sports news round-up – sunday, september 16

10:00    16 Sep 2018

Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of sports news for Sunday, September 16.

Basketball & baseball

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto hit his 20th home run of the year during their 10-5 loss to the Braves, swatting a first-pitch fastball from Kevin Gausman over the left-center-field wall for a solo home run in the fourth inning; and Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan, the Hornets organization and the NBA announced that they are working together with a number of community organizations to provide necessary and immediate relief and support to those affected by Hurricane Florence.

UFC & boxing

A late notice call to the Octagon didn’t deter middleweight newcomer Khalid Murtazaliev from his mission on Saturday, as he stopped CB Dollaway in UFC Fight Night prelim action at Olympic Stadium in Moscow; and Floyd Mayweather has claimed he will return to fight Manny Pacquiao this year, revealing that another nine-figure pay-day is on the way".

Cycling, athletics & tennis

British cyclist Simon Yates has all-but secured Vuelta a Espana glory after he retained the red jersey by finishing third in the penultimate stage; Kenyans Stephen Kiprop and Diana Chemtai Kipyokei raced to comfortable victories at the Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race; and France reached the final of the 2018 Davis Cup by winning the third rubber against Spain in the semi-final on Saturday.

Motorsport & golf

Toto Wolff believes Lewis Hamilton's Singapore GP pole represents a "major step forward" for the champions , Mercedes this season; Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari should have done better in Singapore GP qualifying on Saturday and Thomas Bjorn is looking forward to Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup which will take place in France at the end of this month.

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