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F1 order could change at every race
Apr 19

F1 order could change at every race

London : Kimi Raikkonen believes Formula 1’s pecking order may change from race to race after a “nice” unpredictable start to the 2018 season. Ferrari won the first two grands prix of the year before a smart Red Bull strategy allowed Daniel Ricciardo to take victory in China last weekend,...

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Bayern cruise into DFB Pokal final
Apr 19

Bayern cruise into DFB Pokal final

Leverkusen : Thomas Muller’s hat trick helped Bayern Munich cruise into the DFB Pokal final with a 6-2 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena on Tuesday. A Robert Lewandowski goal within the first three minutes set the stage for what was to come from Jupp Heynckes’ men, and further strikes...

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Alvarez banned for 6 months for doping
Apr 19

Alvarez banned for 6 months for doping

London : Canelo Alvarez has been banned from boxing for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing two drugs tests. The punishment is the lightest given for his kind of offence, and following an interim ban in place from April 3, his match-up against Gennady Golovkin for May 5 in Las Vegas...

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O’Connor claims stage 3
Apr 19

O’Connor claims stage 3

Alps : Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data) took victory on a thrilling stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps, stealing away from an 11-rider group of overall favourites in the flat final eight kilometres of a short mountain stage from Ora to Merano. The 22-year-old Australian attacked with Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and...

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Matthysse will not be Pacquiao’s final fight
Apr 19

Matthysse will not be Pacquiao’s final fight

London : Former world champion Manny Pacquiao says his fight with Lucas Matthysse will not be his last, and he wants to prove his career “is not yet over”. Pacquiao, 39, faces the 35-year-old WBA world welterweight title holder in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 15 July. And the Filipino fighter is already...

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Alonso doesn’t care about other teams’ results
Apr 19

Alonso doesn’t care about other teams’ results

London : McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says he doesn’t “care too much” about the performances and results achieved by his former Formula 1 teams and partners. Alonso’s comments were prompted by questions over the current form of engine supplier Honda following the end of its troubled...

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Sharapova to make grasscourt return
Apr 19

Sharapova to make grasscourt return

London : Former world number one Maria Sharapova will compete at the Birmingham Classic grasscourt event in the lead-up to Wimbledon, Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) announced yesterday. The June 18-24 tournament is set to be the Russian’s first on grass since she reached the Wimbledon...

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Nadal, Djokovic progress
Apr 19

Nadal, Djokovic progress

Monte Carlo : Novak Djokovic blew nine match points before finally completing a 7-6 (7-2) 7-5 win over Borna Coric in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters. The former world number one frittered away an incredible seven match points on his own serve before finally completing the victory at the 10th attempt...

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Neymar reveals date of his comeback
Apr 19

Neymar reveals date of his comeback

London : Injured Brazil striker Neymar has targeted May 17 for a return to training and vowed to work harder than ever to be ready for this year’s World Cup in Russia. The Paris St Germain player, who became the world’s most expensive footballer when he joined the club from Barcelona in August, had...

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Yes, I’m going to the World Cup
Apr 19

Yes, I’m going to the World Cup

London : Zlatan Ibrahimovic used an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to publicly declare he is “going to the World Cup”. The 36-year-old’s participation at the finals in Russia is a matter of sustained debate, despite the fact he has retired from international football. Ibrahimovic wanted to...

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Barca settle for draw
Apr 19

Barca settle for draw

Barcelona : Barcelona’s charge towards the La Liga title was held up after a much-changed side was held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo, where Sergi Roberto was sent off with his side’s first league red card in over a year. With one eye on Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Sevilla, Ernesto...

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Dimitrov, Thiem cruise
Apr 18

Dimitrov, Thiem cruise

Monaco : Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem both had to come from a set down to win their second-round matches at the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday. The fourth-seeded Dimitrov rallied to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, while the fifth-seeded Thiem saved a match point in his 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 win against...

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West Ham steal Stoke point
Apr 18

West Ham steal Stoke point

London : Andy Carroll climbed off the treatment table to score a dramatic last-minute equaliser and deny Stoke a precious win in their battle for Premier League survival. The striker, out injured since the turn of the year, was sent on as a last throw of the dice by manager David Moyes with West Ham trailing to...

