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Former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has broken his silence on the “Black Lives Matter” conversation.

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Latest sports news headlines, results and fixtures: Friday 17 July

The latest sports news, results and fixtures.

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Former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has broken his silence on the “Black Lives Matter” conversation.

(Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

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Sebastian Vettel provided a reminder of the talents that won him four drivers’ world titles on Friday when he topped the times for Ferrari in a wet second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton opting to sit out the session.

Formula One on Friday reported its first positive coronavirus tests at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the third race of the delayed 2020 season. In a joint statement, the sport’s ruling body the International Motoring Federation (FIA) and commercial rights holder Formula One said two people from nearly 5,000 had returned positive test results.


Thomas Bach said Friday he will stand in 2021 for a second term as president of the International Olympic Committee, admitting however there is “no solution today” to the challenges posed by coronavirus to the postponed Tokyo Games.

Sebastian Coe, the head of World Athletics, was voted in as a member of the International Olympic Committee on Friday after being turned down several times.

USA Gymnastics will conduct the trials for next year’s Tokyo Olympics from June 24-27 in St. Louis, Missouri, the sport’s governing body announced Friday.

Beijing 2022 organisers were “pressing ahead” with preparations for the Winter Olympics Friday after a senior IOC official warned the coronavirus could force the Games to be postponed.


Six individuals, five of them Major League Baseball players, have tested positive for COVID-19 among 10,548 samples returned in the past week, MLB and its players union announced Friday.


Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe has tested positive for COVID-19 and not joined his teammates in the NBA’s Florida restart bubble.


Frank Lampard has rejected Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claims that Chelsea will have an unfair advantage in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final because they have had more time to rest.

Spectators could return to sports stadiums in October after a series of test events that will start later this month, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has told his players they will win the Europa League next season if they can qualify for the competition as they seek to end the season with a flourish.

Pep Guardiola has challenged Manchester City to extend his impressive record at Wembley when the FA Cup holders face Arsenal in Saturday’s semi-final.

Real Madrid were crowned La Liga champions for the 34th time on Thursday after Karim Benzema scored twice in a 2-1 victory over Villarreal which clinched the title with one game to spare.

Mikel Arteta said he would be “depressed” if he focused too much on Arsenal’s recent record against the top clubs as he prepares his team for an FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City.

Defending champions Sydney FC stretched their lead at the top of the A-League Friday with a last-gasp 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix as the Australian domestic competition resumed after a four-month coronavirus shutdown.

Barcelona made it all about the Champions League and after surrendering La Liga to Real Madrid, now it is all they have left. 

Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara is on the verge of joining Premier League champions Liverpool after stalling over signing a contract extension at Bayern Munich, according to a report in Bild on Friday.

Ayo Akinola’s hat-trick carried Toronto to a 4-3 victory over Montreal on Thursday that pushed Thierry Henry’s Impact to the brink of elimination in the MLS is Back tournament.


Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder promised change and a new culture for his NFL team Friday after 15 women said they had been sexually harassed while employed by the club.


South Africa Rugby said on Friday they hope the world champions Springboks can play this year despite the coronavirus pandemic. 

New Zealand Rugby revealed plans Friday to cull South African teams and Argentina’s Jaguares from Super Rugby next year, in what would be a ruthless shake-up for the struggling competition.

NZR’s planned revamp of the flagship southern hemisphere club tournament would contain New Zealand’s five existing teams, two to four from Australia and one newcomer from the Pacific, giving the sprawling competition a strong trans-Tasman focus.

Two simple missed conversions by the experienced Jono Lance cost Western Force dearly Friday as the Queensland Reds overcame stubborn resistance to win 31-24 and remain unbeaten in Super Rugby AU.

Maro Itoje has followed Owen Farrell and other England stars in committing his future to Saracens despite the club’s relegation to the Championship over salary cap breaches.

Ice Hockey

Edmonton’s Rogers Place, one of two planned hub arenas for the National Hockey League season restart, has suffered storm damage but it shouldn’t hinder the league’s return. 


Ben Stokes’ impressive 176 took England to an imposing first-innings score of 469-9 declared in the second Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford on Friday.

Former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has broken his silence on the “Black Lives Matter” conversation.

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Super Rugby AU

Reds 31-24 Force

Italian Serie A results on Thursday

Torino 3 (Bremer 31, Lukic 76, Belotti 90) Genoa 0

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SPAL 0 Inter Milan 4 (Candreva 37, Biraghi 55, Sanchez 60, Gagliardini 73)

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Premier League results on Thursday

Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 2 (Rashford 45+1, Martial 78)

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Everton 1 (Walcott 87) Aston Villa 1 (Konsa 72)

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Leicester 2 (Perez 29, Gray 79) Sheffield United 0

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Southampton 1 (Ings 66) Brighton 1 (Maupay 17)

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English Championship result on Thursday:

Leeds 1 Barnsley 0

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Spanish La Liga results on Thursday

Eibar 3 (Bigas Rigo 21, Inui 28, De Blasis 90+2-pen) Valladolid 1 (Guardiola Navarro 71)

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Athletic Bilbao 0 Leganes 2 (Guerrero 81, Assale 90+4)

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Barcelona 1 (Messi 62) Osasuna 2 (Jose 15, Torres 90+4)

Real Betis 1 (Loren 90+4) Alaves 2 (Joselu 53, Ely 77)

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Celta Vigo 2 (Mina 36, Aspas 45+1) Levante 3 (Bardhi 11, 28, Mayoral 52)

Getafe 0 Atletico Madrid 2 (Llorente 54, Partey 80)

Real Mallorca 1 (Cucho 20) Granada 2 (Diaz 45+1, Fernandez 69)

Real Madrid 2 (Benzema 29, Benzema 77-pen) Villarreal 1 (Iborra 84)

Real Sociedad 0 Sevilla 0

Valencia 1 (Gameiro 17) Espanyol 0

Latest sports fixtures

English Championship 

Huddersfield vs West Brom

English Premier League 

West Ham vs Watford

Additional reporting from AFP.