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Ronaldo exits Confed Cup to meet newborn twins
Jun 29

Ronaldo exits Confed Cup to meet newborn twins

Kazan : Portugal's superstar captain Cristiano Ronaldo revealed Thursday he will not play in the Confederations Cup third-place match this weekend as he will finally meet his newborn twin boys. Hours after Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to Chile in a penalty shoot-out in Kazan, Ronaldo said he had been given permission to...

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 India's Srikanth stuns Chen to win Australian Open
Jun 25

India's Srikanth stuns Chen to win Australian Open

Sydney : India's Kidambi Srikanth claimed a first victory over Olympic and two-time world champion Chen Long to win the Australian Open Superseries final in Sydney on Sunday. The 11th-ranked Srikanth outgunned the sixth-ranked Chinese star 22-20, 21-16 in 46 minutes for his second successive Superseries...

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Pakistan's Fakhar goes from village pariah to 'lord'
Jun 23

Pakistan's Fakhar goes from village pariah to 'lord'

Mardan : Fakhar Zaman was once banned from playing cricket in his village and beaten by his brothers because he was simply too good -- but he has returned a hero after his starring role in Pakistan's Champions Trophy win. His eyes bright, the tall 27-year-old posed for selfies and was garlanded with flowers as he was...

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Federer  claims 1100th tour win
Jun 21

Federer claims 1100th tour win

Halle : Eighteen-time major champion Roger Federer picked up his first win of the grass-court season by thrashing Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in the first round at Halle yesterday. The Swiss top seed, who skipped the entire clay-court schedule in order to be fully fit for Wimbledon, brushed aside lucky loser...

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Ronaldo won't quit Real -- club boss
Jun 20

Ronaldo won't quit Real -- club boss

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo will be staying at Spanish giants Real Madrid and no offer has been received to tempt him away, club president Florentino Perez insisted Tuesday. Unhappy Ronaldo has been linked to Manchester United and other top clubs after reportedly threatening to leave Real and quit Spain after running...

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Pakistan captain gets hero's welcome
Jun 20

Pakistan captain gets hero's welcome

Karachi : Hundreds of fans gave Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed a hero's welcome as he arrived home carrying the Champions Trophy early on Tuesday. Men, women and children packed Karachi airport as Sarfraz returned from England, where Pakistan thrashed arch-rivals India to be crowned surprise...

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ICC could axe Champions Trophy for more T20 World Cups
Jun 20

ICC could axe Champions Trophy for more T20 World Cups

London : The Champions Trophy could be scrapped in favour of staging the World Twenty20 every two years, according to International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson. Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win this year's edition of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, with a worldwide...

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 Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021
Jun 19

Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021

Madrid : Florentino Pérez will remain as president of Real Madrid until 2021 after no other candidates ran against him, the Spanish champions announced on Monday. "As no other candidature was put forward to the board ... it is proclaimed that Mr Florentino Pérez Rodríguez is president of Real...

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Pakistanis rejoice after team hammers India in Champion's Trophy
Jun 19

Pakistanis rejoice after team hammers India in Champion's Trophy

Islamabad : The streets of Pakistan's cities lit up with celebrations Sunday night after the country's cricket team defied the odds to thrash rival India in the Champion's Trophy final in London. The upset, which saw Pakistan win by a record margin in the final of a global event, came after they had been on...

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Never mind the cricket! India beat Pakistan ...in field hockey
Jun 19

Never mind the cricket! India beat Pakistan ...in field hockey

London : India may well have suffered a 180-rout at the hands of Pakistan in the Champions Trophy cricket final but they came out on tops on the other side of London -- in field hockey. India ran out 7-1 winners over their old rivals in a World Hockey League fixture at Lee Valley in east London just as Virat Kohli's...

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Players won't budge on pay demands - Warner
Jun 19

Players won't budge on pay demands - Warner

Sydney : Australia's cricketers will not back down in a bitter pay dispute, David Warner has warned amid fears their October tour of India is looming as a flashpoint. As the June 30 deadline for a new memorandum of understanding between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association fast...

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Lewis slams Mayweather-McGregor as
Jun 19

Lewis slams Mayweather-McGregor as "ridiculous"

Los Angeles : Boxing hall of famer Lennox Lewis won't be spending his money on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, saying he "can't take it serious" because the outcome is too predictable. The former undisputed world heavyweight champion said the combination of Mayweather's boxing experience and...

