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Nadal's advice for injured stars -- accept, keep going
Aug 17

Nadal's advice for injured stars -- accept, keep going

Cincinnati : Once and future world number one Rafael Nadal has some advice for men's tennis stars in danger of missing the US Open due to injury -- accept it and keep going. The 31-year-old Spaniard defeated France's Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the third round at the ATP Cincinnati...

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Ronaldo’s appeal rejected
Aug 17

Ronaldo’s appeal rejected

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo blasted his treatment by the Spanish Football Federation as “persecution” after his appeal against a five-game ban was rejected yesterday. The World Player of the Year will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday (kick off 2100GMT)...

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China Under-20 team to play in German league
Aug 16

China Under-20 team to play in German league

Beijing : China's Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes of the much-maligned national side. China's Communist government, led by football fan President Xi Jinping, is throwing money at the sport in hopes of ending years of...

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Seferovic lifts Benfica
Aug 16

Seferovic lifts Benfica

Lisbon : Portuguese champions Benfica needed a stoppage-time strike from summer signing Haris Seferovic to secure a 1-0 win away to Chaves in their second outing of the new campaign on Monday. The Swiss international forward turned in a Rafa Silva assist in the 92nd minute to make it two wins from two outings...

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Berdych joins Team Europe
Aug 16

Berdych joins Team Europe

Prague : Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg said yesterday he had picked world number fifteen Tomas Berdych for Team Europe facing Team World at September’s inaugural Laver Cup in Prague. “Tomas signalled early he wanted to be part of this innovative new tournament and I’m delighted he will be...

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Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam
Aug 16

Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam

New York : Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova of Russia will play her first Grand Slam event since serving a 15-month doping suspension after receiving a wildcard Tuesday into the US Open. The move by the US Tennis Association (USTA) comes after Sharapova, ranked 148th this week, was rejected for a...

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Kasparov suffers first loss in comeback event
Aug 16

Kasparov suffers first loss in comeback event

St. Louis : Chess legend Garry Kasparov on Tuesday suffered the first loss of his brief but highly anticipated comeback to the game, succumbing to fellow Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi and bringing his draw total to five. After three draws on Monday, the 54-year-old former world champion -- who dominated...

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Philippine fighters at risk in brain scan scam
Aug 15

Philippine fighters at risk in brain scan scam

Manila : A total of 150 professional boxers in the Philippines have been banned for falsifying brain scan results aimed at detecting serious head injuries in the sport, regulators said Tuesday. The government has been imposing strict medical testing procedures following the deaths of several Filipino boxers...

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Zverev climbs to career high 7th in ATP rankings
Aug 14

Zverev climbs to career high 7th in ATP rankings

Paris : German Alexander Zverev rose one spot to a career high seventh in the ATP rankings released on Monday following his victory at last week's Rogers Cup in Montreal. The 20-year-old stunned Swiss great Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday's final to win his second Masters 1000 title of the year,...

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Farah rebrands as 'Mohamed' for road career
Aug 14

Farah rebrands as 'Mohamed' for road career

London : British athletics great Mo Farah wants to be known as 'Mohamed' now that he is switching his focus to road racing, he has announced. "My road name is Mohamed," he said. "I just feel like Mo is done. I need to forget about what I've achieved and what I've done (on the track)." Farah, 34, made the...

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India tighten noose on Sri Lanka in 3rd Test
Aug 14

India tighten noose on Sri Lanka in 3rd Test

Pallekele : Fast bowler Mohammed Shami took two wickets as India marched towards an innings victory and a series whitewash over Sri Lanka on day three of the third Test on Monday. The hosts were 82-4 at lunch while following-on, still trailing India by 270 runs. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal on 26 and Angelo Mathews...

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Sri Lanka board clears first Pakistan tour since 2009 attack
Aug 14

Sri Lanka board clears first Pakistan tour since 2009 attack

Colombo : Sri Lanka's cricket board has approved a tour to Pakistan, eight years after a deadly militant attack against the team brought top international games there to a standstill, officials said Monday. Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said after a security assessment, the team had been...

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Western Force open legal fight against Super axe
Aug 14

Western Force open legal fight against Super axe

Sydney : Western Force opened their legal fight to remain a Super Rugby team on Monday as they requested an appeal against the decision to axe them and won an injunction against the Australian Rugby Union. The Perth club's parent body, Rugby WA, lodged the appeal request with the New South Wales Supreme Court,...

