Sports shorts: Updates and rumours

Novak on Rio; Celtic’s Allan; Real win

Novak vidRio Olympics/Tennis: Novak Djokovic says it is unthinkable to consider cancelling or postponing the Olympics and he is still planning to compete, despite worries about the Zika virus.

World number one women’s player, Serena Williams, says Zika has “been on my mind” and she will head to Rio “super-protected, maybe.”

Their comments, which came after both progressed to the next round at the French Open, follow the World Health Organisation’s rejection of a call from 150 scientists to delay or relocate the August Games because of the outbreak.


Scott AllanFootball: Celtic’s ‘forgotten’ midfielder Scott Allan is hoping for a fresh start under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Allan, who signed from Hibernian in August last year, has been restricted to just three starts in his first season at Parkhead after struggling to make an impression under Ronny Deila.

“The fans have seen me nowhere near my best,” he told the club’s website.

“It’s a fresh start and you want to make an impact on the new manager. There will be a few players including myself who will want to catch the new gaffer’s eye.”


Football: Real Madrid lifted the top prize in European football for the 11th time after defeating city rivals Atletico in a penalty shoot-out.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the kick which handed Real the Champions League trophy in a game their opponents contrived to lose.

Sergio Ramos’ controversial finish put Zinedine Zidane’s side ahead before Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty. Substitute Yannick Carrasco sent the match into extra-time.

English referee Mark Clattenburg booked eight players in a tetchy game in Milan’s San Siro stadium which failed to match the standard of classic Real performances.


Tennis: John McEnroe will join the coaching team of Milos Raonic at Wimbledon in an attempt to land a Grand Slam victory for the giant Canadian.

McEnroe, 57, who won Wimbledon in 1981, 1983 and 1984, will be working alongside Raonic’s full-time coach Carlos Moya at the All England Club.

“I’m gonna help coach this guy named Milos,” McEnroe told Eurosport television at the French Open.

World number nine Raonic made the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2014 where he lost in straight sets to Roger Federer.


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