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Bauhaus edges out Kittel
Feb 24

Bauhaus edges out Kittel

Abu Dhabi : Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) took a photo finish win on stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) took second, and Pascal Ackerman (Bora-hansgrohe) repeated his third place of the previous stage.  Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) finished fourth on the stage, and retained his...

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Viviani pips Van Poppel, takes lead
Feb 23

Viviani pips Van Poppel, takes lead

Abu Dhabi : Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) won an easy sprint on the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, also taking the race lead. Second on the day went to Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) with Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) third. The win moved Viviani to the top of the GC, tied on time with...

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Kristoff claims opening stage
Feb 22

Kristoff claims opening stage

Abu Dhabi : Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) came out on top on stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. The European road champion came off Caleb Ewan’s (Mitchelton-Scott) wheel in the final 100 metres and held off a late challenge from Andrea Guardini (Bardiani CSF). Ewan looked to have the win in the bag...

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The legend of Federer
Feb 21

The legend of Federer

London : At 36, most sportsmen are thinking of retiring, but not Roger Federer, who is re-firing and will today assume the exalted position of being the No.1 men’s tennis player. For the fourth time since he turned professional in 1998, the Swiss master will become the oldest man to achieve that top...

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Real Madrid fightback
Feb 20

Real Madrid fightback

Madrid : Real Madrid staged a storming second-half comeback to beat Real Betis 5-3 in an eight-goal La Liga thriller. Marco Asensio (two), Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were on target as the Spanish champions recovered from a 2-1 interval deficit to avenge Betis’ Bernabeu victory in...

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India wallop South Africa
Feb 17

India wallop South Africa

Centurion : After an impressive bowling display, skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat to help India beat South Africa by eight wickets in the sixth one-day international at the SuperSport Park in Centurion yesterday. Dominant India wrapped up the six-match series 5-1. Kohli continued his great...

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Cort sprints to victory
Feb 17

Cort sprints to victory

Muscat : Magnus Cort (Astana) sprinted to victory on stage 4 of the Tour of Oman, beating Bahrain-Merida’s Giovanni Visconti and Alberto Bettiol (BMC) to the line at the Ministry of Tourism. The stage included three laps over the stiff climb of Al Jabal Street, which meant that a reduced peloton contested...

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Mane nets hat-trick as Liverpool win
Feb 16

Mane nets hat-trick as Liverpool win

Liverpool : Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick and Mohamed Salah continued his phenomenal run with a 30th goal of the season as Liverpool won 5-0 at Porto to virtually assure themselves a Champions League quarterfinal place. Mane was in the right place at the right time to score twice in the first half before rifling...

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Halep handles Makarova
Feb 15

Halep handles Makarova

Doha : Simona Halep needed just over an hour to take down Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-0 and make a winning start to her Qatar Total Open campaign. In her pre-tournament press conference, Halep discussed bouncing back mentally after the Australian Open, saying, “Everything was beautiful at that tournament,...

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Gundogan double as Man City triumph
Feb 15

Gundogan double as Man City triumph

London : Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with an emphatic 4-0 win over Basel. In-form Sergio Aguero scored his 198th City goal and Bernardo Silva also got on the scoresheet as Pep Guardiola’s side cruised to victory on a freezing night at St...

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Germany retain luge doubles gold
Feb 15

Germany retain luge doubles gold

Pyeongchang : Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt successfully defended their luge doubles title at the Winter Olympics. The pair clocked one minute and 31.697 seconds for their two runs to win by 0.088 seconds. Austria’s Peter Penz and Georg Fischler took the silver medal ahead of...

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Eric Frenzel defends title
Feb 15

Eric Frenzel defends title

Pyeongchang : Germany’s Eric Frenzel defended his nordic combined title at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang as Japan’s Akito Watabe again took silver. Frenzel, who was fifth in the normal hill ski jump, broke clear on the final incline on the last lap of the cross-country section. The 29-year-old...

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Ter Mors sets Olympic record
Feb 15

Ter Mors sets Olympic record

Pyeongchang : Dutch speed skater Jorien ter Mors set an Olympic record to win the gold medal in the women’s 1,000m in Pyeongchang. The 28-year-old clocked one minute, 13.56 seconds to add to her 1,500m and team pursuit golds from the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Japan’s Nao Kodaira, the world record...

