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Sharapova wins first title since drug ban
Oct 16

Sharapova wins first title since drug ban

Tianjin : Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title in more than two years at the Tianjin Open on Sunday, showing plenty of grit and determination as she came from behind in each set to beat Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6(8). The former world number one, who returned to the tour in April following a...

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Federer  brushes aside Nadal to win Shanghai Masters
Oct 16

Federer brushes aside Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

Shanghai : Roger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 yesterday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet. It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top...

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Seven up Manchester City put Stoke to the sword
Oct 15

Seven up Manchester City put Stoke to the sword

Manchester : Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City produced an outstanding display to thrash Stoke City 7-2 and move two points clear at the top of the Premier League yesterday. City scored seven goals for the first time under Pep Guardiola, and for only the second time in the Premier League, as...

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United frustrate Liverpool in disappointing derby
Oct 15

United frustrate Liverpool in disappointing derby

Liverpool : A cautious Manchester United frustrated hosts Liverpool as a lacklustre North-West Premier League derby ended 0-0 yesterday with neither side able to find the creative touch. The draw leaves United alone at the top of the table on 20 points although Manchester City, who are now a point behind,...

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Zarco, Nakagami and Bulega take pole for Japanese MotoGP
Oct 15

Zarco, Nakagami and Bulega take pole for Japanese MotoGP

Motegi : Yamaha’s Johann Zarco, Kalex’s Takaaki Nakagami and KTM’s Nicolo Bulega yesterday secured the pole positions in their respective categories in qualifying for the Japanese MotoGP at the Twin Ring circuit here. Zarco claimed his second pole this season for Sunday’s race in Japan...

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Sharapova soars past Peng to make first final since 2015
Oct 15

Sharapova soars past Peng to make first final since 2015

Tianjin : Maria Sharapova reached her first WTA final in almost two and a half years as she comfortably beat Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-1 yesterday. The Russian recorded her fourth consecutive straight-sets victory in this year’s tournament to overcome the third seed and earn a final against Aryna...

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Nadal to face Federer in Shanghai final
Oct 15

Nadal to face Federer in Shanghai final

Shanghai : The world’s top two players, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, will contest the Shanghai Masters final after both secured hard-fought wins yesterday. Top seed Nadal, seeking a seventh title of 2017, beat Croat Marin Cilic 7-5 7-6 (7-3) in two hours, 11 minutes. Federer showed great resolve to...

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Federer sets DelPo clash
Oct 14

Federer sets DelPo clash

Shanghai : No. 2 seed Roger Federer has reached the Shanghai Rolex Masters semi-finals. 2014 Shanghai champion Federer edged France’s Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-4. Federer blew a break point in the third game but managed to save Gasquet’s break point try in the sixth game.  The Swiss routinely...

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Gritty Nadal battles into Shanghai semifinals
Oct 14

Gritty Nadal battles into Shanghai semifinals

Shanghai : Rafael Nadal will play Marin Cilic in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday after the world number one was forced to fight past Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3. The Spaniard, who has never won the Shanghai showpiece, is chasing a seventh title in a brilliant season and a hat-trick of...

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Sharapova moves into Tianjin Open semifinals
Oct 14

Sharapova moves into Tianjin Open semifinals

Tianjin : Maria Sharapova breezed into the semifinals of the Tianjin Open with a comfortable straight sets victory against Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele. The former world No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam winner took just over an hour to win 6-3, 6-1 in China. Sharapova lost her first service game but fought...

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Germany beat Guinea 3-1, face Colombia in Round of 16
Oct 14

Germany beat Guinea 3-1, face Colombia in Round of 16

Kochi : European powerhouse Germany bounced back from their shock defeat in the previous match as they beat African side Guinea 3-1 to qualify for the knockout round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup yesterday. Germany scored through Jan-Fiete Arp (8th minute), Nicolas Kuehn (62nd) and Sahverdi Cetin (90+2), while...

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India vs Australia 3rd T20 called off
Oct 14

India vs Australia 3rd T20 called off

New Delhi : The deciding T20I between Australia and India in Hyderabad was abandoned as a result of a wet outfield. Over two weeks of heavy rain leading up to the match meant the ground had taken in a lot of water. And even though there was at least two hours of clear weather before the first ball was due, the...

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Nadal extends winning streak
Oct 13

Nadal extends winning streak

Shanghai : Rafael Nadal continued his assault on the Shanghai Rolex Masters title yesterday. The Spanish superstar was at his dominant best against Italian Fabio Fognini in a 6-3, 6-1 victory that set up a quarter-final clash against sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who is hoping to join Nadal at next month’s...

