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In the world of football, the Newcastle United’s Sporting Director Dan Ashworth, who has told the Magpies club about wanting to join Manchester United, is currently being put on a gardening leave. The  American golfer Tiger Woods revealed the reason behind his withdrawal from the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.  England scrumhalf Alex Mitchell will be missing Saturday's Six Nations clash against Scotland due to a knee injury. Mitchell will be replaced by Harry Randall, as per the Rugby Football Union.

Read below to learn details about these top stories and other happenings in the sporting world in the last 24 hours.

Football

Newcastle United put Sporting Director Dan Ashworth on gardening leave after Manchester United interest

Newcastle United have put Dan Ashworht, the Sporting Director, on gardening leave after he told them about wanting to join Manchester United amidst interest from the English giants. The 52-year-old, who is under contract with Newcastle United until 2025, can’t join any other club unless compensation is agreed, which is why the Magpies could reportedly ask for a fee well in excess of £10m to let him go to Manchester United.

Bayern Munich stumble to third straight defeats in nine days

Bayern Munich lost to VfL Bochum by 2-3 at Vonovia Ruhrstadion in the Bundesliga, which was their third straight defeat in nine days. The German champions were beaten at Bayer Leverkusen in the league with a 0-3 margin last weekend, followed by a 0-1 loss to Lazio away in the midweek in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg. 

Kylian Mbappe agrees five-year deal with Real Madrid: Reports

The French forward Kylian Mbappe has reportedly agreed a five-year deal with Real Madrid to join the club after he told Paris Saint-Germain about his intention to leave them in the summer, as per Marca. The 25-year-old will be arriving as the highest paid in the Real Madrid squad due to his unofficial status as the best player in the world, but his salary won’t be astronomical in comparison to his future teammates.

Liverpool hope to lure Xabi Alonso to replace outgoing manager Jurgen Klopp: Reports

Liverpool are reportedly hoping to lure the Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso, along with their Sporting Director Simon Rolfes, to replace the outgoing manager Jurgen Klopp and already departed Sporting Director Jorg Schmadtke respectively. As per the Football Insider sources, the Merseyside club are looking forward to bringing in the duo from Bayer Leverkusen after they transformed the German club into a force it is today.

Some major results in football are as under:

Premier League 2023-24

Sheffield United 0-5 Brighton

Luton Town 1-2 Manchester United

La Liga 2023-24

Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Real Madrid

Mallorca 1-2 Real Sociedad

Bundesliga 2023-24

Vfl Bochum 2-1 Bayern Munich

SC Freiburg 3-3 Eintracht Frankfurt

Serie A 2023-24

Frosinone 0-3 Roma

Monza 4-2 AC Milan

Ligue 1 2023-24

Monaco 1-2 Toulouse

Brest 1-0 Marseille

Eredivisie 2023-24

Ajax 2-2 NEC

Saudi Pro League 2023-24

Al-Hilal 3-1 Al-Raed

Al-Ittihad 2-0 Al-Riyadh

Golf

Tiger Woods reveals flu as reason behind  withdrawing from Genesis Invitational  

American golfer Tiger   Woods revealed the reason behind his withdrawal from the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Taking to social media, Woods shared,  "I would like to confirm that I had to withdraw from (the Genesis Invitational) due to illness, which we now know is influenza," the 15-time major champion wrote on Twitter. "I am resting and feeling better. Good luck to the players this weekend. I'm disappointed to not be there and want to thank (the tournament) and all the fans for the support."

Tennis

Jannik Sinner wins Rotterdam Open with 7-5 6-4 victory over Alex de Minaur

Australian Open 2024 winner Jannik  Sinner lifted his first major since defeating Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne Park by taking down  Alex de Minaur  7-5 6-4  in the Rotterdam final.  and extended his winning streak to 12 matches. Speaking about his win,  "Every time you win a title, it doesn't matter how big, it means a lot," Sinner said.  "I had a bit more attention (as Australian Open champion), but when you earn something, you have to deal with that. I felt like I was trying to put 100% effort into everything I've done and that's the result of this week."

Facundo Diaz Acosta wins maiden ATP title in  Buenos Aires

Argentine wild card Facundo Diaz Acosta took home his maiden ATP title in Buenos Aires on Sunday by defeating Nicolas Jarry, who took down Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals. World number 87 Diaz Acosta registered a 6-3, 6-4 victory, sealing the triumph on a sixth match point. Before this triumph, 23-year-old southpaw Diaz Acosta had only won four tour-level matches in his career. But this victory has catapulted him to 59 in the world rankings.

Rugby

Alex Mitchell ruled out of England's Six Nations clash against Scotland

England scrumhalf Alex Mitchell will be missing Saturday's Six Nations clash against Scotland due to a knee injury. Mitchell will be replaced by Harry Randall, as per the Rugby Football Union. England have also received a boost with the return of centre Ollie Lawrence, who missed the first two games against Italy and Wales through injury.  Marcus Smith will also return to the squad as the flyhalf continues after recovering from injury.