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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Schleck goes under knife

CYCLING: Andy Schleck, the 2010 Tour de France champion who abandoned the 2014 race on Tuesday, has successfully undergone knee surgery, his Trek Factory Racing team has announced.

Schleck had a MRI scan to determine the full extent of the injury before going under the knife in Basle, Switzerland, but it is still too early to tell when he will return to racing.

A Trek Factory Racing team statement read: "Andy Schleck's knee is severely damaged: there are partial ruptures in the collateral and cruciate ligaments, the meniscus is torn and an injury to the articular cartilage has been diagnosed during the procedure, raising further concern about Schleck's rehab."

Schleck added: "I'm feeling pretty bad, to understate it. My knee looks like there's been an explosion inside. Acceptance is the first step of my rehab and I'm working on that now. There's lots of work to be done before I'll be back, but I'm used to fighting back."

Bumper payout for US Open champs

TENNIS: The men and women's singles champions at the 2014 United States Open will earn $3million for their efforts.

The bumper payouts, which equate to around $1.8million and are the largest in the tournament's history, are being offered from an increased total prize fund of $33.8million which represents a rise of 4million on last year's tournament.

Dave Haggerty, USTA chairman of the board and president, said: "This year's prize money increase continues the commitment to make the US Open one of the most lucrative purses in all of sports."

England suffer a day of frustration

CRICKET: England suffered a frustrating day thanks to an unresponsive unresponsive Trent Bridge pitch which ensured slow progress for the home bowlers in the first Investec Test against India.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, India reached stumps on 259 for four, opener Murali Vijay having batted through the day for a near flawless 122 not out.

It was a day of toil for the England attack, though Stuart Broad impressed with his control and Anderson snared two wickets to extend his record career haul at the ground to 51.

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