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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Soccer-Gvardiol header earns Leipzig 1-1 draw against Man City

RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol powered home a towering header in 70th-minute to earn them a 1-1 draw against visitors Manchester City in their Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Wednesday. The 21-year-old defender bagged the deserved equaliser after City’s Riyad Mahrez had slotted in following a Leipzig mistake in the 27th minute.

Shane Lowry undecided on including LIV golfers in Ryder Cup

Shane Lowry isn’t ready to draw a line in the sand over whether members of the upstart LIV Golf circuit should be eligible to compete in the 44th edition of the Ryder Cup in Rome this fall. “I can’t sit here and say whether I think they should or shouldn’t because the way it is now, I could be on the team with one or two of them or multiple of them in September,” said Lowry, a 35-year-old Irishman who stands in the top seven in Ryder Cup points to qualify for Team Europe.

Soccer-Lukaku strikes late to snatch win for Inter over Porto

Substitute Romelu Lukaku grabbed an 86th-minute goal to earn Inter Milan a 1-0 victory over Porto in a tight first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday. Porto midfielder Otavio was sent off 12 minutes from time and Belgian striker Lukaku took full advantage to boost Inter’s bid to qualify for the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time in 12 years.

Boxing-WBC reinstates Benn after blaming eggs for failed dope tests

Britain’s Conor Benn will return to the WBC world rankings after the boxing body cleared him of intentional doping on Wednesday and said a “highly elevated consumption of eggs” was a reasonable explanation for failed tests last year. Positive findings for “trace amounts of a fertility drug” led to welterweight Benn’s much-hyped catchweight fight in London with compatriot Chris Eubank Jr being called off in October.

Soccer-Government gives green light to independent regulator for English game

A seismic shake-up of the governance of English soccer including the creation on an independent regulator for the elite game will move closer with the publication of a wide-ranging Government white paper on Thursday. The long-awaited paper, which has received cross-party support, comes in response to 10 strategic recommendations from a Fan-Led Review of Football Governance chaired by former sports minister Tracey Crouch in 2021.

Billy Horschel ‘disappointed’ in PGA Tour for state of Honda Classic

When Honda ends its 42-year run as a title sponsor on the PGA Tour this week, not a single top 10 player in the world will be competing at one of the tour’s most iconic venues. That’s largely because the Honda Classic is wedged between the Genesis Invitational, one of the new “elevated” events this year, and the Players Championship.

Adidas and Major League Soccer extend partnership with 2026 World Cup in view

Adidas and Major League Soccer in the United States on Wednesday announced a multi-year extension to their partnership that sees the German sports goods maker continue as the official supplier for the league, clubs and youth academies. “We are committed to helping grow the game and could not be more excited as we approach the 2026 World Cup hosted by the U.S., Canada and Mexico,” said Adidas chief executive Bjorn Gulden in a statement.

Tennis-Djokovic hopes for positive news on U.S. tournaments participation

Novak Djokovic said on Wednesday he was hoping for a positive outcome shortly, having applied for special permission to enter the United States to compete in ATP Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami that begin next month. Djokovic, one of the most high-profile athletes unvaccinated against COVID-19, added he would return to the ATP tour in Dubai next week after winning a record-extending 10th Australian Open title and his 22nd Grand Slam last month.

U.S. judge permits lawsuit claiming NBA Top Shot NFTs are securities

The creator of a marketplace for National Basketball Association Top Shot non-fungible tokens must face a lawsuit claiming that the tokens are securities, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan rejected Dapper Labs Inc’s bid to dismiss a proposed class action by purchasers of NBA Top Shot Moments, which are digital video clips of NBA game highlights.

Soccer-Barcelona to face best Man United team in many years – Xavi

Barcelona will face the best Manchester United team for many years in the second leg of their Europa League knockout round tie at Old Trafford, the LaLiga leaders’ coach Xavi Hernandez said on Wednesday. After fighting back to earn a 2-2 draw with the Premier League side in a pulsating game at the Camp Nou, Xavi believes his team will need to be at their best on Thursday to advance to the last 16.

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