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Tireless Mbappe sends PSG top with brace at Nimes

Kylian Mbappe shrugged off any lingering fatigue to score twice in his second game in 48 hours as Paris Saint-Germain defeated 10-man Nimes 4-0 on Friday to take over top spot in Ligue 1. The France forward struck the opener on 32 minutes at the Stade des Costieres and netted again late on as a weary Nimes folded following the ...

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Karthik hands over KKR captaincy to England’s Morgan

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik stepped down Friday as captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, handing over to England’s Eoin Morgan for the rest of the Indian Premier League tournament. Hours before Kolkata were to take on the Mumbai Indians in the Twenty20 tournament, the franchise said that Karthik, 35, wanted to “focus on his batting and contributing more to the team’s ...

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England confirm invitation to tour Pakistan in 2021

England could tour Pakistan for the first time in over a decade after officials confirmed they had received an invitation to visit the Asian giants early in 2021 for a “short white-ball series”. Fifty-over world champions England have not played in Pakistan since 2005/06. An attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in 2009 ended major cricket tours ...

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Jahanara eyeing to have taste of championship

Bangladesh women pacer Jahanara Alam is eyeing to have the taste of the championship as she prepares to feature in the upcoming edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge 2020. Jahanara, who is the only Bangladeshi to feature in successive editions of the tournament that is known to be women’s IPL, still regrets failing to clinch the trophy. The right-arm pacer ...

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Ronaldo-less Portugal down Sweden to maintain Nations League control

Portugal made light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence due to a positive coronavirus test to see off Sweden 3-0 on Wednesday and stay top of their Nations League group. A Diogo Jota brace and another strike from Bernardo Silva were enough to stay level on 10 points with France and hold onto first place in League A Group 3. Ronaldo, who ...

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Neymar hat-trick fires Brazil past Peru, Argentina labor

Neymar scored a hat-trick to become the second highest scorer in Brazil’s history as the Copa America champions won 4-2 away to 10-man Peru in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The goals took Neymar to 64 international strikes, two more than Ronaldo but still well behind Pele’s record of 77. Elsewhere, Joaquin Correa scored the winner 11 minutes from ...

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IPL 2020: Kohli hails ‘super-human’ De Villiers after Bangalore’s massive win

Skipper Virat Kohli Monday praised AB de Villiers’ “super-human” effort on a sluggish pitch after the South African great hit a match-winning 73 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Bangalore thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs in Sharjah as De Villiers stood tall with his 33-ball blitz and an unbeaten century stand with Kohli, who made ...

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Ex-India football captain Carton Chapman passes away

Former India football captain Carlton Chapman, who had formed a deadly trio in club football with Bhaichung Bhutia and IM Vijayan in the 1990s, died on Monday following a heart attack in Bengaluru. He was 49. Chapman was hospitalised on Sunday night at a hospital in Bengaluru and passed away early this morning. “I got a call from Bengaluru from ...

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Germany squeeze past Ukraine to seal first Nations League win

Germany picked up a first win in their Nations League group on Saturday with a workmanlike 2-1 away victory against Ukraine to break their run of three straight draws, but head coach Joachim Loew admitted they should have won by more. Defender Matthias Ginter gave Germany a first-half lead in Kiev, then Leon Goretzka capitalised on a horrible mistake by ...

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