Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of sports news for Thursday, October 4.
Basketball & baseball
Aaron Judge played an important role in helping the Yankees post a 7-2 victory over the Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium; according to an annual NBA GM survey, 30 percent of voters named LeBron James the most likely to win MVP., while Kevin Durant was close with 27 percent and Anthony Davis finished third with 17.
UFC & boxing
Sports betting companies have confirmed on that there's been an influx of money waged on the fight between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor in the past few days, with underdog McGregor receiving the majority of the support; and Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder had to be separated as their final news conference in Los Angeles got heated ahead of their WBC heavyweight title bout on December 1.
Cycling, athletics & tennis
Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) will compete at the 2018 Tour of Turkey next week; Tsegaye Mekonnen has confirmed he will race the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 21 October, thereby earning the distinction of being the fastest entrant to ever run this IAAF Gold Label event; and Serena Williams is set to face Roger Federer in her first event of the 2019 season when the USA play Switzerland in the mixed doubles at the Hopman Cup.
Motorsport & golf
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team are "prepared to play the long game" when it comes to driver Esteban Ocon; and Brooks Koepka says there was no bust-up or disagreement with Ryder Cup team-mate Dustin Johnson; and Tommy Fleetwood admits he does not know why USA seemed to lack unity during the Ryder Cup but felt Europe "played with our hearts a little bit more".