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Paulinho's Barcelona move boosts China league - Villas-Boas
Aug 14

Paulinho's Barcelona move boosts China league - Villas-Boas

Shanghai : Brazil international Paulinho's imminent move to Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande is proof of the strength of the Chinese Super League (CSL), Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas said. The 29-year-old midfielder Paulinho is reportedly poised to sign for the Spanish giants for 40 million...

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Lukaku double lifts Man United
Aug 14

Lukaku double lifts Man United

Manchester : Romelu Lukaku introduced himself to Old Trafford in triumphant fashion with two goals as Manchester United crushed West Ham United 4-0 in an impressive Premier League opener yesterday. The Belgium striker, a £75 million ($97.6 million, 82.5 million euros) signing from Everton, struck either...

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Obiri denies Ayana world double
Aug 14

Obiri denies Ayana world double

London : Kenya’s Hellen Obiri claimed consolation for her Olympic silver last year winning the women’s 5,000 metres world title yesterday. The 27-year-old produced a devastating burst down the back straight to leave defending champion Almaz Ayana trailing and went on to win in a time of 14min...

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Semenya claims 3rd world title
Aug 14

Semenya claims 3rd world title

London : South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, won a third world title in the women's 800m on Sunday. Semenya, the defending Olympic champion and also world champion in 2009 and 2011, timed 1min 55.16sec, the fastest time of the year so...

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Pandya ton lifts India to 487-9 in 3rd Test
Aug 13

Pandya ton lifts India to 487-9 in 3rd Test

Pallekele : All-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed his maiden Test century to power India to 487 for nine at lunch on day two of the third and final match against Sri Lanka on Sunday. India, who resumed the day on 329-6, lost an early wicket but overnight batsman Pandya kept up the lower-order fight with his 93-ball...

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Bolt anchors Jamaica into finals
Aug 12

Bolt anchors Jamaica into finals

London : Usain Bolt's bid to bring the curtain down on his glittering career with a 15th world gold medal remained on track as Jamaica qualified for the final of the 4x100m relay. Bolt took the unusual step of racing the relay heats, something usually reserved for the more unheralded members of the...

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Sri Lanka spinners dent India charge after Dhawan ton
Aug 12

Sri Lanka spinners dent India charge after Dhawan ton

Pallekele : Sri Lankan spinners struck back with three wickets to check India's surge after opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed a century on the opening day of the third and final Test on Saturday. The left-handed Dhawan hit a 123-ball 119 before becoming left-armer Malinda Pushpakumara's second victim at the...

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Schippers back on top of the world after hard times
Aug 12

Schippers back on top of the world after hard times

London : Dafne Schippers joined illustrious company when she retained her world 200 metres title and the frown of last year was replaced by the return of the broad grin of 2015. There may have been no Elaine Thompson, her bete noire of last year who won both the Olympic 100m and 200m with Schippers...

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Dhawan, Rahul hit 50s for India against S. Lanka
Aug 12

Dhawan, Rahul hit 50s for India against S. Lanka

Pallekele : Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul smashed quick half-centuries to take India to 134 without loss on the opening day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday. With Dhawan on 64 and Rahul on 67, it was a perfect start for the visitors as they target a series sweep after taking an...

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Schippers defends 200m title
Aug 12

Schippers defends 200m title

London : Dafne Schippers successfully defended her 200 metres world title yesterday in a thrilling final to join greats Allyson Felix and Merlene Ottey in winning the event more than once. The 25-year-old Dutchwoman, who took bronze in the 100m, timed a season’s best 22.05 seconds.  Schippers, whose...

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India bid to reinstate Sreesanth fixing ban
Aug 11

India bid to reinstate Sreesanth fixing ban

New Delhi : India's cricket board will appeal against a court order that lifted fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth's life ban for match-fixing, a senior official told AFP on Friday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not agree with the Kerala state high court order that acquitted Sreesanth for...

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 Neymar's Brazil top FIFA rankings
Aug 10

Neymar's Brazil top FIFA rankings

Paris : Captained by the Paris Saint Germain striker Neymar Brazil have knocked Germany off the top of the FIFA rankings released on Thursday. World champions Germany dropped to second despite winning the Confederations Cup last month after some rolling historical results were devalued. Lionel Messi's Argentina...