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Sharapova battles  past Linette
Oct 13

Sharapova battles past Linette

Tianjin : Maria Sharapova battled to the quarterfinals of the Tianjin Open, beating Poland’s Magda Linette 7-5, 6-3. Sharapova was seeking her third quarterfinal of 2017, but found herself facing a tough task against Linette. The Russian led 4-3, saving all five break points against her to stay in front -...

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Paraguay keeps winning
Oct 13

Paraguay keeps winning

New Delhi : Paraguay tested its bench strength, resting players who were on yellow, but still emerged unscathed in the final group game against Turkey 3-1 yesterday. The South American team registered its third consecutive victory and sealed the top spot. Giovanni Bogado, Fernando Cardozo, Antonio Gaeleano...

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Egypt’s football fans cheer World Cup qualification
Oct 12

Egypt’s football fans cheer World Cup qualification

Cairo : Egypt’s football fans have been celebrating euphorically following the country’s qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Egypt’s thrilling 2-1 victory over Congo on Sunday meant the team qualified for the first time in over a quarter of a century. It has sparked...

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Nehra to retire from all forms of cricket
Oct 12

Nehra to retire from all forms of cricket

New Delhi : Ashish Nehra will end his 18-year international career with the T20I against New Zealand on November 1 at his home ground, the Feroz Shah Kotla. The 38-year-old Nehra was one of the few remaining active internationals among those who began their career in the 1990s. He is also set to retire from...

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UEFA appoints Luis Figo as football advisor
Oct 12

UEFA appoints Luis Figo as football advisor

London : Former Barcelona and Portugal striker Luis Figo has joined UEFA as a football advisor. The 44-year-old’s role at European football’s governing body will include technical aspects and laws of the game. During his 20-year playing career, which also included spells at Real Madrid and Inter...

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India confirm finals berth
Oct 12

India confirm finals berth

Bengaluru : ‘Sleeping giant’ India woke up on Wednesday, securing their passage into the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates with a rousing 4-1 win against minnows Macau at the Sree Kanteerava stadium yesterday. A fourth straight win in Group A saw the ‘Blue Tigers’ cement...

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Maria Sharapova sails by  Begu in Tianjin opener
Oct 12

Maria Sharapova sails by Begu in Tianjin opener

Tiajin, China  : Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova got off to a flying start at the Tianjin Open yesterday, as she raced past No.9 seed Irina-Camelia Begu in her opening match, by the score of 6-4, 6-2. The former World No.1 had won both of her previous meetings with Begu in straight sets, and...

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Nadal, Federer ease through
Oct 12

Nadal, Federer ease through

Shanghai : Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer resumed their battle for the year-end number one ranking with imperious victories to reach the third round of the Shanghai Masters yesterday. Top seed Nadal extended his winning streak to 13 matches with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of American Jared Donaldson in the Qi Zhong...

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Portugal end Swiss winning run
Oct 12

Portugal end Swiss winning run

Lisbon : European champions Portugal qualified for next year’s World Cup with a convincing 2-0 home win over Switzerland on Tuesday, ending their rivals’ perfect record in Group B after an own goal by Johan Djourou set them on their way. With Bernardo Silva giving one of his best performances for his...

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Messi lifts Argentina  into World Cup berth
Oct 12

Messi lifts Argentina into World Cup berth

Quito, Ecuador : With Argentina’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in jeopardy, Lionel Messi scored a hat trick when he was needed most, rallying his country to a 3-1 win over Ecuador and a spot in Russia next summer. Argentina started the final night of South American qualifying in sixth place, with...

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Wozniacki zooms past Bouchard
Oct 11

Wozniacki zooms past Bouchard

Hong Kong : Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki had little trouble in her opening match at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open against Eugenie Bouchard, needing just under an hour to see off the Canadian 6-1, 6-1. It’s all come together in the last few weeks during the Asian Swing for the former World...

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Murray, Serena ‘will be back’ at Australian Open
Oct 11

Murray, Serena ‘will be back’ at Australian Open

London : Andy Murray and Serena Williams are set to play at the Australian Open in January, according to tournament director Craig Tiley. British number one Murray, 30, has not played since July when a hip injury hampered him in a quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon, while Williams, 36, gave birth to her first...