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Farah ready to mix it in the marathon
Apr 18

Farah ready to mix it in the marathon

London : Whether months of 120 miles-a-week altitude training will be enough to transform Mo Farah into a world-class marathon runner will be revealed on the streets of London on Sunday but the switch already seems to have transformed his state of mind. Farah has endured a prickly relationship with the media,...

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PSG thrash AS Monaco to clinch Ligue 1 title
Apr 17

PSG thrash AS Monaco to clinch Ligue 1 title

Paris : Paris St Germain claimed their seventh Ligue 1 title in emphatic style with a 7-1 home win against defending champion AS Monaco on Sunday. PSG, who netted four goals in the opening half-hour, have 87 points with five games remaining and lead second-placed Monaco by 17 points after doubles by Giovani...

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Djokovic thrashes Lajovic
Apr 17

Djokovic thrashes Lajovic

Monte Carlo : Former world number one Novak Djokovic showed signs of a return to form with a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic in the Monte Carlo Masters first round yesterday. It was an impressive performance from the 30-year-old in his first match since splitting from coach Andre Agassi and...

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Horner sees no reason for Ricciardo to leave
Apr 17

Horner sees no reason for Ricciardo to leave

Shanghai : Red Bull hope they can convince Daniel Ricciardo to stay with them after giving the Australian a winning car in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. The victory, from sixth on the starting grid, was a morale-booster for the 28-year-old after a frustrating start to the season and comes as he is...

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Pele confident Neymar can lead Brazil at WC
Apr 17

Pele confident Neymar can lead Brazil at WC

Dubai : Brazilian legend Pele says he is confident about Brazil’s chances at the upcoming World Cup and expects injured star Neymar to be fully fit to lead the side in Russia. Speaking to AFP in Dubai, the 77-year-old, who has been in ailing health recently, put his faith in Paris Saint-Germain...

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Isco leads Real to Malaga win
Apr 17

Isco leads Real to Malaga win

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were both rested and Real Madrid hardly broke sweat as they beat Malaga 2-1 on Sunday to climb to third in La Liga. Isco scored one and set up another at La Rosaleda in a comfortable victory for a much-changed Real side, following Wednesday’s last-gasp...

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City crowned champions after United defeat
Apr 16

City crowned champions after United defeat

London : Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions yesterday as Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion. City had moved within touching distance of the title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday. They clinched the silverware 24 hours later thanks to Albion...

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Ricciardo wins wild Chinese GP
Apr 16

Ricciardo wins wild Chinese GP

Shanghai : Daniel Ricciardo made a string of thrilling overtaking moves to snatch a surprise Chinese Grand Prix victory yesterday after a safety car strategy gamble by his Red Bull team paid off handsomely. The Australian, who started sixth after almost missing qualifying, made the most of fresher tyres to...

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Vettel on pole as Hamilton struggles
Apr 15

Vettel on pole as Hamilton struggles

Shanghai : Sebastian Vettel set a blistering new lap record for Ferrari as he stormed to pole position for today’s Chinese Formula One Grand Prix ahead of champions Mercedes. Vettel clocked 1min 31.095sec at the Shanghai International Circuit in final qualifying yesterday ahead of teammate Kimi...

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Neymar says will be back in a month
Apr 14

Neymar says will be back in a month

Sao Paulo : Neymar expects to have recovered fully from his foot injury by around mid-May, the Brazil striker said in a TV interview due to air in his homeland on  Saturday. The 26-year old, who fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle while playing for his club Paris St Germain on Feb. 25, was...

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Bayern face Real in UCL semis
Apr 14

Bayern face Real in UCL semis

Nyon : Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League while Liverpool play AS Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will travel to Bayern’s Allianz Arena for the first leg on April 25 as the Spanish giants go in search of...

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Hamilton edges Raikkonen in China practice
Apr 14

Hamilton edges Raikkonen in China practice

Shanghai : Lewis Hamilton set the pace for Mercedes in free practice yesterday at the Chinese Grand Prix but fierce rivals Ferrari were just a whisker behind as the teams headed for another clash in this weekend’s race. The British reigning world champion topped the time sheet with a best lap of one minute...

