Daily News Digest: An Hour Record bid postponed, Kiwis extend at Mitchelton

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We cross over the midpoint of the week with some transfer and renewal news, as well as an update on Alex Dowsett’s plans to take on the Hour Record, which he has had to postpone for now.

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What’s News

| Dowsett postpones Hour Record attempt after coronavirus positive

Alex Dowsett had been planning to make another run at the UCI Hour Record in December, but he has put those plans on hold after contracting coronavirus.

The 32-year-old Brit, who held the Hour Record for a little over a month back in 2015 before his record was topped by Bradley Wiggins (whose mark was then bested by current record holder Victor Campenaerts) was scheduled to make an attempt on December 12 in Manchester, but

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Mir wins 1st MotoGP race to extend championship lead

CHESTE, Spain (AP) — Joan Mir won the Grand Prix of Europe for his first MotoGP victory on Sunday, extending his points lead with two races to go in the championship.

Mir, who started fifth on the grid, earned his maiden victory after making a pass for the lead over fellow Suzuki rider Álex Rins with 11 laps to go at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

“I’m supper happy. This is what I was missing,” Mir said. “I think that this came at the perfect moment.”

The win allowed the Spaniard to open a 37-point gap to Rins and Fabio Quartararo, who finish 14th after crashing on the first lap.

Maverick Viñales, who started from the pits after being penalized for changing an engine, finished 13th. He is fourth in the standings, 41 points behind Mir.

The next race will be at the Ricardo Tormo track again next weekend, with the

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Brentford 0-0 Middlesbrough: Boro extend unbeaten run at Brentford

Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney endured a frustrating afternoon, failing to add to his tally

Middlesbrough extended their unbeaten run to 10 games with a useful point in a Championship stalemate at Brentford.

The Bees came into the game having scored in each of their nine previous league games, but failed to breach the visitors, with Vitaly Janelt firing wide after a perfect ball in by Henrik Dalsgaard and Ivan Toney wasting a free-kick as he chased an 11th of the season.

Boro have the tightest defence in the division – having conceded only five goals – and maintained that run with a sixth clean sheet for Marcus Bettinelli this season.

Chuba Akpom might have won it for Neil Warnock’s side but turned the ball wide after Jonny Howson had galloped down the flank and crossed.

Thomas Frank’s Brentford have so far failed to hit the heights of 2019-20, and are 11th in

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MATCHDAY: AC Milan looks to extend unbeaten run

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AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his side’s second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Udinese and AC Milan, at the Dacia Arena Stadium in Udine, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. AC Milan won 2-1.

AP

A look at what’s happening in the Europa League on Thursday:

AC MILAN VS. LILLE

Unbeaten since Italian soccer resumed in June and atop the Serie A standings through six rounds, AC Milan looks to extend its perfect record in the Europa League against Lille at the San Siro.

“Our strength has always been balance. We know how to carry ourselves and that this requires sacrifice,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli said. “We’re aware of what we’re doing and there are no reasons for a drop in attention — because we haven’t won anything yet.”

Like in the wins over Celtic and Sparta Prague, Pioli will draw from his bench, which could

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Montreal Impact extend loan of midfielder Lassi Lappalainen through 2021

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Loan extension

The Montreal Impact have extended the loan of Finland international winger Lassi Lappalainen from sister club Bologna through the 2021 season, the club announced Wednesday.

Lappalainen, 22, joined the Impact on loan in the summer of 2019. He has nine goals and two assists across 24 MLS appearances (15 starts). He has seven caps with the Finnish national team.

“We are happy that Lassi stays with us for another year,” sporting director Olivier Renard said in a club statement. “Despite suffering a few injuries, he proved again this year that he is an important part of the roster and helps the team by scoring goals in this league. His surgery went well two weeks ago and he will be available for the training camp in 2021. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

Lappalainen’s original loan was set to expire this summer but the clubs agreed

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Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Middlesbrough: Neil Warnock’s Boro extend unbeaten run

Neil Warnock (left) and Tony Mowbray fist-bump at the end of the game
Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough have conceded just five goals from 10 Championship games

Middlesbrough extended their unbeaten Championship run to nine games but were made to settle for a draw at Blackburn.

Neil Warnock’s visitors dominated the first half, Britt Assombalonga missing their best chance when he headed over from close range at the back post from a corner.

Rovers made last-ditch blocks to thwart efforts from Djed Spence and Hayden Coulson and did improve after the interval.

They came close when Joe Rankin-Costello’s cross just evaded Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher, but Boro had 20 efforts on goal in all and should have won – Jonny Howson and Marcus Tavernier denied by Aynsley Pears before Dael Fry nodded Paddy McNair’s corner wide.

The point moves Middlesbrough up to fifth, while Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn drop to 15th, six points further back.

Rovers are the Championship’s highest scorers but were without injured

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Haaker Prevails Once Again To Extend His Points Lead in the 2020 AMA EnduroCross Championship

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING TEAM ENJOYS A WEEK OFF BEFORE CLOSING OUT THE SEASON NEXT FRIDAY AT GLEN HELEN

MURRIETA, CA – October 31, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker extended his points lead in the 2020 AMA EnduroCross Championship with a clutch victory on Friday at Round 4 of the condensed six-race series at Glen Helen Raceway. Following a bit of bad luck at last night’s previous round, the three-time AMA EnduroCross Champion bounced back with vengeance to conclude another solid double-header weekend with 3-1-1 finishes and his third overall-win in the first four rounds.

COLTON HAAKER RD 4 001 EnduroCross

In race one, Haaker got off to a second-place start aboard his Husqvarna FX350 and he worked his way into the lead by lap four. He led the way for two laps before making a bobble exiting the rocks, which ultimately cost him the lead with

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German manager being ‘closely monitored’ by Man City should Pep Guardiola not wish to extend his contract

Manchester City are ‘closely monitoring’ the intentions of RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann, should Pep Guardiola choose to not extend his contract after the conclusion of this season, as reported by Jason Burt at the Telegraph.

It has been widely reported that the hierarchy at the Etihad Stadium are comprising a small list of potential candidates to fill the managerial position – and the latest developments indicate that Nagelsmann is making his way up the list. 

After taking over on the touchline at the start of the 2019 season, the German-born boss took RB Leipzig to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, and recorded several dominating wins in the Bundesliga in the meantime – notably 4-0 against Union Berlin in his first game in charge, and 8-0 against Mainz later on in the season.

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(Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Since starting his tenure at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola

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