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Turbulent Sri Lanka flirt with India whitewash
Aug 10

Turbulent Sri Lanka flirt with India whitewash

Colombo : Sri Lanka are flirting with an embarrassing series whitewash in the third Test against India from Saturday as they struggle with problems on and off the pitch which have thrown the team into turbulence. A series of poor results, the early departure of their coach and accusations against players and the...

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Farah keeps dream farewell alive
Aug 10

Farah keeps dream farewell alive

London : British track legend Mo Farah sauntered into the 5,000 metres world final yesterday looking good to sign off his brilliant track championship career with a fifth successive global title double. The 34-year-old -- who has two Olympic and two world championship doubles to his credit -- showed no sign of a...

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Warholm storms home in 400m hurdles
Aug 10

Warholm storms home in 400m hurdles

London : Karsten Warholm of Norway won the men’s 400 metres hurdles world title yesterday to give his country their first gold in the event. The 21-year-old produced a stunning performance to lead from start to finish to win in 48.35 seconds with Turkey’s Yasmani Copello taking second. “I...

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PL chief doesn't foresee English Neymar move
Aug 09

PL chief doesn't foresee English Neymar move

London : Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore does not expect to see Premier League clubs pulling off transfers to match Neymar's record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain, he said on Wednesday. "I can't see anything like that (in the Premier League)," Scudamore told BBC Radio 5 Live. "When the...

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Patel to replace Jadeja for third Test
Aug 09

Patel to replace Jadeja for third Test

Colombo : Spinner and batsman Axar Patel will replace suspended Ravindra Jadeja in India's squad for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, the team said on Wednesday. Patel, 23, has played 30 one-day internationals and is now in line for his debut Test if he is picked for the match in Pallekele, starting...

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Van Niekerk  defends world 400m title
Aug 09

Van Niekerk defends world 400m title

London : South African W ayde van Niekerk got his bid for an audacious 200/400m double off to a flying start when he defended his one-lap title yesterday. Van Niekerk, who also set the world record when winning Olympic gold in Rio last year, was in imperious form, running a devastating final bend to finish in...

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Title-holder Schippers coasts, Bowie a no show
Aug 09

Title-holder Schippers coasts, Bowie a no show

London : Defending world champion Dafne Schippers eased into the 200 metres semi-finals on Tuesday with her morale further boosted by the withdrawal of newly-crowned 100m champion Tori Bowie.   Bowie, who took Olympic bronze in the 200m last year, won the 100m gold with a sensational...

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Super Cup for Madrid
Aug 09

Super Cup for Madrid

Skopje : A delightful goal by Isco proved the difference as Real Madrid survived a Manchester United fightback to win 2-1 and lift the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital of Skopje yesterday. Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer’s night in the...

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Kwiatkowski signs new deal with Team Sky
Aug 08

Kwiatkowski signs new deal with Team Sky

London : Michal Kwiatkowski signed a new three-year contract with Team Sky after his key role in Chris Froome's Tour de France win last month. Kwiatkowski was labelled as Sky's game changer in France by team principal Dave Brailsford after the Pole excelled himself in the mountains to help Froome to a fourth Tour...

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Pakistan says India tournament must be moved
Aug 08

Pakistan says India tournament must be moved

Karachi : Pakistani cricket authorities Tuesday called for an upcoming tournament in India to be moved to a neutral venue, citing security fears in the South Asian country. India is due to host the Under-19 Asia Cup in November but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it would press for a relocation at an Asian...

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Herath injured in fresh blow for Sri Lanka
Aug 08

Herath injured in fresh blow for Sri Lanka

Colombo : Key bowler Rangana Herath has joined Sri Lanka's growing injury list ahead of the start of the third and final Test against India starting Thursday, in a blow to their hopes of a consolation win. The 39-year-old spinner, Sri Lanka's number one and the world number three in Tests behind India's Ravindra...

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Sreesanth believes in World Cup miracle after life ban lifted
Aug 08

Sreesanth believes in World Cup miracle after life ban lifted

New Delhi : Indian pace bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth said Tuesday he was dreaming of playing in the 2019 World Cup after a court lifted a life ban imposed over a match-fixing scandal. The 34-year-old knows he faces a tough battle after four years in the wilderness, but he said he was inspired by the successful...

