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Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal
Apr 28

Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal

Manchester : Jose Mourinho identified Liverpool and Arsenal as Manchester United's chief rivals for Champions League qualification following his side's 0-0 draw at fellow top-four contenders Manchester City. Thursday's stalemate at the Etihad Stadium left United just a point below local foes City,...

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Japanese fans banned over 'Nazi' flag
Apr 28

Japanese fans banned over 'Nazi' flag

Tokyo : Japan's Gamba Osaka have banned dozens of fans indefinitely after a flag similar to the Nazi SS insignia was waved during a J-League football match. The flag, which bore a double 'S' in the style of the Nazi paramilitary force, was seen during Gamba's 2-2 draw against city rivals Cerezo Osaka on April...

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Sports broadcasting giant ESPN forced to reinvent itself
Apr 28

Sports broadcasting giant ESPN forced to reinvent itself

New York : ESPN, the giant of American sports television channels, has been losing subscribers by the millions while being clobbered by increasingly expensive broadcast rights. The company must reinvent itself quickly in order to survive. But how? Since its founding in 1979, in the town of Bristol, Connecticut, the...

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Xavi hungry for elusive first Qatar trophy
Apr 28

Xavi hungry for elusive first Qatar trophy

Doha : In 17 golden years at Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez won some 25 trophies playing for the Catalan giants, including eight La Liga and four Champions League titles. But as the midfielder approaches the end of his second season with Al Sadd he has yet to win a single trophy in Qatar. That however...

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Pakistan postpones Bangladesh tour
Apr 27

Pakistan postpones Bangladesh tour

Karachi : Pakistan's cricket chief said Thursday that a scheduled visit to Bangladesh this summer has been postponed for at least a year after the Bangladeshis refused to reciprocate the tour because of security fears. Pakistan was due to play two Tests, three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match in Bangladesh...

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Man Utd drumbeat booms for flagging Guardiola
Apr 27

Man Utd drumbeat booms for flagging Guardiola

London : Jose Mourinho has an opportunity to score a seismic victory over his old foe Pep Guardiola when his Manchester United side visit misfiring Manchester City on Thursday. Guardiola oversaw a one-sided 2-1 win when he and Mourinho resumed hostilities in September and was generally felt to have made a bigger...

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 Hamilton determined to avoid Sochi 'screw-up'
Apr 27

Hamilton determined to avoid Sochi 'screw-up'

Sochi : Lewis Hamilton will arrive in Sochi ahead of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix determined not to lose any more ground in his tightly-contested battle with Sebastian Vettel in this year’s title race. The three-time world champion knows that even the smallest of errors, by driver or team, can...

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Serena to be back on the court after baby
Apr 26

Serena to be back on the court after baby

Vancouver : Superstar athlete Serena Williams late Tuesday promised she would be  back on the court after becoming a mom, with her baby hopefully cheering her on. Williams spoke playfully and candidly about family, competition, and her accidently unveiled pregnancy during an on-stage chat with...

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Ice cold in Stuttgart as Sharapova begins long road back
Apr 26

Ice cold in Stuttgart as Sharapova begins long road back

Stuttgart : Maria Sharapova returns from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday with tournament promoters drooling over profit margins while rivals condemn the smooth road prepared for the Russian superstar's rehabilitation. When the former world number one and five-time Grand Slam title winner walks onto centre...

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Wood handed England recall for Champions Trophy
Apr 25

Wood handed England recall for Champions Trophy

London : England have called up fit-again Mark Wood for the forthcoming Champions Trophy campaign, but his fellow pace bowler Steven Finn has been left out of the 15-man squad. Wood has returned to fitness after being sidelined for several months following a third...

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Mathews to lead Sri Lanka at Champions Trophy
Apr 24

Mathews to lead Sri Lanka at Champions Trophy

Colombo : Angelo Mathews will return as Sri Lanka skipper for the Champions Trophy after missing the ODI series against South Africa, the tour of Australia and the home series against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka Cricket Monday announced a 15-member squad led by Mathews, who cut short his tour of South Africa...

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Toure lets fly at referee as Manchester derby looms
Apr 24

Toure lets fly at referee as Manchester derby looms

London : Yaya Toure has said he would "prefer" Thursday's Manchester derby to go ahead without a referee after claiming his City side had been on the wrong end of decisions in their FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal. Referee Craig Pawson was in the spotlight after City were denied what appeared to be a...

