Lionel Messi breaks arm, out three weeks

A painful broken arm will keep Barcelona star Lionel Messi off the pitch for some time.
A painful broken arm will keep Barcelona star Lionel Messi off the pitch for some time. MANU FERNANDEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Soccer star Lionel Messi broke a bone in his right arm and will be sidelined for about three weeks. Barcelona made the announcement on Saturday after Messi left their Spanish league match against Sevilla in the first half at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona. Barcelona won, 4-2, with Messi scoring the team’s second goal in the 12th minute. Messi was trying to reclaim the ball when he ran into the back of a defender and fell in the 17th minute. Trying to cushion his landing, his right elbow bent badly. He was in visible pain and treated by team doctors. They wrapped his elbow with bandages and the playmaker tried to continue, but he eventually left the field. Messi was taken to a clinic and the club said tests showed a ‘‘fracture of the radial bone.’’


Koepka up by four strokes

Brooks Koepka improved his chances of taking over as No. 1 golfer in the world, shooting a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 for a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in Jeju Island, South Korea. Koepka had a three-round total of 13-under 203. Ian Poulter shot 68 and was tied for second place with second-round leader Scott Piercy, who had a 72 . . . Carlota Ciganda shot a 5-under 67 to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai . . . Jay Haas shot a 7-under 65 — missing his age by a stroke — to take a two-shot lead in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va.


Osaka vs. Stephens set

Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens, the last two US Open champions, will make their career debuts at the WTA Finals by playing each other in their first match in Singapore on Monday. The initial stage of the eight-player WTA Finals field is a round-robin competition with two teams of four players. The two players with the best record from each round-robin group advance to next Saturday’s semifinals . . . Russian Daria Kasatkina won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow as qualifier Ons Jabeur narrowly failed to become the first WTA winner from Tunisia. Jabeur was a set and a break up at 4-1 when she seemed to tire in her eighth match in as many days, allowing Kasatkina to win, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 . . . Julia Goerges beat unseeded Belinda Bencic, 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the Luxembourg Open for her sixth career title . . . Ernests Gulbis reached his first ATP final since 2014 by beating top-seeded John Isner, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, at the Stockholm Open in Sweden. Gulbis, a former French Open semifinalist, will play Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s championship match in his bid for a seventh career title. The third-seeded Tsitsipas topped Fabio Fognini, 6-3, 6-2, to advance . . . Top-seeded Kyle Edmund and Gael Monfils will meet in the final of the Europeon Open in Antwerp, Belgium. In the semifinals. Edmonds beat 2016 champion Richard Gasquet, 6-3, 6-4, and Monfils hit 10 aces in defeating Diego Schwartzman, 6-3, 6-4.



Altuve has knee surgery

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve had surgery on his right knee to repair a patella (kneecap) avulsion fracture. Altuve injured his knee sliding into second base in July in Colorado and had been hobbled ever since, although he played for much of the second half of the season and all of the playoffs. Altuve is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for spring training, the team said . . . The Marlins are expected to announce Monday the signings of top Cuban prospects Victor Victor Mesa and his brother Victor Mesa Jr., according to MLB.com. Victor Victor is expected to sign for more than $5 million, and Victor Jr. is expected to receive a bonus near $1 million . . . Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green had surgery to repair a broken jaw he suffered after taking an elbow to the face during the third quarter of his team’s 137-117 home victory on Friday night . . . Lewis Hamilton secured the pole position for the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, where the Mercedes driver could clinch a fifth career Formula One auto racing championship Sunday . . . Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov won the Skate America pairs figure skating title in Everett, Wash. Americans Ashley Cain and Timothy Leduc finished third. Americans Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim were fourth . . . Javier Castellano won consecutive races at Belmont Park in New York to give the Hall of Fame jockey his 5,000th career victory in North America.