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Nadal eyes number one in Montreal with Murray sidelined
Aug 08

Nadal eyes number one in Montreal with Murray sidelined

Montreal : Rafael Nadal says he'll focus on the foes in front of him at the ATP Montreal Masters this week, and not on his chance to return to number one in the world. A semi-final run in Montreal would see the Spaniard supplant Britain's Andy Murray atop the rankings. "I don't even think about that now,"...

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Ali bowls Eng to series win
Aug 08

Ali bowls Eng to series win

Manchester : Moeen Ali finished a brilliant campaign with a five-wicket haul as England beat South Africa by 177 runs in the fourth Test at Old Trafford yesterday to seal a 3-1 series win. Victory, achieved with more than a day to spare, also saw Joe Root triumphant in his first Test series as England...

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Zidane hints Ronaldo to feature against Man United
Aug 08

Zidane hints Ronaldo to feature against Man United

Skopje : Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane indicated that Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United after travelling with the squad to Skopje on Monday. Ronaldo was surprisingly named in the reigning European champions' group for Tuesday's match in the Macedonian capital...

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Contador to retire after Vuelta a Espana
Aug 07

Contador to retire after Vuelta a Espana

Madrid : Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador announced on Monday that he will bring an illustrious career to an end next month after racing in the Vuelta a Espana on home soil. "I would like to inform you about two things. One is that I will participate in the next Vuelta a Espana from August 19 and...

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Querry moves up, Murray stays top
Aug 07

Querry moves up, Murray stays top

Paris : Sam Querrey surged into the top 20 after his win in Los Cabos, Mexico, in the latest ATP tennis world rankings released Monday. American Querrey jumped four places to 20th while the top of the tables remained stable, topped by Murray with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer second and third.   ATP...

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Arsenal win Community Shield
Aug 07

Arsenal win Community Shield

London : Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and star signing Alvaro Morata were the Chelsea fall guys as Arsenal won the Community Shield 4-1 on penalties at Wembley yesterday. Goals from Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Arsenal new boy Sead Kolasinac sent the game to a shootout and with both Courtois and Morata limply...

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Cool-headed  Marquez  at the double
Aug 07

Cool-headed Marquez at the double

Brno : Honda’s Marc Marquez led a Spanish podium sweep at the Czech GP yesterday to extend his MotoGP world championship lead with a second straight win. Dani Pedrosa was second almost 13 seconds back ahead of Maverick Vinales in third and nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi in fourth after a...

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India beat Sri Lanka to clinch Test series
Aug 06

India beat Sri Lanka to clinch Test series

Colombo : India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs on day four of the second Test to take the three-match series in Colombo on Sunday. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took five wickets to help bowl out Sri Lanka for 386 during their follow-on in the second session. Dimuth Karunaratne top-scored with a...

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Ronaldo 'wants England return'
Aug 05

Ronaldo 'wants England return'

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish court he "would like to return to England" due to his tax troubles in Spain, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Saturday. The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax on his...

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Rabada gives South Africa early edge in fourth Test
Aug 05

Rabada gives South Africa early edge in fourth Test

Manchester : Kagiso Rabada took the prize wicket of Ben Stokes as South Africa held England to 260 for six on Friday's first day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford. All-rounder Stokes, fresh from a hundred in England's 239-run victory in the third Test at The Oval, was leading a revival with the...

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Neymar waits as PSG make quick million on record investment
Aug 05

Neymar waits as PSG make quick million on record investment

Paris : Neymar will watch from the stands as Paris Saint Germain open their season Saturday, but the French club have already clawed back around a million euros on their world record investment thanks to selling a staggering 10,000 shirts bearing the Brazilian's name in just one day. The...

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Neymar, arriving Friday, pledges glory for PSG
Aug 04

Neymar, arriving Friday, pledges glory for PSG

Paris : Brazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club. The 25-year-old forward doubled the previous record fee with his 222 million euro ($264...

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Ashwin steers India to 442-5 at lunch
Aug 04

Ashwin steers India to 442-5 at lunch

Colombo : Ravichandran Ashwin closed in on his half-century as India reached 442 for five at lunch on day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Friday. India, who resumed on 344-3, lost two of their overnight centurions in Cheteshwar Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132) as Sri Lankan bowlers tried to...

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