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Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title

Rafael Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open by beating Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in four sets to lift a 12th men’s singles title. The Spaniard won for the third straight year at Roland Garros with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory in a high-quality final. The 33-year-old is the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall. It leaves the left-hander two Grand Slam titles adrift of Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who he beat in the semi-finals, and three clear of Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, whose bid to hold all four majors was ended by Thiem. By BBC SPORTS.

Portugal claim inaugural Nations League Trophy by beating the Dutch

Hosts Portugal claimed their second trophy in three years by beating the Netherlands to win the inaugural Nations League. Fernando Santos’ side triumphed at the 2016 European Championship and Goncalo Guedes’ second half strike gave them a narrow victory in Porto which Santos said was evidence of their unity as a team. The victory was achieved through Guedes in the 60th minute of the game smashing in from the edge of the area. England finished third in the tournament after a victory on penalties over Switzerland in Guimaraes. Portugal are the first European nation to host and win a final of a major competition since France beat Brazil 3-0 in the final of the 1998 World Cup. By BBC SPORTS

Semenya can compete without testosterone-reducing medication after Swiss court ruling

Caster Semenya will not need to take testosterone-reducing medication to compete after a Swiss court temporarily suspended a new IAAF ruling. The Olympic 800m champion, 28, last month lost her challenge to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) against the implementation of a restriction on testosterone levels in female runners. The ruling would have affected women competing from 400m to the mile. Her legal representative Dr Dorothee Schramm said: “The court has granted welcome temporary protection to Caster Semenya. The IAAF said it had yet to receive notification of the new decision from the Swiss court. In its initial judgement Cas found that the new rules proposed by the IAAF – athletics’ world governing body – for athletes with …

FIFA drops plans to expand World Cup to 48 teams

Plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams have been abandoned by Fifa. Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last year the expansion from 32 teams could be brought forward from 2026 to the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The change would have required Qatar to share hosting duties with other countries in the region. World football’s governing body said after a “thorough and comprehensive consultation process” the change “could not be made now”. Fifa also said it explored the possibility of Qatar hosting a 48-team tournament on its own but has decided not to pursue those plans as there was not enough time “for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact”. In a statement, Qatari World Cup organisers said: “Qatar …

Lewis Hamilton wins F1’s race 1,000 in China

Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in the Chinese Grand Prix to hold the championship lead for the first time in 2019. The Mercedes driver passed team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who started from pole position, off the line and controlled Formula 1’s 1,000th race from there. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third, after the team ordered team-mate Charles Leclerc to let him by in the opening laps. It was Hamilton’s 75th career victory, and it came on a weekend on which he had struggled throughout practice but pulled a lap out of the bag to grab a front-row spot, which proved the foundation for his win. Story by Bbc Sports