Shoulder injury ends Bartoli's comeback
PARIS • France's Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, announced on Twitter yesterday that she will no longer return to professional tennis due to recurring shoulder pain.
The 33-year-old, who retired shortly after winning her only Grand Slam title, announced last December that she would wanted to make her comeback at the Miami Open in March, reported the WTA website.
She competed against Serena Williams at the Tie Break Tens, a short-form format event, that month but skipped the Miami event.
Atletico set to sign Lemar from Monaco
PARIS • France midfielder Thomas Lemar, 22, looks set to quit Monaco and join Atletico Madrid, the two clubs revealed on Tuesday.
Lemar looked set to join Arsenal a year ago but Monaco pulled out of the potential £92 million (S$164 million) deal after selling a string of other stars.
Lemar was also tipped to join Liverpool as they seek to replace Philippe Coutinho. A source close to the deal said the transfer fee would be around €75 million (S$85 million), with Lemar's contract ending in 2020.
Arsenal lead chase for Sampdoria's Torreira
LONDON • Arsenal have agreed a €30 million deal to sign the Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and were discussing personal terms with the Uruguayan's representatives in Milan on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old had a €25 million release clause in his contract, which has another four years to run, but Arsenal offered the extra €5 million to beat off competition from Napoli. The Premier League club have offered him a five-year deal and are confident that he will sign it.
Rutherford, 31, to retire later this year
LONDON • Olympic gold medallist and former world long jump champion Greg Rutherford, 31, is to retire from athletics later this year, the Briton announced on Tuesday.
He became the first British athlete to hold all available outdoor titles - national, continental (European), Commonwealth, Diamond League, world and Olympic - in 2015 and is the country's record holder in long jump with 8.51m.