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Brooks Koepka wins 117th US Open Championship
Jun 19

Brooks Koepka wins 117th US Open Championship

Erin : Brooks Koepka produced a back-nine birdie blitz to win the US Open here Sunday, becoming the seventh consecutive first-time winner of a major with a record-equalling four-shot victory at Erin Hills. The 27-year-old from Florida fired a five-under-par final round 67 to finish on 16 under for the tournament...

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India bowl against Pakistan in Champions Trophy final
Jun 18

India bowl against Pakistan in Champions Trophy final

London : India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday. Title-holders India, who thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening group match, were unchanged from the side that hammered Bangladesh by nine wickets in...

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India-Pakistan clash stirs 2007 World Twenty20 memories
Jun 17

India-Pakistan clash stirs 2007 World Twenty20 memories

London : Those hoping for a thrilling Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan at the Oval on Sunday may take heart from the only other occasion the arch-rivals have met in the climax of a major ICC world event. Twenty20, pioneered as a professional sport in the English county game, was still in its global...

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Zimbabwe to tour Sri Lanka after 15 years
Jun 17

Zimbabwe to tour Sri Lanka after 15 years

Colombo : Zimbabwe will embark on their first tour of Sri Lanka in 15 years this month, playing five one-day internationals and a Test match, Sri Lanka's cricket board said Saturday. The tour will start on June 30 with the first ODI at the Galle International Stadium, which will host its first limited-overs match in...

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India bowl against Bangladesh in Champions Trophy semi-final
Jun 15

India bowl against Bangladesh in Champions Trophy semi-final

Birmingham : India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field against Bangladesh in a Champions Trophy semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday. Light rain delayed the toss and overcast conditions would have encouraged Kohli to believe there would be assistance for his pacemen. Champions Trophy...

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Sharapova receives invite to WTA Stanford event
Jun 15

Sharapova receives invite to WTA Stanford event

Los Angeles : Five-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova has received an invitation to play at the WTA Stanford tournament at the end of next month as the Russian star continues her return from a doping suspension. Sharapova's comeback from a 15-month doping ban will include a stop at Stanford University for the...

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Pakistan thrash England in Champions Trophy semi-final
Jun 15

Pakistan thrash England in Champions Trophy semi-final

Cardiff : Pakistan booked their place in the Champions Trophy final with a crushing eight-wicket win over England in Cardiff on Wednesday. Set just 212 to win, Pakistan finished on 215 for two. Pakistan will now face title-holders India in Sunday's final at the Oval if their arch-rivals beat...

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Real have 'full confidence' in Ronaldo over tax
Jun 14

Real have 'full confidence' in Ronaldo over tax

Madrid : Real Madrid backed star forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday after Spanish prosecutors accused the star player of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies. "Real Madrid C.F. have full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality...

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Sangakkara scores 100th ton in Surrey win
Jun 14

Sangakkara scores 100th ton in Surrey win

London : Legendary Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara scored the 100th century of his professional career in Surrey's One-Day Cup quarter-final win over Yorkshire at Headingley on Tuesday. The 39-year-old, who will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the season, made...

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Nadal out of Queen's to rest for Wimbledon
Jun 14

Nadal out of Queen's to rest for Wimbledon

London : Rafael Nadal confirmed Tuesday he has pulled out of next week's Aegon Championships at Queen's in order to rest and prepare for Wimbledon.  The 31-year-old Spaniard has had a hugely successful clay season, claiming a record 10th French Open crown on Sunday to earn a 15th Grand Slam title. "I am very...

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Johnson ready for long game in US Open double bid
Jun 14

Johnson ready for long game in US Open double bid

Erin : Dustin Johnson will aim to exploit his big-hitting prowess on the longest course in major championship history when he tees off at the US Open Thursday, bidding to become the first back-to-back champion in 28 years. The world number one won his first major in last year's US Open at Oakmont, after several...

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Qatar risk FIFA action after T-shirt protest
Jun 14

Qatar risk FIFA action after T-shirt protest

Doha : Qatar's national team could face disciplinary action from FIFA after players warmed up for a World Cup qualifier against South Korea Tuesday in T-shirts showing support for the country's emir. The players prepared for the crucial game in Doha wearing white shirts emblazoned with a profile portrait...

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Broken arm fear for Tottenham's Son in Qatar
Jun 14

Broken arm fear for Tottenham's Son in Qatar

Doha : Tottenham's Son Heung-Min has a suspected broken arm after South Korea's World Cup qualifying defeat to Qatar on Tuesday. Son left the field in obvious pain in the 33rd minute clutching his right forearm after an aerial challenge during his country's 3-2 defeat.  He was escorted down the tunnel by...