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Nadal fifth in ATP rankings after Monte Carlo win
Apr 24

Nadal fifth in ATP rankings after Monte Carlo win

Paris : Rafael Nadal moved up to fifth in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday a day after claiming a record 10th Monte Carlo title. Spain's 30-year-old king of clay won his 50th trophy on his favourite surface, his 70th overall and his first title in almost a year as he beat compatriot Albert...

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Pregnant Serena back in world number one spot
Apr 24

Pregnant Serena back in world number one spot

Paris :US tennis star Serena Williams returned to the world number one spot in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday, days after announcing her pregnancy. The 35-year-old moved up one place during a week dedicated to Fed Cup action ahead of Germany's Angelique Kerber with Czech Karolina Pliskova holding third...

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Kohli pain after Bangalore set new low in IPL
Apr 24

Kohli pain after Bangalore set new low in IPL

New Delhi : Skipper Virat Kohli said "it really hurts" after Royal Challengers Bangalore slumped to a record low score of 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. Chasing a modest 132, the Bangalore batsmen -- including Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers -- crashed in just 9.4 overs to mark a...

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Cycling: Italy's Scarponi killed in training crash
Apr 22

Cycling: Italy's Scarponi killed in training crash

Rome : Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday in a road accident while out training on his bike, his Astana team and Italian media said. "This is a tragedy too big to be written," Astana wrote on Twitter, paying tribute to the 37-year-old, who won the Giro d'Italia in...

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 Serena expecting baby this year
Apr 20

Serena expecting baby this year

Los Angeles : Serena Williams is expecting a baby this year, her spokesperson confirmed Wednesday, hours after the tennis great hinted at the news in a Snapchat post. "I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall," Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak said in a statement emailed to...

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 Bahrain International Circuit opens its gates today for Formula 1
Apr 14

Bahrain International Circuit opens its gates today for Formula 1

Manama : Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) opens its gates today morning for the long-awaited start to the 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The three-day event marks the third round of this year’s FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and the first night race of the season, taking place this...

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Bangladeshi team in protest concedes 92 off 4 balls
Apr 12

Bangladeshi team in protest concedes 92 off 4 balls

Dhaka : A Bangladeshi cricket team conceded 92 runs in just four balls to deliberately lose a match in what they called a protest over biased umpiring in their league. In the 50-over match of Dhaka Second Division League on Tuesday, Lalmatia Club were dismissed for just 88 off 14 overs before opponents Axiom...

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China head coach to retire after 24 years
Apr 12

China head coach to retire after 24 years

Beijing : Li Yongbo, who led the Chinese national badminton team to gold medal victory at six Olympic games, will step down as head coach, media reports said Wednesday.  Fans have been calling for Li's retirement since China's subpar performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where they won only two gold medals, the...

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Injured Hummels out of Bayern clash with Real
Apr 10

Injured Hummels out of Bayern clash with Real

Berlin : Bayern Munich's German international defender Mats Hummels is out of Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final home clash with Real Madrid after injuring his ankle in training. Hummels, who suffered a tear to the ligament in his right ankle on Sunday and faces a race to be fit for the return...

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Indian stars in spat over Davis Cup selection
Apr 10

Indian stars in spat over Davis Cup selection

New Delhi : A simmering feud between tennis stalwarts Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi has boiled over into an ugly public spat following India's latest Davis Cup triumph in Bangalore. No sooner had the hosts sealed a 4-1 win Sunday over Uzbekistan in the second round...

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Lewis Hamilton roars to victory in Chinese Grand Prix
Apr 09

Lewis Hamilton roars to victory in Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton powered to victory in a chaotic Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on Sunday, taking swift revenge for his defeat by Sebastian Vettel in the Formula One season-opener. The Briton, who started on pole, steered his Mercedes to his fifth Chinese Grand Prix win, beating Vettel's Ferrari by just...

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Djokovic shines as Serbia, France eye Davis Cup semi-finals
Apr 08

Djokovic shines as Serbia, France eye Davis Cup semi-finals

Paris : Novak Djokovic put Serbia on course for the Davis Cup semi-finals on Friday as the 2010 champions dominated a Spanish team missing Rafael Nadal while Britain, without Andy Murray, slipped 2-0 down to France. World number two Djokovic shrugged off his recent elbow injury to...

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Pakistan's Younis Khan to retire after Windies Tests
Apr 08

Pakistan's Younis Khan to retire after Windies Tests

Karachi : Veteran Pakistan batsman and former captain Younis Khan announced on Saturday he will retire from international cricket after the upcoming Test series in the West Indies. The 39 year-old has captained Pakistan in all three formats, and in 2009 led them to their only World Twenty20 title in...