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Ronaldo penalty puts Real into semis
Apr 13

Ronaldo penalty puts Real into semis

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo scored an injury-time penalty to book Real Madrid’s place in the Champions League semifinals after losing the second leg 3-1, but winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate. Juventus had wiped out Real Madrid’s three-goal advantage from the first leg with Mario Mandzukic scoring...

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Hamilton keeping close eye on F1’s meeting
Apr 06

Hamilton keeping close eye on F1’s meeting

Manama : World champion Lewis Hamilton will keep a close eye on Formula One owner Liberty Media’s proposed talks with the teams yesterday because his next contract could be shaped by what happens. U.S.-owned Liberty took over after Bernie Ecclestone’s 40-year reign ended last year. F1’s...

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New Zealand hold on for draw to win series
Apr 04

New Zealand hold on for draw to win series

Christchurch : Tail-ender Ish Sodhi hit a gutsy half-century as New Zealand fought a defiant rearguard action on a tense final day to hold on for a draw in the second Test yesterday and secure a first series win over England since 1999. Winners of the first Test in Auckland by an innings and 49 runs, New Zealand...

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Philander bowls SA to record victory
Apr 04

Philander bowls SA to record victory

Johannesburg : Vernon Philander grabbed six wickets in a devastating spell of swing bowling as South Africa crushed Australia by a record 492 runs to clinch the four-match series 3-1 at the Wanderers yesterday. The scandal-hit tourists had promised to fight for a draw on the final day to end a controversial tour...

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McLaren can ‘forget’ midfield rivals: Alonso
Apr 03

McLaren can ‘forget’ midfield rivals: Alonso

London : Fernando Alonso believes McLaren can “forget” about its midfield rivals and target Red Bull over the coming Formula 1 races. Alonso finished fifth in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, splitting Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in McLaren’s first F1 race with...

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Isner outlasts Zverev  for first Miami title
Apr 03

Isner outlasts Zverev for first Miami title

Miami : John Isner found new energy and outlasted Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 at the Miami Open on Sunday for the biggest title of his career. The 32-year-old American was tiring noticeably in the second set but won the ninth game to go up 5-4. The moment inspired Isner, who changed to a...

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Gloom dents England’s hopes
Apr 03

Gloom dents England’s hopes

Christchurch : England’s hopes of ending a long and arduous campaign with their first overseas Test victory in 13 attempts were blunted by an obdurate opening stand from New Zealand’s Tom Latham and Jeet Raval, as well as the onset of the antipodean autumn, as bad light descended shortly after tea to...

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SA close in on victory
Apr 03

SA close in on victory

Johannesburg : A heavily-strapped Morne Morkel made two breakthroughs as South Africa pushed for victory on the fourth day of the fourth Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium yesterday. Australia, set an impossible 612 to win, were 88 for three when bad light ended play. The tall Morkel, playing...

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South Africa tighten grip
Apr 01

South Africa tighten grip

Johannesburg : Australia’s ball-tampering scandal came back to bite them when three replacement batsmen failed on a disastrous day for the tourists in the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium yesterday. South Africa moved closer to a series win as Australia slumped to 110 for six at...

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Isco, Spain thrash Argentina
Mar 29

Isco, Spain thrash Argentina

Madrid : Isco scored a hat trick as Spain romped to a 6-1 victory over Argentina in Madrid, where Lionel Messi again watched from the stands. Barcelona playmaker Messi had been expected to return after missing Friday’s 2-0 win over Italy in Manchester as a precaution because of an abductor muscle...

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Alejandro Valverde tempted to race in Tour of Flanders
Mar 29

Alejandro Valverde tempted to race in Tour of Flanders

London : Alejandro Valverde has said that he is tempted to stay on in Belgium after  Dwars Door Vlaanderen and race in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday for the first time in his career. The Spaniard is currently enjoying strong form after bouncing back from a serious knee injury sustained on the opening stage...

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Azarenka, Stephens enter semis
Mar 29

Azarenka, Stephens enter semis

Miami : Victoria Azarenka booked her place in the semi-finals of the Miami Open with a 7-5 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova. The Czech fifth seed, 26, recovered from going two breaks down to level at 5-5, before Belarus’ Azarenka took the opener on her fifth set point. The pair exchanged breaks in the...

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Smith, Warner banned for year
Mar 29

Smith, Warner banned for year

London : Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-skipper David Warner have been banned for a year for ball-tampering. Cameron Bancroft, who carried out the cheating in South Africa, was given a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia. The three had already been sent home from Australia’s tour - before a fourth...