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White bags historic third gold
Feb 15

White bags historic third gold

Pyeongchang : American Shaun White became the first snowboarder to win three Olympic titles when he sensationally snatched halfpipe gold, denying Japanese teenager Ayumu Hirano with a superb final run. Hirano, 19, landed back-to-back 1440s in his second run to overtake White with a score of 95.25, but the...

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Coquard clinches opening stage
Feb 14

Coquard clinches opening stage

Muscat : Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) delivered a fine sprint to win stage 1 of the Tour of Oman in a bunch finish ahead of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) at Sultan Qaboos University. “I’m very happy to win in Oman, because it’s my first big race of the...

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Lifting weights and the hopes
Feb 14

Lifting weights and the hopes

The weightlifters on Iraq’s national women’s team train hard every day, both to bring home the medals and to help ease the financial burden of running a home. Jerking weights heavier than themselves at a rundown gym in Baghdad’s conservative Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City, the young women and...

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Kvitova advances
Feb 14

Kvitova advances

Doha : Petra Kvitova took home her 21st title at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy two weeks ago, and already appears ready for WTA title No.22 at the Qatar Total Open, earning a 6-0, 6-3 first round victory over wildcard Cagla Buyukakcay in under an hour. The two-time Wimbledon champion spent the weekend in...

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Hazard brace lifts Chelsea
Feb 14

Hazard brace lifts Chelsea

London : Chelsea eased the growing pressure on Antonio Conte and returned to the Premier League’s top four with a convincing 3-0 win over West Brom. Two goals from Eden Hazard and another from Victor Moses ended a run of five fixtures without victory, took them back above rivals Tottenham and up to fourth...

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India beat SA, take series 4-1
Feb 14

India beat SA, take series 4-1

Port Elizabeth : India finally won an ODI series in South Africa. The visitors defeated the Proteas by 73 runs in the fifth one-day international at the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth yesterday, to take a 4-1 lead in the six-match series. India bowlers led by Kuldeep Yadav (4/57) and Hardik Pandya...

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Berdych, Alexander Zverev make progress
Feb 14

Berdych, Alexander Zverev make progress

Rotterdam : Former Rotterdam Open champion Tomas Berdych booked his place in the second round of this year’s tournament along with Alexander Zverev. Berdych, who won the title in 2014, recovered from a 3-5 first-set deficit against Mischa Zverev to win 7-5 6-3 and reach the next stage of the ABN AMRO World...

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Fontana wins gold in 500m short-track final
Feb 14

Fontana wins gold in 500m short-track final

Pyeongchang : Italy’s Arianna Fontana won a dramatic 500m short-track speed skating final as home favourite Choi Min-jeong was disqualified after finishing second. Fontana pipped the South Korean to the line after British hopeful Elise Christie fell earlier in the race. Choi was then disqualified, bumping...

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Geisenberger grabs singles luge gold
Feb 14

Geisenberger grabs singles luge gold

Pyeongchang : Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger took gold following a dominant display in the women’s singles luge. The 30-year-old beat compatriot Dajana Eitberger to the top spot while Canada’s Alex Gough won bronze to become her country’s first female luge...

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Nuis edges out Roest in speed skating
Feb 14

Nuis edges out Roest in speed skating

Pyeongchang : Kjeld Nuis edged out fellow Dutchman Patrick Roest by 0.85 seconds to win 1500m speed skating gold at the Winter Olympics. World champion Nuis finished in one minute 44.01 seconds at Gangneung Oval on his Olympic debut. South Korea’s Kim Min-seok, 18, won bronze, 0.92 seconds adrift of...

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Kim produces brilliance  performance
Feb 14

Kim produces brilliance performance

Pyeongchang : American snowboard sensation Chloe Kim produced a brilliant performance to take gold in the women’s halfpipe. The 17-year-old won with a score of 98.25 on her final run with China’s Jiayu Liu taking silver and United States’ Arielle Gold winning bronze. Kim had already secured...

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Olympic gold for Hirscher
Feb 14

Olympic gold for Hirscher

Pyeongchang : Austrian skiing great Marcel Hirscher won a long-awaited first Olympic gold medal with victory in the men’s combined event in Pyeongchang. Hirscher won with a combined time of two minutes 6.52 seconds over the downhill and slalom events. The 28-year-old is regarded as one of the...

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Cibulkova makes winning start
Feb 13

Cibulkova makes winning start

Doha : Dominika Cibulkova became the first main draw winner at the Qatar Total Open yesterday afternoon, as she edged Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the opening match on Centre Court, 7-6(8), 6-4.  In one of the tour’s fiercest head-to-heads, where half of the meetings have been decided by a third set,...

