An enthusiast in several sports from a young age, Lizarazu began his professional career with Girondins de Bordeaux, joining the club’s youth setup as a 15-year-old in 1984 and initially playing as a winger. After being told he would not make a career from football due to his frail physicality as a teenager, he impressed the staff with his determination and became a member of the senior squad in 1988 alongside forward Christophe Dugarry. He was retrained to play as a counter-attacking left back at the suggestion of coach Didier Couécou and soon replaced the veteran Gernot Rohr (later to the be the club’s manager) in the position.
by Alan Baldwin
MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy (Reuters) – Italian Andrea Dovizioso won the San Marino Grand Prix for Ducati on Sunday while reigning world champion Marc Marquez finished second to increase his MotoGP championship lead to 67 points.
Local favourite Valentino Rossi managed only a distant seventh for Yamaha and lost second place overall to Dovizioso who now has 154 points to Spaniard Marquez’s 221 with six races remaining. Rossi has 151.
by Steve Keating
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. Open that began by celebrating a 50th anniversary could end with Serena Williams snatching a record equaling 24th Grand Slam title but it may well be remembered as Naomi Osaka’s coming out party.
The daughter of a Japanese mother and Haitian father, the charismatic Osaka has offered signs that she possesses all the talent and personality necessary to fill the void that will be left when the likes of the Williams sisters and Sharapova eventually retire.