LONDON — German tennis player Alexander Zverev gave a more detailed denial of domestic abuse allegations made by a former girlfriend, saying Friday “that’s not who I am.”

Olga Sharypova said last month that the 23-year-old Zverev tried to strangle her with a pillow before last year’s U.S. Open.

The seventh-ranked Zverev was asked about it during a news conference ahead of the ATP Finals that begin Sunday in London. He has previously denied the accusations on social media and in brief comments, but elaborated Friday.

“These accusations are

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Patricio “Pitbull” Freire made quick work of Pedro Carvalho in the main event of a stacked Bellator 252 card.

Freire defended his featherweight title with a first-round knockout of Carvalho, who was riding a six-fight winning streak.

Freire, who is also the organization’s reigning lightweight champion, is widely considered the greatest fighter in Bellator history.

Not only did Freire successfully defend his 145-pound belt for the sixth time in his career, but he also advanced to the semifinals of Bellator’s ongoing Featherweight Grand Prix.

He’ll next face Emmanuel Sanchez, who beat Daniel Weichel by unanimous decision two fights prior to

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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was fastest in both practices for the Turkish Grand Prix on a slippery track compared to “an ice rink” by Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton on Friday.

Verstappen was .4 seconds quicker than Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and .58 ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in the second practice. Bottas’ teammate, Hamilton, was .85 back in fourth place on a resurfaced circuit low on grip and which last hosted a Formula One race in 2011.

“It was a little bit of a disaster today, to be honest … it’s like an ice rink out there,” said

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After a wet first day at the 2020 Masters Tournament, the forecast is looking much-improved for Day 2 at Augusta National.

That’s good news for those golfers who were forced to cut their first rounds short on Thursday due to darkness. They’ll get their rounds back underway Friday morning starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, and then the second round will follow soon after.

If Thursday’s results were any sign of things to come, there’s sure to be plenty of movement on the leaderboard throughout the day on Friday. So follow along here for all the latest news, results and analysis … Read More

NASHVILLE — Philip Rivers threw for 308 yards and a touchdown, and Nyheim Hines scored twice as the Indianapolis Colts beat the Tennessee Titans 34-17 Thursday night to grab the head-to-head edge atop the AFC South.

The Colts (6-3) will host the rematch in Indianapolis on Nov. 29 after helping coach Frank Reich improve to 4-1 against Titans coach Mike Vrabel. Indianapolis is 14-5 at Nissan Stadium.

“We get a huge special teams touchdown and then offensively, shoot, we were rolling pretty good all day,” Rivers said. “We were very balanced, kind of got in a rhythm with the no-huddle.

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Scotland gave up a 90th-minute equalizer before winning a tense penalty shootout to reach its first major tournament in 22 years. Hungary scored two late goals to beat Iceland 2-1. Slovakia also lost its lead late but scored an extra-time winner.

North Macedonia had a smoother ride through the European Championship playoffs Thursday in the earlier kickoff and will make its major tournament debut next year.

The 24-team lineup was completed for the pandemic-delayed Euro 2020 with four playoffs that served up plenty late-game drama in almost entirely empty stadiums.

All three later games passed the 87th minute with the

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SOFIA, Bulgaria — Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil advanced to the semifinals of the Sofia Open indoor hardcourt tennis tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 win over sixth-seed John Millman on Thursday.

Pospisil, ranked 74th in the world, broke Millman four times on six chances to improve to 2-0 on the ATP circuit against the No. 38 Australian.

The 30-year-old Pospisil had five aces and won 73 per cent of service points in a match that took around one hour 13 minutes to complete.

Millman broke Pospisil once on three chances and won just 50 per cent of service points.

It was Pospisil’s … Read More