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Anderson, Querrey keep finals hopes on track
Oct 11

Anderson, Querrey keep finals hopes on track

Shanghai : Kevin Anderson and Sam Querrey made improvements on their respective chances of making debut appearances at the Nitto ATP Finals yesterday with both posting straight-sets first-round triumphs at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.  Anderson had an impressive 6-3, 6-1 victory over last week’s Rakuten...

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Nick Kyrgios retires after tie-break loss to Johnson
Oct 11

Nick Kyrgios retires after tie-break loss to Johnson

Shanghai : Nick Kyrgios was booed off court at the Shanghai Masters after going through with a threat to quit his match if he lost the first-set tie-break. The Australian lost the tie-break 7-5 to Steve Johnson soon after receiving a warning for smashing two balls out of court in frustration at a line call. He...

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Australia beat India, level series 1-1
Oct 11

Australia beat India, level series 1-1

Guwahati : India had a forgettable outing with both bat and ball as Australia bounced back in the T20 series with a crushing eight-wicket win in the second game yesterday. Rookie pacer Jason Behrendorff (4/21) ripped through the high-profile Indian batting to restrict the home team to a below par 118 at the...

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Sri Lanka claim test series 2-0
Oct 11

Sri Lanka claim test series 2-0

Dubai : Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera finished with five wickets to help Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the second Test in Dubai yesterday and take the series 2-0. Perera had figures of 5-98 as Pakistan, chasing a tough 317 to win, were bowled out for 248 in the second hour of fifth and final day at Dubai...

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Shafiq, Sarfraz revive Pakistan
Oct 10

Shafiq, Sarfraz revive Pakistan

Dubai : Chasing 136 at Abu Dhabi, Pakistan lost what seemed to be an un-losable Test. Having been 52 for 5 in the pursuit of 317, they have now left themselves a chance of winning what appeared to be an unwinnable one. In a series that has been enlivened by a flood of dramatic twists, the final session of day...

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Hamilton teases Vettel over Malaysia crash
Oct 10

Hamilton teases Vettel over Malaysia crash

Suzuka : Lewis Hamilton was the centre of attention in the pre-race drivers’ briefing at the Japanese Grand Prix after Romain Grosjean questioned the Brit’s seat-belt removal celebration. Hamilton had celebrated an unexpected victory in Singapore by undoing his seat-belt and leaning out the cockpit...

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Germany rout Azerbaijan 5-1
Oct 10

Germany rout Azerbaijan 5-1

Berlin : Leon Goretzka inspired Germany to a 5-1 rout over Azerbaijan as the defending champions wrapped up their World Cup qualification campaign in style. The Schalke midfiedler’s brilliant backheel sent the hosts on their way to victory at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern on Sunday. Sandro...

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Hami roars to Japan victory
Oct 09

Hami roars to Japan victory

Suzuka : A thrilling finish saw Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by just 1.2s to win yesterday’s 2017 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo taking third. The Suzuka round was equally notable, however, for Sebastian Vettel’s second retirement in...

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Chris Eubank Jr knocks out Avni Yildirim
Oct 09

Chris Eubank Jr knocks out Avni Yildirim

London : Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr produced a stunning third-round knockout to defeat Turkey’s Avni Yildirim in the super-middleweight World Boxing Super Series. The 28-year-old will face a semi-final against WBA champion George Groves or fellow Briton Jamie Cox, who meet at Wembley Arena on 14...

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Hamilton refuses to  get carried away
Oct 09

Hamilton refuses to get carried away

Suzuka : Lewis Hamilton says he is taking nothing for granted in the title race despite opening a huge lead with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver leads Sebastian Vettel by 59 points after his Ferrari rival retired early in Suzuka. “I just have to keep my head down and keep doing...

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Garcia grabs China crown
Oct 09

Garcia grabs China crown

Beijing : Caroline Garcia’s magical run through China has reached new heights. Garcia from France shocked impending World No.1 Simona Halep of Romania, 6-4, 7-6(3), to win the China Open yesterday. Garcia has won her second consecutive title and eleventh straight match, and will enter the Top 10 at World...

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Nadal storms to 75th title in Beijing
Oct 09

Nadal storms to 75th title in Beijing

Beijing : Nadal extended his win streak to 12 straight with the China Open title yesterday, defeating Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 6-1. The Spaniard, who remains undefeated since returning to World No. 1 on 21 August, tightened his grip on the top spot in the Emirates ATP Race To London. Now up to 2,360 points over Roger...

