Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of sports news for Monday, October 8.
Basketball & baseball
Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving all but committed to remaining in Boston well after he hits free agency next summer; and the Brewers are riding an 11-game winning streak to the National League Championship Series as a 6-0 win over the Rockies in Game 3 of the NL Division Series on Sunday at Coors Field finished the first postseason series sweep in Brewers history.
UFC & boxing
UFC President Dana White said in a media conference that he “had to be worrying about the fans” when a brawl broke out after Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor at UFC 229; and boxing expert Johnny Nelson says Anthony Joshua can calmly consider his next meaningful fight, despite the brash antics of Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Jarrell Miller.
Cycling, athletics & tennis
The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire cycle stages will begin or end at Barnsley, Bedale, Bridlington, Doncaster, Halifax, Leeds, Scarborough and Selby in May; Johan Bugge’s victory pose under the arch of the finish line has become a familiar sight in Smarna Gora and the Norwegian was celebrating there again on Saturday (6) after winning the fifth and final WMRA World Cup race in Ljubljana; and Juan Martin Del Potro was beaten by Nikoloz Basilashvili in the China Open final on Sunday.
Motorsport & golf
Lewis Hamilton moved to within touching distance of a fifth world championship with victory in the Japanese GP after another mistake by title rival Sebastian Vettel; and Lucas Bjerregaard compiled an excellent five-under 67 amid blustery conditions at St Andrews to clinch his second European Tour title with victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.