Manuel Locatelli scored two goals and Italy beat Switzerland, 3-0, Wednesday to become the first team to advance to the last 16 of the European Championship. Locatelli’s first goal came following a textbook exchange with Sassuolo teammate Domenico Berardi midway through the first half in Rome. His second came with a long and low shot shortly after the break that left Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer immobile. Ciro Immobile added the last goal from long range in the 89th minute. Giorgio Chiellini had a goal waved off by video review early in the match because of a handball. Then the Italy captain exited with an apparent left thigh injury. As usual — and perhaps the only characteristic carried on from Italy teams of the past — the defense was impenetrable. It’s quite a turnaround for a team that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Italy extended its unbeaten streak to 29 matches — one shy of the team record — and kept its 10th clean sheet in that run ... Gareth Bale set up both goals and missed a penalty in Wales’ 2-0 victory over Turkey at Baku, Azerbaijan. Bale played a lobbed pass over the defense that Aaron Ramsey chested down before knocking it past onrushing Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Çakir in the 42nd minute. Connor Roberts scored the second goal in the final seconds of injury time after Bale dribbled along the touchline from a short corner ... Aleksei Miranchuk finally gave host Russia something to smile about at Euro 2020, producing the one moment of class in a chaotic game and giving his team a 1-0 win over Finland in St, Petersburg. Miranchuk collected the ball on the edge of the area and slipped a short ball forward to Dzyuba, who laid it off deftly back to the playmaker. Miranchuk took one touch to cut inside Finland defender Daniel O’Shaughnessy and floated his shot beyond goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky and into the top corner in first-half stoppage time.
Real Madrid announces exit of Sergio Ramos after 16 years
Sergio Ramos is officially leaving Real Madrid after 16 years and four Champions League titles. Madrid have called a news conference for Thursday as “an institutional act of tribute and farewell to our captain Sergio Ramos.” The 35-year-old defender has failed to agree a new contract and will leave as a free agent. Ramos missed much of the past season with injuries and was not selected by Spain for the European Championship. He was a member of the Spain team which won an unprecedented title hat trick at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2012. Ramos made 671 appearances for Real, winning 22 major trophies in the process.
Mayfield in no rush over contract extension
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, whose strong 2020 season seemingly ended any debate about whether he can lead the franchise over the long term, said Wednesday that he’s in no rush to get a contract extension. “I’m just trying to win games,” Mayfield said before practice. “It’ll handle itself.” Mayfield’s fifth-year contract option worth $18.8 million was picked up in April by the Browns, who are now considering whether to lock him up beyond the 2022 season. The team has several other long-term deals to consider, with star running back Nick Chubb, cornerback Denzel Ward, and guard Wyatt Teller all eligible for extensions. Mayfield bounced back from a shaky second year in the NFL by leading the Browns last season to their first playoff appearance since 2003. He found his groove after Cleveland’s bye week and finished with 26 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in the regular season.
Katie Ledecky wins her shortest, longest races at trials
On another memorable night for the American swimming star, Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle and the historic 1,500 free about 70 minutes apart at the U.S. Olympic trials Wednesday, locking up two more individual events for the Tokyo Games. First, a relative sprint over four laps — the shortest event on Ledecky’s program. Then, a grueling metric mile comprising 30 laps — the longest race in pool swimming and one that will be making its Olympic debut for the women in Tokyo. Her short time between races was chaotically choreographed to keep Ledecky as fresh as possible for the 1,500. “The goal was to get in the warm-down pool as quickly as I could,” she said. “I tried to keep moving, hydrated and swam for 15-20 minutes before they pulled me to go back to the awards (ceremony). I ate a banana, drank chocolate milk and water, put a jacket on as I was walking.” It worked out just fine. The 24-year-old from the nation’s capital touched the wall far ahead of everyone else with a winning time of 15 minutes, 40.50 seconds — well off her 2018 world record (15:20.48) but fastest in the world this year ... Tate Matheny homered and drove in three runs in a 5-4 Portland Sea Dogs win against Binghamton . . . A five-run fifth inning sunk the Worcester Red Sox, 8-2, against Lehigh Valley, with Daniel Gossett surrendering six earned runs