* Olympique Lyonnais have agreed a deal to appoint Sylvinho as their next head coach, according to media reports in France. The former Barcelona and Arsenal player was named Brazil’s Under-23 team coach for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in April.
* World number 11 John Isner on Friday (May 17) withdrew from the French Open, the season’s second Grand Slam tournament, with a foot injury. The 34-year-old said he had not recovered from the injury he suffered at the Miami Masters in March where he finished runner-up to Roger Federer.
* Dutch racer Beitske Visser ended the practice domination of inaugural W Series race winner Jamie Chadwick on Friday ahead of the second round of the all-female championship at Zolder in Belgium.
* Brazilian coach Tite included Manchester City’s Fernandinho for his Copa America squad on Friday, but there was no place for Spurs forward Lucas Moura or Liverpool midfielder Fabinho.
* Carli Lloyd scored twice as the United States thrashed New Zealand 5-0 in a 2019 Women’s World Cup warm-up international on Thursday (May 17).
* European soccer’s governing body UEFA launched a five-year plan for women’s football on Friday, aiming to double the number of women and girls playing the sport by 2024.
* Japan on Friday (May 17) passed laws to ban drones being flown over Tokyo 2020 Olympic sites and US military facilities as a measure aimed at preventing terror attacks.
* Spain’s World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas is likely to soon announce the end of his goalkeeping career after suffering a heart attack on May 1, Portuguese sports newspaper O Jogo cited the president of his club Porto as saying.
* UEFA have defended their decision to stage the Europa League final in Baku following a letter from finalists Arsenal, who sought an explanation from European soccer’s governing body because of the inconvenience caused to their travelling fans.
* Double Olympic biathlon champion Laura Dahlmeier announced her retirement from the sport on Friday after a rollercoaster season that saw her miss out on gold at the world championships.
* Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been handed a suspended one-match touchline ban from European competitions after a late kick off in their Champions League semi-final against Ajax Amsterdam, UEFA said on Friday.
* UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Friday (May 17) that no changes will be made to the Champions League format without consulting with Europe’s national association members.