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Arthur backs Pakistan's 'best game' to beat England
Jun 14

Arthur backs Pakistan's 'best game' to beat England

Cardiff : Pakistan may be the underdogs heading into a Champions Trophy semi-final with England in Cardiff on Wednesday, but coach Mickey Arthur believes their "best game" could see his side cause a major upset.  England were the only team to exit the group stage unbeaten, having won all three...

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Kohli urges India on in Bangladesh semi
Jun 14

Kohli urges India on in Bangladesh semi

Birmingham : India captain Virat Kohli has promised there will be no let-up from the title-holders when they face Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Thursday. After a surprise group defeat by Sri Lanka in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day...

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Ronaldo accused of 14.7 million euro tax evasion
Jun 13

Ronaldo accused of 14.7 million euro tax evasion

Madrid : Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was on Tuesday accused of a 14.7 million euro tax evasion through offshore companies, the public prosecutor's office in Madrid announced. The Portuguese footballer was accused of "four crimes against the public treasury between 2011-14... which involves tax fraud of...

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Kumble set to remain India coach for Windies tour
Jun 13

Kumble set to remain India coach for Windies tour

New Delhi : Anil Kumble's term as India coach looks set to be extended until the end of the West Indies tour next month, a top official said Monday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) advertised for a head coach in May with Kumble's one-year deal due to expire at the end of the Champions Trophy in...

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Australia skipper Jedinak out of Confederations Cup
Jun 13

Australia skipper Jedinak out of Confederations Cup

Sydney : Australia skipper Mile Jedinak has withdrawn from Tuesday's friendly with Brazil and this month's Confederations Cup with a groin injury, Football Federation Australia said. The Aston Villa midfielder pulled up sore after Australia's 3-2 World Cup qualifier win over Saudi Arabia last week and coach Ange...

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Sarfraz hopes Cardiff run continues in England semi-final
Jun 13

Sarfraz hopes Cardiff run continues in England semi-final

Cardiff : Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hopes the team's "high confidence" in Cardiff will stand them in good stead when they return to the Welsh capital to face England in a Champions Trophy semi-final on Wednesday. It will be Pakistan's second key match at Sophia Gardens in a matter of days after a tense...

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Southgate to study options as England set foot in France again
Jun 12

Southgate to study options as England set foot in France again

Paris : England come full circle on Tuesday as Gareth Southgate's side finish their season with a trip to France, scene of their disastrous showing a year ago at Euro 2016. Twelve months ago England were ousted from the European Championship in humiliating fashion by Iceland, depriving them the chance to face the...

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Kohli's brutal honesty brings India together
Jun 12

Kohli's brutal honesty brings India together

London : Virat Kohli says India's Champions Trophy demolition of South Africa was fuelled by his refusal to spare his players from criticism. Kohli's side crushed South Africa by eight wickets at The Oval in their final Group B fixture to set up a likely semi-final showdown with Bangladesh on Thursday. India had to...

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Nadal braced for bittersweet symphony at Wimbledon
Jun 12

Nadal braced for bittersweet symphony at Wimbledon

Paris : Rafael Nadal will resume his bittersweet relationship with Wimbledon buoyed by his record-breaking French Open but wary of the traps which have ensnared him at the All England Club. The 31-year-old Spaniard routed Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros on Sunday 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in...

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Nadal eyes 10th French Open with injury misery in mind
Jun 11

Nadal eyes 10th French Open with injury misery in mind

Paris : Rafael Nadal insists winning a record 10th French Open title on Sunday, and his 15th career Grand Slam crown, will not be his greatest achievement. His proudest moment, he believes, came at his lowest ebb at the end of 2012 and start of 2013 when it seemed certain that his career-long battle against knee and...

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Infantino 'confident' in 2022 despite Qatar crisis
Jun 11

Infantino 'confident' in 2022 despite Qatar crisis

Lausanne : FIFA is confident the diplomatic crisis sweeping Qatar will normalise and not threaten the 2022 World Cup, the organisation's president, Gianni Infantino, said in an interview published Sunday.  "We are facing a diplomatic crisis," Infantino told Switzerland's Le Matin Dimanche newspaper. "I am...

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England bowl against Australia in Champions Trophy
Jun 10

England bowl against Australia in Champions Trophy

London : England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field against Australia in their Champions Trophy Group A match at Edgbaston on Saturday. England, already through to the semi-finals of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day international sides, were unchanged from the team that beat New...

