Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona, who has died aged 60, succumbed to heart failure. The Argentine Football Association confirmed Maradona’s death on Wednesday and posted a short message on its social media platforms. Regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game, Maradona became a household name after inspiring his country to World Cup glory in 1986.
Diego Maradona was in recovery after successful surgery to treat a subdural haematoma, a blood clot on the brain, the former World Cup winner’s doctor said. The operation was to address the clot, often caused by a head injury. Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, coaches the local club Gimnasia y Esgrima.
Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open with an Achilles injury ahead of her scheduled second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova. Williams, 39, was bidding to win a record-equaling 24th grand slam title at Roland Garros having reached the semifinals of the US Open earlier this month. She said the injury that was sustained in New York hadn’t recovered sufficiently for her to compete in Paris.
American football legend Joe Montana and his wife have rescued their nine-month-old grandchild from a kidnapping attempt, authorities say. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the couple confronted a woman who had entered their home and grabbed the child from a playpen. After a “tussle”, officials said the couple were able to retrieve the child.
Novak Djokovic has apologized for hitting a line judge with a ball at the US Open, saying he is “extremely sorry for creating her such stress”. The world number one was disqualified from his fourth-round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. The Serb, 33, who had just had his serve broken, took a ball out of his pocket and hit it behind him, striking the woman in her throat.
India and Russia have been declared joint winners of a major international chess tournament after two Indian players lost their internet connection during the final round. An online version of the Chess Olympiad contest is being held for the first time this year because of coronavirus. India appealed after two of its players lost connection to their games and forfeited on time. Officials said these were “unprecedented circumstances”.
Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. The club confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Argentina great sent a document expressing his desire to leave. The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst defeats in the player’s career and in the club’s history.
The owner of Washington’s NFL team had vowed this day would never come, but in the face of calls for racial justice and a threatened loss of sponsors, the team on Monday said it’s dropping the name “Redskins,” which many see as a slur against Native Americans. The team, in a statement, said it “will be retiring the redskins name and logo” after 87 years.
Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin has died while spearfishing in his native Australia, local officials have confirmed. Pullin, 32, was found unresponsive off a beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Wednesday. Nicknamed “Chumpy”, Pullin was Australia’s flagbearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The athlete had previously shared pictures online of himself spearfishing, swimming and surfing.
Novak Djokovic has tested positive for coronavirus after hosting a controversial tennis tournament across eastern Europe. The men’s world number one tennis player confirmed his COVID-19 diagnosis in a statement – and defended his decision to host the tour despite the continued prevalence of the disease around the world. In April, Djokovic had revealed he was an anti-vaxxer.