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Herath, Perera leave Pakistan in a spin
Oct 09

Herath, Perera leave Pakistan in a spin

Dubai : Sri Lankan spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera shared six wickets between them as Pakistan were dismissed for 262 on the third day of the second day-night Test in Dubai yesterday. Perera took 3-72 while Herath recorded figures of 3-84 as Pakistani batsmen once again flopped on a batting friendly...

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Sri Lanka in control
Oct 08

Sri Lanka in control

Dubai : Sri Lanka retained control of the Test, and by extension the series, thanks to Dimuth Karunaratne’s 196 and a pair of sprightly fifties from Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera. Pakistan’s small victories, however, ensured the dream of a squared series endures into day three. For them,...

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India beat Australia by nine wickets
Oct 08

India beat Australia by nine wickets

Ranchi : Skipper Virat Kohli played a sweet cameo after yet another impressive show by the bowling unit as India comfortably beat Australia by nine wickets in a rain-curtailed opening T20 International, here on Saturday. It was the seventh consecutive win for India in the shortest format against the Aussies, the...

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Halep world No1 after win over Ostapenko
Oct 08

Halep world No1 after win over Ostapenko

Beijing : Simona Halep has become world number one for the first time by beating Jelena Ostapenko to reach the final of the China Open. Romanian Halep won 6-2 6-4 in Beijing and will replace Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at the top of the rankings. She will face France’s Caroline Garcia, who beat Petra...

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Nadal faces Nick Kyrgios in final
Oct 08

Nadal faces Nick Kyrgios in final

Beijing : Rafael Nadal’s 60th victory of the season was a sweet one. The World No.1 battled past Grigor Dimitrov to book his spot in the 110th final of his career and fourth at the China Open. Nadal needed two hours and 16 minutes to overcome a dogged display from Dimitrov, prevailing 6-3, 4-6, 6-1...

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Hamilton flies to pole
Oct 08

Hamilton flies to pole

Suzuka : Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes staged a dramatic return to form in Suzuka, as the world championship points leader earned his 71st pole position – and his first at the charismatic Japanese track – after a stunning display that left rivals reeling. Team mate Valtteri Bottas was second, but a...

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Hamilton fastest amid Suzuka deluge
Oct 07

Hamilton fastest amid Suzuka deluge

Suzuka : Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes top of the pile as severe rain led to an almost total washout in second practice at Suzuka yesterday afternoon, with only five drivers setting timed laps and six electing not to run at all. Conditions were so bad that the start of FP2 was delayed indefinitely - and when the...

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Nadal through to quarters
Oct 06

Nadal through to quarters

Beijing : World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is through to the quarter-finals of the China Open after defeating Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 yesterday in Beijing. The Spaniard is bidding to win his second China Open title, following victory on his debut in 2005.  Nadal is also looking to boost his lead over Roger...

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Lack of penalties shows  driving style is fine
Oct 06

Lack of penalties shows driving style is fine

London : Haas driver Kevin Magnussen says the fact that he has not been penalised for his driving by Formula 1 stewards means he has no need to change his aggressive style. Magnussen has been involved in incidents with other drivers this season - notably at the Hungaroring, where he was involved in a spat with...

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Caroline enters quarter-finals
Oct 06

Caroline enters quarter-finals

Beijing : Johanna Konta is still not certain of qualifying for the WTA Finals in Singapore after Caroline Garcia reached the China Open quarter-finals. France’s Garcia, ranked 15th in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-1 to set up a meeting with Elina Svitolina. She would need to reach the semi-finals...

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'Giant tents' could end rain delays
Oct 04

'Giant tents' could end rain delays

London : English cricket chiefs are exploring deploying "giant tents" to ensure rain no longer stops play, a report said on Wednesday. Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper said research was being carried out into placing mesh netting over grounds after a US company approached the England and Wales Cricket...

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Sharapova labours into Beijing round three
Oct 03

Sharapova labours into Beijing round three

Beijing : Maria Sharapova again had to dig deep as she defeated fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in three sets in the second round of the China Open on Tuesday. The former number one, on the comeback trail after a 15-month drug ban, was never really comfortable on her serve on the outside hard court in Beijing,...

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Australia post 242-9 in 5th ODI against India
Oct 01

Australia post 242-9 in 5th ODI against India

Nagpur : Indian spinner Axar Patel claimed three wickets to help restrict Australia to 242-9 in the fifth and final one-day international in Nagpur on Sunday. The visitors suffered from a lack of partnerships despite a fluent 53 from opener David Warner after they elected to bat first. Left-arm spinner Patel...

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