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Serena Williams loses in return
Feb 13

Serena Williams loses in return

Asheville : Serena Williams lost her first official match since maternity leave as her and sister Venus were beaten in a doubles dead rubber by the Netherlands in the Fed Cup in Asheville, North Carolina on Sunday. Serena, who gave birth to her first child last September and had not played a competitive match...

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Smith bags second Allan Border medal
Feb 13

Smith bags second Allan Border medal

Sydney : Australia captain Steve Smith won his second Allan Border Medal yesterday, becoming the fifth player to claim the country’s highest individual cricket honour more than once. Smith, who recently guided his team to a 4-0 Ashes triumph over England, joined Ricky Ponting (four times), Michael Clarke...

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Dahlmeier wins second gold
Feb 13

Dahlmeier wins second gold

Pyeongchang : Laura Dahlmeier became a double Olympic champion after winning the women’s 10km pursuit in Pyeongchang. The German biathlete, 24, had a 24-second head-start after winning the 7.5km sprint event on day one. And she became the first woman to complete the Olympic sprint-pursuit double...

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Fourcade defends biathlon pursuit title
Feb 13

Fourcade defends biathlon pursuit title

Pyeongchang : Martin Fourcade brushed off his biathlon sprint disappointment to become the first man to defend the 12.5km Olympic pursuit title. The six-time biathlon World Cup winner was eighth in the 10km sprint, meaning he started with a 22.1-second deficit. And the Frenchman, 29, went in front at the...

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Wust breaks records
Feb 13

Wust breaks records

Pyeongchang : Ireen Wust became the most successful Dutch Olympian of all time as she won the women’s 1500m speed skating title at the Pyeongchang Games. It was her 10th Games medal which also meant she became the most successful Olympic speed skater. The 31-year-old posted a time of one minute 54.35...

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Man United beaten
Feb 12

Man United beaten

Newcastle upon Tyne : Matt Ritchie scored a second-half winner for Newcastle as they lifted themselves out of the relegation places with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at St James’ Park. Newcastle made a strong start and were almost ahead after five minutes when the ball broke to Jonjo Shelvey on the...

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RBR would dominate  with Mercedes
Feb 12

RBR would dominate with Mercedes

London : Max Verstappen believes Red Bull would be dominating Formula 1 if it had Mercedes engines. Though Renault powered Red Bull to four straight F1 championships with Sebastian Vettel from 2010-13, it has been on the back foot compared to Mercedes in particular since the start of the current hybrid V6...

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Gleirscher claims first  men’s luge gold
Feb 12

Gleirscher claims first men’s luge gold

PyeongChang : David Gleirscher claimed Austria’s first men’s luge gold in 50 years after a mistake by defending champion Felix Loch on the very last run. Loch led going into the final round and looked set to match fellow German Georg Hackl’s record of winning three straight luge...

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Kramer wins third straight 5,000m gold
Feb 12

Kramer wins third straight 5,000m gold

PyeongChang : Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer set a new Olympic record to secure a hat-trick of titles in the men’s 5,000m. Kramer, 31, looked comfortable in his heat and went ahead of the pace set by Canada’s Ted-Jan Bloemen with four laps to go. He maintained his advantage to finish in six...

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Kruger bags skiathlon gold
Feb 12

Kruger bags skiathlon gold

PyeongChang : Norway’s Simen Hegstad Kruger made a remarkable fightback to win gold in the men’s skiathlon at the Winter Olympics. Kruger, 24, was floored by a collision early in the race, leaving him last out of 68 and having to replace his poles. Yet he took the lead in the penultimate lap in...

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Gerard clinches US’ first gold
Feb 12

Gerard clinches US’ first gold

PyeongChang : American teenager Red Gerard claimed gold in the men’s slope style with a sensational final run at the Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang. The 17 year-old did not have the best of starts when he made errors on his first two runs but he delivered when it counted most as he produced a flawless...

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Dubai Tour Colbrelli takes victory at Hatta Dam
Feb 10

Dubai Tour Colbrelli takes victory at Hatta Dam

Dubai : Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) came out on top in a nail-biting finish to win stage 4 of the Dubai Tour atop Hatta Dam. The Italian used his team perfectly before sprinting to the top of the climb ahead of Magnus Cort (Astana) and Timo Roosen (LottoNL-Jumbo). The finish saw the peloton overhaul lone...