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Del Potro extends winning streak
Mar 29

Del Potro extends winning streak

Miami : The towering Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro extended his winning streak to 14 matches as he defeated Filip Krajinovic to reach the quarter-finals of the Miami Open. The world number six’s excellent run of form continued as he fought back from 1-4 down in the first set to beat the 22nd seed 6-4...

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Merc engine modes less ‘special’: Vettel
Mar 27

Merc engine modes less ‘special’: Vettel

London : Australian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel believes Mercedes’ Formula 1 engine’s qualifying mode has less of an advantage over Ferrari’s in 2018. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton beat the two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel by more than six tenths of a second in qualifying,...

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Joshua, Parker fight will make ‘history’
Mar 27

Joshua, Parker fight will make ‘history’

London : Anthony Joshua believes Joseph Parker will face an “overwhelming” experience in a unification bout which will go down in “history” on Saturday. WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion Joshua meets WBO title-holder Parker at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. It will be Briton...

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Elneny  extends contract with Arsenal
Mar 27

Elneny extends contract with Arsenal

London : Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. He joined from Basel in January 2016 and has since made 65 appearances for the Gunners.  The length of his new deal was not disclosed. Elneny has scored two goals for the Gunners.

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Murray returns to court
Mar 27

Murray returns to court

London : The former world number one Andy Murray has started hitting balls again in the south of France as he eyes a return to competitive action in time for the grass court campaign. The 30-year-old was training at the academy of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou in Nice. The Scotsman could be...

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Venus books last 16 spot
Mar 27

Venus books last 16 spot

Miami : Three-time Miami Open champion Venus Williams was forced to save three match points against Kiki Bertens before moving into the tournament’s last 16 on Sunday. Williams came through a topsy-turvy match 5-7 6-3 7-5 but only after surrendering a 5-0 lead to lose the first set, then rallying from 1-4...

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Del Potro beats Kei Nishikori
Mar 27

Del Potro beats Kei Nishikori

Miami : Juan Martin del Potro extended his winning streak to 13 matches as he brushed aside Kei Nishikori to reach the last 16 of the Miami Open. Del Potro, coming off his thrilling win in Indian Wells last week, needed just 72 minutes to triumph over his Japanese opponent 6-2 6-2. With Roger Federer and Novak...

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Cavani fires Uruguay to China Cup with victory
Mar 27

Cavani fires Uruguay to China Cup with victory

Nanning : Wales lost in the China Cup final as Edinson Cavani’s goal secured victory for an impressive Uruguay side. A frantic first half somehow ended goalless despite several chances at both ends, with Wales lucky not to be trailing at the break after Barcelona forward Luis Suarez twice hit the...

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Wagner bounces NZ to victory
Mar 27

Wagner bounces NZ to victory

Auckland : New Zealand pulled off a dramatic win by an innings and 49 runs over England in Auckland yesterday, wrapping up the rain-affected first Test with 18.5 overs to spare. It is only the 10th time New Zealand have beaten England in the 102-Test history between the two countries. As fortunes fluctuated on...

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Vettel steals victory from Hamilton
Mar 26

Vettel steals victory from Hamilton

Melbourne : Sebastian Vettel made full use of the virtual safety car to sneak in front of Lewis Hamilton midway the race before the German held off the frustrated Briton to win the season-opening Australian Grand Prix yesterday. The Mercedes engine’s infamous ‘party mode’ that delivered...

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Kane is the world’s best, says Son
Mar 26

Kane is the world’s best, says Son

London : Son Heung-min has labelled Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane “the best player in the world”, but hopes he can step up in the injured striker’s absence. Spurs’ top scorer Kane is not expected to return to training until next month, having sustained ankle-ligament damage in the win...

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Valverde seals third Tour of Catalonia success
Mar 26

Valverde seals third Tour of Catalonia success

Barcelona : Spain’s Alejandro Valverde clinched his third title at the Tour of Catalonia yesterday despite Britain’s Simon Yates winning the seventh and final stage after a late breakaway. Movistar’s Valverde posted a total time of 28 hours, 25 minutes and 7 seconds in Barcelona to add to his...

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