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Chelsea FC agree to sell Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid for a reported $77 million fee

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Chelsea have confirmed that disgruntled striker Diego Costa has been sold to Atletico Madrid in a blockbuster 57 million pound ($77 million) move, pending personal terms and a physical.

If Costa agrees to terms and passes the physical, he’ll join Atletico in January when the winter transfer window opens.

After a summer filled with numerous reports of tension between Costa and Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte, the two sides ultimately found a mutually beneficial resolution.

The Brazilian-born Spanish international striker never settled in London after agreeing to join Chelsea from Atletico in 2014 and was very public in his desire to leave the club. He rejoins Diego Simeone’s side in La Liga after scoring 52 league goals in 89 Premier League appearances for the Blues.

For Chelsea, the side will likely be thrilled that the public acrimony between both sides didn’t affect Costa’s transfer value. The team bought the striker at 25 for 32 million pounds and almost received double that amount in selling him.

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College Football Week 2 Odds Roundup: Ohio State TD Favorite vs. Oklahoma

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One year after handling the Big 12’s best on the road by a margin of three touchdowns, the Ohio State Buckeyes face another challenge from the Oklahoma Sooners.

Ohio State, led by QB J.T. Barrett, is listed as a 7-point favorite against Oklahoma with a 64.5-point total at sportsbooks monitored by Ohio State is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games against the Big 12. However, the Buckeyes are just 5-9 ATS at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2015 season.

The total has gone over in seven of Oklahoma’s last eight games on the road.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 4.5-point favorites against the Georgia Bulldogs on the Week 2 college football odds with a 57.5-point total. Notre Dame is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games at home in September.

The USC Trojans are 6.5-point favorites against the Stanford Cardinal with a 55-point total. Stanford is 7-2 straight-up in its last nine games against USC. Southern Cal is 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS in its last 10 home games as a favorite of 6.5 or fewer points.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are heavy 43.5-point chalk against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Fresno State is 0-5 SU in its last five games against the SEC, but 6-1 ATS in its last seven games overall. The total has gone under in six of Alabama’s last seven games at home.

The TCU Horned Frogs are 3.5-point road favorites against the Arkansas Razorbacks with a 59-point total. TCU is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games. Arkansas is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games against the Big 12.

The Michigan Wolverines are 34.5-point favorites against the Cincinnati Bearcats with a 48.5-point total. Cincinnati is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games in September. The total has gone over in Michigan’s last four home games in September.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 21-point favorites against the Pittsburgh Panthers with a 67-point total. Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last five games against Penn State. The total has gone over in five of Penn State’s last six games in September.

The Louisville Cardinals are 9.5-point road favorites against the North Carolina Tar Heels with a 62.5-point total. Louisville is 4-0 ATS in its last four games against North Carolina, but North Carolina is 11-3 SU in its last 14 home games.

The Oregon Ducks are 14-point favorites against the Nebraska Cornhuskers with a 69-point total. Nebraska is 2-4-1 ATS in its last seven games against the Pac 12. Oregon is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games.

And the UCLA Bruins are 23-point favorites against the Hawaii Warriors with a 62-point total. Hawaii is 4-6 ATS in its last 10 September road games according to the OddsShark College Football Database. UCLA is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games.

Maria Sharapova loses in the fourth round of US Open

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NEW YORK — Maybe this was just one three-setter too many for Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova tried a bit of everything, even resorting to switching over her racket to hit a few lefty shots. Still, the five-time major champion could not quite keep her Grand Slam comeback from a doping suspension going, losing in the fourth round of the U.S. Open to 16th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.

This was the third time in her four matches that Sharapova went the distance and she faded down the stretch, while also dealing with a right hand that was treated and taped by a trainer in the final set. Sharapova’s miscues kept closing exchanges, and she dropped 13 of the first 14 points in that set.

The 30-year-old Russian finished with 51 unforced errors, compared to 14 for Sevastova.

Sharapova hadn’t played in a major tournament since the Australian Open in January 2016, when she tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium. She served a 15-month ban for that, returning to the tour this April with a ranking too low to get into Grand Slam events.

The French Open denied her a wild-card invitation, then she planned to try to qualify for Wimbledon before pulling out because of an injured left leg.

But she was able to enter the U.S. Open thanks to a wild card from the U.S. Tennis Association, which then proceeded to put its 2006 champion in Arthur Ashe Stadium every time she played over the past week, drawing strong support from spectators — and criticism from another former No. 1-ranked woman, Caroline Wozniacki.

Sevastova made Sharapova run a lot by pulling her forward with drop shots or tight angles, then would often deposit follow-up strokes into open spaces. On one point won by Sharapova in the second set, she twice tracked down lobs that she got back over the net by hitting the ball left-handed.

But she could not sustain enough strong play, and Sevastova advanced to the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.

That’s where she will face unseeded American Sloane Stephens, who reached her first quarter in New York by eliminating No. 30 Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Stephens has won 12 of her past 14 matches, a remarkable run for someone who was off the tour for 11 months because of foot surgery in January.