was a 10th consecutive win with a clean sheet, extending their unbeaten run to 29 matches since September 2018 - just after failing to qualify for the last World Cup. Italy have now scored two goals or more in each of their last 10 international matches. Mancini meanwhile moves within one game of Italy’s two-time World Cup-winning coach Vittorio Pozzo’s record of 30 unbeaten games between 1935 and 1939.
Spezza re-signs with hometown Maples Leafs at league minimum for 3rd straight season
Sports/Hockey/NHL: Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan sounded an optimistic tone about the team's future Wednesday as the players searched for answers after coming up painfully short in the playoffs despite a strong regular season.