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Man City confirm deal to buy Uruguayan club
Apr 06

Man City confirm deal to buy Uruguayan club

London : Manchester City's owners have confirmed their purchase of Uruguayan club Atletico Torque as the Abu Dhabi-based investors add to their growing portfolio. City's parent company, City Football Group (CFG), announced second tier Atletico will become part of their global network of clubs. They already own Major...

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Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010
Apr 06

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

Zurich : Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in seven years on Thursday, made all the sweeter as it usurped great rivals Argentina. It caps a terrific week for forward Neymar and Brazil -- last week they became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their...

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China's Hisense to sponsor 2018 World Cup
Apr 06

China's Hisense to sponsor 2018 World Cup

Zurich : Consumer electronics giant Hisense has become an official sponsor of the 2018 World Cup, becoming the second Chinese company to join hands with FIFA as it looks for new sponsors after the scandals of the Sepp Blatter era. Hisense, a television and white goods manufacturer, follows Chinese conglomerate...

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Cricket superstar Tendulkar changes pitch in new musical innings
Apr 06

Cricket superstar Tendulkar changes pitch in new musical innings

Mumbai : Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is making his name on a pitch of a different kind -- hitting all the right notes in his singing debut. The cricketing icon has released his first single "Cricket Wali Beat" (The Cricket Beat), with fans celebrating the musical breakthrough from "the voice of...

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Pakistan's Misbah says to retire after Windies Test
Apr 06

Pakistan's Misbah says to retire after Windies Test

Lahore : Pakistan's illustrious Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq will retire after the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, he announced Thursday, after months of speculation over his future. "The series against the West Indies is my last series," the 42-year-old told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore,...

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LA blames Paris over Facebook 'likes' story
Apr 05

LA blames Paris over Facebook 'likes' story

Aarhus : Los Angeles on Wednesday accused rival Paris of being behind reports that the US city bought Facebook "likes" to artificially boost it's bid to secure the 2024 Games. Campaigning by the two cities is reaching a peak ahead of an International Olympic Committee decision on September 13 on which...

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Ronaldo, Bale left out of Leganes trip
Apr 05

Ronaldo, Bale left out of Leganes trip

Madrid : Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rested Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for Wednesday's trip to Leganes ahead of a huge week for the European champions. Madrid host local rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday before travelling to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their...

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Qatar in talks to host Club World Cup
Apr 05

Qatar in talks to host Club World Cup

Doha : Qatar is in discussion with FIFA to host several major international tournaments ahead of 2022 including the Club World Cup currently held by Real Madrid, sources familiar with the matter have said.  The Gulf state could also be the venue for the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups. Sources say each of...

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Mercedes on red alert as Wolff backs Hamilton
Apr 05

Mercedes on red alert as Wolff backs Hamilton

Shanghai : Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has backed Lewis Hamilton to exact swift revenge at Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix after a chastening defeat in Formula One's season opener in Australia. Sebastian Vettel's comprehensive victory for Ferrari has put Mercedes on red alert ahead of the Shanghai race weekend but...

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India to host Brave
Apr 03

India to host Brave

Manama : The fifth edition of Brave Combat Federation Championship will be held in India on April 22 at the Dome National Sports Club of India Stadium in Mumbai, announced HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Honorary President of the Bahrain...

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Konta beats Wozniacki for Miami WTA title
Apr 03

Konta beats Wozniacki for Miami WTA title

Miami : Johanna Konta defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3  to win the Miami Open on Saturday - the biggest title won by a British woman in 40 years. Konta, who had never won an elite WTA premier mandatory event, will move to number seven in the world rankings with the victory.  The...

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 Federer downs Nadal to win Miami Open
Apr 03

Federer downs Nadal to win Miami Open

Miami : Roger Federer defeated long-standing rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win the Miami Open on Sunday and continue his outstanding start to the year. Since returning from his six month injury lay-off, the 35-year-old Federer has also won the Australian Open and Indian Wells and he heads...

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Formula 2 testing at Bahrain International Circuit
Mar 31

Formula 2 testing at Bahrain International Circuit

Manama : Nicholas Latifi set the pace yesterday on the second day of Formula 2 pre-season testing at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir. The DAMS ace clocked a fastest lap of (one minute 40.541 seconds) to top the times in a very competitive morning session, which saw each of the quickest seven...

