sports news round-up – tuesday, october 2

10:00    02 Oct 2018

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton participates in Media Day at UCLA Heath Training Center in El Segundo, Los Angeles, California, USA, 24 September 2018. EPA/MIKE NELSON
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of sports news for Tuesday, October 2.

Basketball & baseball

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton says LeBron James “sent a message to the group” with his performance against Denver Nuggets on Sunday night; and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey announced that he will be having arthroscopic surgery on his right hip to repair a torn labrum and clear out a build-up of bone spurs.

UFC & boxing

Conor McGregor says he is not only looking at regaining his 155-pound title in the UFC, but also looking at potentially going to another weight class to fight the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Tyron Woodley; and Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder had to be separated at the press conference to promote their WBC heavyweight title fight at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on December 1.

Cycling, athletics & tennis

Mikel Zabala, the Movistar coach overseeing Alejandro Valverde’s training throughout the season, believes that his World Championships victory, which saw the veteran finally break through a glass ceiling that has been resisting him for 15 years, was definitely on the cards; Nigerian sprinter Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduru has called on the West African country to invest more in its athletes; and Naomi Osaka made the startling admission on Monday that winning the US Open was "bittersweet" and "not the happiest memory" and revealed that she has been trying to forget about the career-defining victory.

Motorsport & golf

Formula One will come under pressure from electric car racing in the next five years and risks being overtaken in popularity further down the road, according to Formula E founder Alejandro Agag; DTM boss Gerhard Berger says his series is "completely open" to the idea of switching its British round from Brands Hatch to Donington Park; and Patrick Reed launched an extraordinary attack on his American team-mates after they were condemned to a humiliating Ryder Cup defeat in Paris.

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