Sport in brief
Simon Yates has signed a new two-year deal to remain with Mitchelton-Scott until the end of the 2022 season. The 2018 Vuelta a Espana champion and two-time Tour de France stage winner had been linked with a move away from the team after a spell of uncertainty over their long-term future in the sport following the collapse of a takeover deal involving the Manuela Fundacion earlier this summer. But with a new commitment in place from owner Gerry Ryan, Yates, 28, has finalised a two-year deal to stay with the team he joined alongside his twin brother Adam when they turned professional in 2014.
St Helens winger Tommy Makinson has been banned for five games and fined £500 after pleading guilty having been charged with “other contrary behaviour”. The England international was involved in an incident in the 13th minute of Sunday’s Super League game, where he appeared to grab the testicles of Castleford prop Liam Watts. A Rugby Football League operational rules tribunal ruled yesterday that the offence was Grade E, the fifth most serious of the six available categories.