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Kevin De Bruyne kept his cool to beat Belgium team mate Thibaut Courtois from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute to give City the lead after Gabriel Jesus had headed home a cross from De Bruyne to pull the visitors level in the 78th minute.

* Juventus’s hopes of reaching the Champions League last eight suffered a blow when the two-times European Cup winners slumped to a 1-0 defeat in their last-16 first leg at Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday.

* Rangers stormed into the last 16 of the Europa League on Wednesday (Feb 26) following an impressive 1-0 win at Braga that put them through 4-2 on aggregate.

* Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, one of the world’s most recognisable sportswomen, on Wednesday (Feb 26) announced her retirement at the age of 32. Sharapova burst onto the scene as a supremely gifted teenager and won her Grand Slams before serving a 15-month ban for failing a drugs test at the 2016 Australian Open.

* Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year European ban for breaches of financial regulations has been officially registered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS announced on Wednesday (Feb 26).

* Dutch cyclist Dylan Groenewegen won the fourth stage of the UAE Tour on Wednesday (Feb 26) in Dubai in a sprint. Briton Adam Yates finished in the pack with the same time and retained the leader’s jersey.

* FIFA is to launch a major “once and for all” review of the international match calendar, which governs the dates of major competitions and tournaments, world football’s governing body said on Wednesday (Feb 26). There have been a number of complaints from coaches, such as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, about the scheduling of games and concerns about the increasing number of commitments.

* Bayern Munich’s prolific striker Robert Lewandowski was ruled out for around four weeks with a fracture on Wednesday in a blow to their Bundesliga title defence. Bayern said in a statement on their website that the Poland international had fractured his tibia near his left knee joint during the 3-0 win at Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.

* Former champion Petra Kvitova needed all her considerable experience to beat Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 5-7 6-1 and reach the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open on a windy Wednesday in Doha. Top seed Ash Barty advanced to the quarters via a walkover after her opponent Elena Rybakina withdrew with a strain in her leg.

* Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced to the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open on Wednesday via a walkover after her American opponent Amanda Anisimova withdrew due to illness. Kuznetsova will next face Swiss world number nine Belinda Bencic, the fourth seed, who beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-3 earlier in the day.

* Novak Djokovic extended his unbeaten start to the season to 15 matches as he swatted aside German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-1 with ease on Wednesday to reach the Dubai Tennis Championships quarter-finals. Next up for the 32-year-old is a meeting with Russian seventh seed Karen Khachanov.

* Atletico Madrid have been fined EUR12,000 (US$13,000) by the Spanish soccer federation due to their supporters singing “Die Griezmann die” at Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann at a La Liga match between the sides last December.

* The alpine skiing World Cup Finals scheduled for next month in Italy will take place without any fans on the slopes due to the coronavirus outbreak, an International Ski Federation (FIS) official told Swedish television on Wednesday (Feb 26).

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