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Manny Pacquiao back in talks to fight Jeff Horn
Mar 31

Manny Pacquiao back in talks to fight Jeff Horn

Manila : Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is back in talks for a possible fight with unbeaten Australian Jeff Horn, the Filipino world champion's adviser said Friday. The announcement follows the much-publicised collapse of a $38 million bout between Pacquiao and Britain's Amir Khan, reportedly after investors in the...

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Britain's Konta downs Venus to reach Miami final
Mar 31

Britain's Konta downs Venus to reach Miami final

Miami : Britain's Johanna Konta beat Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5 in a grueling battle Thursday to reach the WTA Miami Open final, where she will face Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. The Australian-born 25-year-old broke Williams in the first game and played aggressively throughout the opening set. Williams...

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Pakistan ban bowler Irfan for one year
Mar 30

Pakistan ban bowler Irfan for one year

Karachi : Pakistan have suspended fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for one year and fined him $10,000 after he admitted failing to report approaches by bookmakers linked to spot-fixing, cricket authorities said Wednesday. The 34-year-old said he had not spoken out at the time because he was under mental stress following...

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Venus downs Kerber to set up Konta clash in Miami
Mar 30

Venus downs Kerber to set up Konta clash in Miami

Miami : Venus Williams rolled back the years to send world number one Angelique Kerber crashing out of the Miami Open on Wednesday and advance to a semi-final showdown with Britain's Johanna Konta. Williams, at 36 the oldest woman in the field, downed Kerber in straight sets, winning 7-5, 6-3 while Konta fought back...

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Nadal on track for Federer showdown as Sock downed
Mar 30

Nadal on track for Federer showdown as Sock downed

Miami : Rafael Nadal took a step closer to a possible final against long-time rival Roger Federer in the Miami Open after a straight sets win over American Jack Sock on Wednesday at Key Biscayne. Nadal's 6-2, 6-3 win over the 13th-seeded Sock sets up a semi-final meeting with unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini who upset...

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Brazil book World Cup berth, Argentina tumble
Mar 29

Brazil book World Cup berth, Argentina tumble

Montevideo : Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina's campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi. Five-time champions Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from Neymar,...

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India thrash Australia to clinch Test series
Mar 28

India thrash Australia to clinch Test series

  Dharmashala : India underlined their status as the world's number one side as they demolished Australia by eight wickets to clinch a bitterly fought series 2-1 on day four of the fourth Test Tuesday. Chasing 106, opener Lokesh Rahul (51 not out) hit the winning runs in Dharamsala to take back the...

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Jadeja half-century puts India ahead of Australia
Mar 27

Jadeja half-century puts India ahead of Australia

Dharmashala : All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's half-century propelled India into a slim first innings lead over Australia Monday before the hosts were bowled out for 332 on the third day of the series-deciding fourth Test. Jadeja's 63-run knock helped India overtake Australia's first innings total of 300 and seize a...

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Federer, Wawrinka advance in Miami
Mar 26

Federer, Wawrinka advance in Miami

Miami : Roger Federer survived a brave challenge from American qualifier Frances Tiafoe before emerging with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 victory as he got his Miami Open title bid underway on Saturday. Tiafoe, ranked 101st in the world, struggled against Federer's serve but was strong on his own and forced a first set tie-break...

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Aussie quicks keep India in check in fourth Test
Mar 26

Aussie quicks keep India in check in fourth Test

Dharmashala : India trudged to 64-1 at lunch in the face of some intense bowling by the Australian quicks on the second day of the decisive fourth and final Test on Sunday. Opener Lokesh Rahul was batting on 31 with Cheteshwar Pujara on 22 after the hosts lost Murali Vijay early in the first session at Dharamsala,...

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India's Kohli in doubt for Australia showdown
Mar 24

India's Kohli in doubt for Australia showdown

Dharmashala : Injured Indian skipper Virat Kohli said Friday he would play the fourth Test against Australia only if he was 100 percent fit, keeping up the suspense over his participation in the series decider. Kohli, who injured his shoulder during the drawn third Test in Ranchi, said he would undergo fitness tests...

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Hamilton 'in league of his own' after Aussie blitz
Mar 24

Hamilton 'in league of his own' after Aussie blitz

Melbourne : Lewis Hamilton was hailed as being "in a league of his own" on Friday as he burned off his rivals in the year's opening practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix. The triple world champion bossed the field and held a half-second gap over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and his new Mercedes team-mate...

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