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Johnson ready for long game in US Open double quest
Jun 10

Johnson ready for long game in US Open double quest

Los Angeles : World number one Dustin Johnson is preparing for a battle of the big-hitters as he defends his US Open title next week on what is set to be the longest course in major championship history. Johnson, who clinched his first major victory at Oakmont last year, has been installed as the favourite for the...

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Kohli ready for India's crunch clash
Jun 10

Kohli ready for India's crunch clash

London : Virat Kohli says India will thrive under pressure in their make or break Champions Trophy clash with South Africa on Sunday. After slumping to a shock defeat against Sri Lanka on Thursday, holders India must win their final Group B fixture at The Oval to avoid an embarrassing exit. India came into the...

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Bopanna, Dabrowski win French Open mixed title
Jun 08

Bopanna, Dabrowski win French Open mixed title

Paris : India's Rohan Bopanna and Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski won the French Open mixed doubles title on Thursday. The seventh seeds defeated Anna-Lena Groenfeld of Germany and Colombia's Robert Farah 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 in the final. It was a first Slam title for both the 37-year-old Bopanna and his 25-year-old partner...

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Nadal can win 15 French Opens, says Kuerten
Jun 08

Nadal can win 15 French Opens, says Kuerten

Paris : Gustavo Kuerten marked the 20th anniversary of his first Roland Garros triumph on Thursday by backing Rafael Nadal to win 15 French Open titles. Brazilian star Kuerten won his first Paris crown in 1997, going on to win again in 2000 and 2001. Nadal is just two match wins away from capturing a 10th...

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Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes
Jun 08

Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes

New York : Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine's list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players. The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million between his football...

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Nadal into 10th French Open semi-final
Jun 07

Nadal into 10th French Open semi-final

Paris : Rafael Nadal qualified for the French Open semi-finals for the 10th time on Wednesday after compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta retired with injury while trailing 6-2, 2-0. Nadal will face title-holder Novak Djokovic for a place in the final if the world number two gets past Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem in...

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Korean player to visit Japan to apologise for elbow
Jun 07

Korean player to visit Japan to apologise for elbow

Seoul : A South Korean footballer is set to visit Japan to apologise for elbowing an opponent in the head during a recent Asian Champions League match, local media reported Wednesday. Jeju United defender Baek Dong-Gyu, an unused substitute, sprinted from the bench to throw...

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FIFA sponsors 'accelerate' China's World Cup chances
Jun 07

FIFA sponsors 'accelerate' China's World Cup chances

Beijing : China's footballers may be struggling on the pitch but its companies are proving to be a big player, signing sponsorship deals with FIFA as the giant Asian nation looks to boost its chances of hosting the World Cup. In the space of a year, football governing body FIFA has gained three major Chinese sponsors...

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Gulf row hits AFC Champions League quarters
Jun 06

Gulf row hits AFC Champions League quarters

Kuala Lumpur : Iran's Persepolis and Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli will no longer play their second leg Asian Champions League quarterfinals in Qatar, the football body said Tuesday, as a diplomatic crisis sweeps the region. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut ties...

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New Zealand bowl against England in Champions Trophy
Jun 06

New Zealand bowl against England in Champions Trophy

Cardiff : New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to field against England in the Champions Trophy match at Cardiff on Tuesday. England made one change from the side that beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in their Group A opener at the Oval last week, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid replacing...

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Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022
Jun 06

Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022

Doha : The diplomatic crisis sweeping the Gulf could invigorate a campaign by critics of Qatar to strip Doha of the 2022 World Cup, experts said Monday. One of the areas that could feel the impact is Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup, football’s biggest tournament, in five years’...

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India savours 'Mother of all Mismatches' against Pakistan
Jun 05

India savours 'Mother of all Mismatches' against Pakistan

New Delhi : Now unbeaten against Pakistan for more than three years, India on Monday celebrated a thumping win over their arch-rivals to launch their defence of the Champions Trophy.  Skipper Virat Kohli hit a blistering 81 as India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in a rain-affected game on Sunday at...

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England's Woakes out of Champions Trophy
Jun 02

England's Woakes out of Champions Trophy

London : England paceman Chris Woakes has been ruled out of the rest of the Champions Trophy one-day international competition with a side strain, it was announced Friday. Woakes managed just two overs at the start of hosts England's tournament-opening eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday before...

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