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NEW YORK---Maria Sharapo-
va's first Grand Slam match
in more than one-and-a-half
years will come against No
2-seeded Simona Halep at the
Sharapova's first-round match-
up with two-time French Open
runner-up Halep was set up by
yesterday's draw, which also put
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on
the same side of the men's bracket,
meaning they could meet only in
The US Tennis Association
awarded a wild-card invitation
to Sharapova, who is ranked
only 147th after returning from
a 15-month doping suspension
in April, so she could have been
randomly placed to face any oth-
Sharapova was kicked off the
tour after testing positive for the
newly banned drug meldonium at
the 2016 Australian Open.
Her five major championships
include the 2006 US Open.
The year's last Grand Slam tour-
nament starts Monday.
Nadal is seeded No 1 at Flushing
Meadows for the first time since
2010 after returning to the ATP's
top ranking this week. Federer is
seeded No 3. They have played 37
head-to-head matches, includ-
ing 12 at major tournaments---at
least twice in a final---but never at
Flushing Meadows in any round.
Federer beat Nadal in the Aus-
tralian Open final in January. Nadal
then won his tenth French Open
trophy in June, and Federer won
his eighth Wimbledon title in July.
Federer owns a record 19 Grand
Slam championships. Nadal ranks
second among men with 15.
The bottom half's semifinal
could be No 2 Andy Murray vs No
4 Alexander Zverev.
The potential men's quarter-
finals could be Nadal against
No 7 Grigor Dimitrov, Federer
against No 6 Dominic Thiem,
Murray against No 8 Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga, and Zverev against No 5
Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open
Possible women's quarterfinal
matchups on the draw's bottom
half include Halep or Sharapova
against No 7 Johanna Konta of Brit-
ain, a semifinalist at Wimbledon;
and Wimbledon champion Garbine
Muguruza against No 5 Caroline
Wozniacki or No 9 Venus Williams,
a seven-time major champion and
the runner-up at the All England
Club last month at age 37.
Williams' sister, 23-time major
champion Serena, is not playing in
the US Open because she is preg-
nant and expecting to give birth
On the top half of the bracket,
the quarterfinals could be No 1
Karolina Pliskova against 2004
US Open champion Svetlana
Kuznetsova; and defending cham-
pion Angelique Kerber or French
Open champion Jelena Ostapen-
ko against No 4 Elina Svitolina or
No 15 Madison Keys of the United
Arsenal have been drawn in the
same group as BATE Borisov, Co-
logne and Red Star Belgrade in the
It is the first time in 20 years that the
Gunners, who finished fifth in the Pre-
mier League last season, have started a
season in Europe's second-tier compe-
tition. Everton are in the same group as
Lyon, who host the final on 16 May 2018.
The Toffees will also face Italian Serie
A side Atalanta and Apollon Limassol
Everton, who completed their play-
off victory over Croatian side Hajduk
Split on Thursday, are in Europe for the
first time since 2014-15.
The 48-team draw for this season's
competition included Sweden's Oster-
sund, managed by Englishman Graham
Potter, the former Stoke City and West
Brom full-back. Ostersund will play
Spain's Athletic Bilbao, Germany's
Hertha Berlin and Zorya Luhansk of
Ukraine. The group stage begins on 14
The trophy is displayed for the UEFA
Europa League Group Stage draw in
Monaco, yesterday. AP PHOTO
GROUP STAGE DRAW
Group A: Villarreal, Maccabi Tel Aviv,
Astana, Slavia Prague.
Group B: Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys,
Partizan Belgrade, Skenderbeu.
Group C: Sporting Braga, Ludogorets,
Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir.
Group D: AC Milan, Austria Vienna ,
Rijeka, AEK Athens.
Group E: Lyon, Everton, Atalanta, Apol-
Group F: FC Copenhagen, Lokomotiv
Moscow, Sheriff Tiraspol, FC Zlin.
Group G: Vitoria Plzen, Steaua Bucar-
est, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, FC Lugano.
Group H: Arsenal, BATE Borisov, Co-
logne, Red Star Belgrade.
Group I: Salzburg, Marseille, Vitoria
Group J: Athletic Bilbao, Hertha Berlin,
Zorya Luhansk, Ostersund.
Group K: Lazio, Nice, Zulte Waregem,
Group L: Zenit St Petersburg, Real So-
ciedad, Rosenborg, Vardar.
MADRID---Barcelona is shor-
ing up its attack following Ney-
mar's departure by buying Ous-
mane Dembele from Borussia
Dortmund in a deal that could
reach 147 million (about $173
million), second only to the
Brazilian star's world-record
Barcelona said yesterday, the
20-year-old Dembele will be offi-
cially introduced after undergoing
a physical and signing his contract
"Visca Barca, Visca Catalun-
ya! (Long Live Barca, Long Live
Catalonia!)," Dembele posted on
The Spanish club will pay 105
million euros ($124 million) plus
possible add-ons in "contingent
payments" that could reach about
40 percent of the fixed transfer fee,
Dortmund said in a statement,
Neymar left for Paris Saint-Ger-
main for more than 220 million eu-
ros ($260 million) just before the
start of the season. That amount
was the buyout clause on his con-
Barcelona said Dembele's con-
tract will have a buyout clause of
400 million euros ($472 million).
The talented youngster, touted
as one of France's most promising
players along with 18-year-old Ky-
lian Mbappe of Monaco, will wear
Neymar's former No 11 shirt.
"Dembele is a player who is very
quick and technical," Barcelona
coach Ernesto Valverde said.
"He can play on both sides of the
field and he gives us depth, which
is something that we need."
Dortmund reportedly turned
down Barcelona's opening bid of
85 million euros ($100 million) to
acquire the player who played in
attack for France against England
in June in a friendly.
Dembele was fined and sus-
pended by Dortmund after skip-
ping training without permission.
He reportedly refused all contact
with the club after Barcelona made
him the initial offer.
Dembele moved to Dortmund
from Rennes last year in a trans-
fer worth 15 million euros (about
$16.7 at the time).
He scored six goals and set up 13
others in 32 Bundesliga games last
season. His contract with Dort-
mund was valid until 2021.
Manchester United paid 105
million euros (then $116 million)
to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus
in what was a record transfer last
year, but there was no mention of
add-ons on that deal. (AP)
Ousmane Dembele, formerly of
Manu Ginobili is returning for his
16th season with the San Antonio
The Spurs re-signed the 40-year-old
Argentine guard yesterday. Terms of the
deal weren't disclosed.
Ginobili will become the eighth play-
er in NBA history to spend his entire
career with one team and play at least
16 seasons, joining Tim Duncan, Tony
Parker, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki,
John Stockton, Reggie Miller and John
Ginobili averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 as-
sists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last
In 992 career regular-season games,
he has averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 assists
and 3.6 rebounds.
In 213 playoff games, the four-time
NBA champion has averaged 14.1 points,
4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, right, passes the ball around Cleveland
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. AP PHOTO
...as Federer, Nadal could meet in semis
for 16th season
Dembele replaces Neymar Europa league draw
clash at US Open
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