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Bixente Lizarazu, the “Basque” winger champion

Lizarazu

L’ancien champion du monde 1998 est membre du jury des Sportel Awards 2018 à Monaco

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. Read more

Moto – Dovizioso wins for Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano Adriatico, Italy – September 9, 2018 Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso celebrates his win on the podium REUTERS/Max Rossi

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. Read more

Tennis – Rising star Osaka has bright future to lead sport

Naomi Osaka

Sep 5, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates her win over Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in a quarter-final match on day ten. Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS

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 Osakas 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. Read more