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Barca reach King’s Cup final
Feb 10

Barca reach King’s Cup final

Barcelona : Barcelona reached the King’s Cup final for a record fifth year in a row on Thursday with a 2-0 second leg win at Valencia in which Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal for the club as they secured a 3-0 aggregate semi-final success. Valencia bossed the first half at a packed Mestalla as the...

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Egypt launches massive operation against militants
Feb 10

Egypt launches massive operation against militants

El-Arish : Egypt began a massive security operation yesterday involving land, sea and air forces in areas including the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, the epicenter of an Islamic insurgency spearheaded by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group. The operation, announced in a televised statement by army...

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Federer to bid for number one spot in Rotterdam
Feb 09

Federer to bid for number one spot in Rotterdam

Paris : Roger Federer announced on Wednesday that he will play in next week’s ATP event in Rotterdam, where a run to the semi-finals would make him the oldest-ever world number one. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is 155 points behind old rival Rafael Nadal in the rankings, with 180 points up for grabs for...

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Tottenham end Newport’s run
Feb 09

Tottenham end Newport’s run

London : Tottenham Hotspur finally ended lowly Newport County’s brave FA Cup run with a 2-0 win in a fourth-round replay at Wembley on Wednesday. Spurs, the eight-times FA Cup winners, were just eight minutes away from a humiliating exit when England striker Harry Kane scored to salvage a 1-1 draw...

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SL bounce back as bowlers dominate opening day
Feb 09

SL bounce back as bowlers dominate opening day

Dhaka : Sri Lanka hit back with four wickets after being bowled out for 222 as bowlers led by Bangladesh spinner Abdur Razzak dominated day one of the second Test in Dhaka on Thursday. Razzak, making a Test return after four years, and fellow left-arm spinner Taijul Islam claimed four wickets each to wrap up the...

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Cavendish wins Dubai Tour stage 3
Feb 09

Cavendish wins Dubai Tour stage 3

Dubai : Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) opened his 2018 account with a convincing win on stage 3 of the Dubai Tour. After poor positioning and a lack of speed on the opening two days or racing, Cavendish set himself up perfectly to take his third career victory at the Dubai Tour.  Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)...

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Swansea rout Notts
Feb 08

Swansea rout Notts

Wales : Swansea recorded their biggest-ever FA Cup win as Notts County were demolished 8-1 at the Liberty Stadium. First-half braces from Tammy Abraham and Nathan Dyer, as well as second-half efforts from Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Tom Carroll and debutant Daniel James, saw Swansea cruise into a last-16 tie...

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Viviani edges out Groenewegen
Feb 08

Viviani edges out Groenewegen

Dubai : Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) collected the best birthday present he could wish for with victory on stage 2 of the Dubai Tour. The Italian, who turned 29 yesterday, edged out stage 1 winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Riccardo Minali (Astana) to take the spoils. The stage was decided by...

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Sanchez accepts deal for tax fraud
Feb 08

Sanchez accepts deal for tax fraud

London : Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in return for avoiding a trial. The ex-Barcelona player faced going to trial in Spain over unpaid taxes amounting to around 1m euro (£886,000). The unpaid taxes derive from image rights deals in...

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Di Maria scores hat-trick as PSG cruise to quarters, 4-1
Feb 08

Di Maria scores hat-trick as PSG cruise to quarters, 4-1

London : Paris St Germain’s sparkling forward Angel Di Maria scored a hat-trick as the holders won 4-1 at second-tier Sochaux to reach the French Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday. Argentine Di Maria opened the scoring with a first-minute header for the Ligue 1 leaders, who are aiming for their fourth French...

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Bayern Munich enter semi-finals
Feb 08

Bayern Munich enter semi-finals

London : Kingsley Coman had a goal and an assist and Arjen Robbed added a late brace as Bayern Munich cruised into the semifinals of the DFB Pokal with a 6-0 win away to Paderborn on Tuesday. Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso also scored before Robben got in on the action as Bayern reached...

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Troicki dumps out Ernests Gulbis
Feb 08

Troicki dumps out Ernests Gulbis

Sofia : Sixth seed Viktor Troicki ended the hopes of former world number 10 Ernests Gulbis with victory in their first-round clash at the Sofia Open in Bulgaria. Latvian Gulbis, now ranked 199, had come through qualifying by beating Florian Mayer but despite forcing a deciding set, he was defeated by Troicki as...

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