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Djokovic motors into quarters

World number one Novak Djokovic has a remarkably clear road to the ATP Cincinnati Masters final after producing an efficient victory Thursday while third seed Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open tuneup event. Djokovic was never in...

Watling puts New Zealand in strong position in Galle

A fighting half-century by wicketkeeper-batsman B.J. Watling helped New Zealand to take a highly competitive lead of 177 at stumps on day three in the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle yesterday. New Zealand, who trailed Sri ...

Osaka survives Hsieh

World number one Naomi Osaka survived a tough test against Hsieh Su-Wei and eked out a 7-6(3) 5-7 6-2 victory to reach her first ever quarter-final at the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday. Osaka, who lost to Hsieh at the Miami Open in Ma...

Patel takes five wickets as Sri Lanka reach 227 for seven

Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel became the first New Zealander to claim a five-wicket haul in Galle as the tourists restricted Sri Lanka to 227 for seven at stumps on day two of the first Test yesterday. In reply to New Zealand’s fir...

Hazlewood in the wickets on Ashes return

Australia’s Josh Hazlewood marked his entry into this season’s Ashes with three wickets as England were reduced to 201-6 at tea after the second Ashes Test at Lord’s finally started yesterday. England were in dire str...

Bahrain clinch WAFF title

Bahrain was crowned winners of West Asian Football Championship (WAFF) 2019 for the first time after defeating host country Iraq 1-0. Isa Ali Mousa converted the winning goal during the final match held at Karbala International Stadium...

Kohli leads India to victory over Windies

Classy Virat Kohli upstaged rampant Chris Gayle as India defeated the West Indies by six wickets in the rain-affected third and final One-Day International of their series at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Wednesday. Set a ...

Osaka, Halep, Barty advance

World number one Naomi Osaka and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep battled to three-set triumphs Wednesday at the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters while top seed Ashleigh Barty ousted Maria Sharapova. Reigning US and Australian Open champi...

Federer, Djokovic cruise on

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic overwhelmed opponents at the WTAATP Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday as they returned to action for the first time since the Serb’s victory over the Swiss in the Wimbledon final. Federer, seeded thir...

Monaco make Ben Yedder costliest Ligue 1 transfer of the summer

Monaco said yesterday that they had bought veteran French striker Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla, with young Portuguese attacker Rony Lopes going the other way. According to sources close to Monaco, the transfer is for 40 million euros...

Stosur, Gauff headline US Open wildcards

Former champion Samantha Stosur and teenage Wimbledon sensation Coco Gauff highlight the list of US Open wildcards announced on Tuesday. Gauff, 15, reached the Wimbledon main draw through qualifying then upset five-time champion Venus ...

Venus stuns holder Bertens as Serena withdraws

Former world number one Venus Williams, playing what she called “smart” tennis, beat defending champion Kiki Bertens 6-3 3-6 7-6(4) in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday before her sister Serena withdrew ...

Murray rates comeback ‘OK’ despite defeat

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said he “did OK” in his first singles match in seven months -- a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday. “I don’t really know what I was e...

Alex Marquez delays move to MotoGP

Moto 2 championship leader Alex Marquez has delayed his projected move into MotoGP by signing a new deal to race for Marc VDS in 2020, the Belgian team announced yesterday. The new one-year deal puts on hold the prospect of the 23-year...

Sharapova win sets up Barty battle

Maria Sharapova overpowered Alison Riske 6 -3 7- 6 (4 ) a t t h e Cincinnati Masters on Monday to set up a tantalising second-round battle with world number two Ash Barty, who defeated the Russian at this year’s Australian Open. ...

Andreescu wins in Toronto after Serena withdraws

A tearful Serena Williams saw her US Open preparation thrown into disarray Sunday as back spasms forced her out of the WTA Toronto final after just four games, handing Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu the title. Andreescu, 19, was up...

Dovizioso pips Marquez to win Austrian MotoGP

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso won the Austrian MotoGP yesterday to slightly close the gap between him and runaway championship leader Marc Marquez. Italian Dovizioso is still 58 points behind five-time world champion Marquez despite ...

Atletico new boy Felix’s double sinks Juventus

Summer arrival Joao Felix scored twice as Atletico Madrid beat Serie A winners Juventus 2-1 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday. Forward Felix, 19, who cost the Spanish club 126 million euros ($142 million) in July and was bought to f...

Serena sets Andreescu title clash

Serena Williams withstood the determined challenge of Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova Saturday, rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory to reach the WTA Toronto final. Williams, seeded eighth in a tournament she has won three times, will t...

Nadal eyes second Canadian title

Rafael Nadal is homing in on a second straight ATP title in Canada after reaching the Montreal Masters final without hitting a shot on Saturday. The top-seeded world number two was handed an extra day of rest when Gael Monfils withdrew...

Real Madrid go head-to-head with Barcelona for Neymar

Real Madrid will rival Barcelona in the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar this summer, according to reports in the Spanish press on yesterday. Madrid have shifted focus to Neymar after the close of the English Premier Lea...