Liverpool beat Hoffenheim in Champions League first leg

Liverpool will take a one-goal advantage back to Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League play-off tie with Hoffenheim after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick and an own goal earned them a hard-fought victory in Germany. Rookie full-back Alexander-Arnold demonstrated a cutting edge lacking in some of his more experienced team-mates with an expertly taken…

Cincinnati Masters: Kyle Edmund loses to Joao Sousa in first round

British number two Kyle Edmund is out of the Cincinnati Masters after a first-round loss to Joao Sousa. The world number 45 went down 3-6 6-2 3-6 in one hour and 37 minutes to his Portuguese opponent, who is ranked nine places below him. Edmund, 22, also lost in the first round of the Rogers…

Sri Lanka board president wants Pakistan tour for first time since 2009

Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala wants his team to tour Pakistan for the first time since their bus was attacked by gunmen in Lahore. Since that 2009 attack, Zimbabwe have been the only full international side to tour Pakistan, playing five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015. “I am keen to take my team…

Watson loses in Citi Open first round

British number two Heather Watson was knocked out the Citi Open in the first round with a straight-set defeat by Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig. The 25-year-old lost 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3) in two hours three minutes to the world number 134 in Washington. Watson, who wasted set points of her own in the first set,…