Lacazette out, Arsenal pin hopes on Welbeck
LONDON • Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be out of action for up to six weeks after an operation on his left knee, the English Premier League club said on Tuesday.
With new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible to play in the Europa League, Danny Welbeck is the only experienced striker available for Arsenal for the last-32, first-leg tie against Ostersunds in Sweden today.
Lacazette will also miss the second leg a week later, as well as the League Cup final against Manchester City on Feb 25.
Froome blasts critics over 'misinformation'
MIJAS (Spain) • Chris Froome yesterday insisted that "misinformation" has led to rival cyclists calling for him to be suspended after an abnormal doping test, as he made his first appearance in the peloton since the revelations in December of the test result.
"There is a lot of misinformation out there. There are also a lot of opinions of people who don't quite fully understand the process," he said at the Ruta del Sol, in response to those who have called for him to be suspended pending a resolution to the case.
TMO erred on Wales try: World Rugby
LONDON • World Rugby have told Wales that the television match official (TMO) made a mistake with his controversial decision to disallow them a try in their 12-6 Six Nations defeat by England last weekend.
With England leading 12-0 at Twickenham on Saturday, Wales back Gareth Anscombe, under pressure from home wing Anthony Watson, chased down a kick ahead from fly-half Rhys Patchell. It was a close call but many observers felt Anscombe had been first to the ball and grounded it correctly.
James nets 37 as Cavs rumble past Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY • LeBron James scored 37 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-112 in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Paul George led the Thunder with 25 points. Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook, both back after missing two games, added 24 and 21 points respectively.
ATP probes suspected racial abuse in match
NEW YORK • The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) on Tuesday said it has launched an internal investigation after a first-round match between two American players at the New York Open boiled over on the court.
The ATP Tour officials say they are reviewing "allegations of racial prejudice" after Ryan Harrison, who is white, and Donald Young, who is black, exchanged words in the first set and had to be separated by the chair umpire during a changeover in play on Monday. Harrison, won the match 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).