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Serena Williams beats sister Venus Williams at US Open

Serena Williams roared through her 30th career meeting with her sister Venus on Friday, booking a US Open fourth-round berth with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.   Serena was all business for the highly anticipated all-Williams clash under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium.  Despite — or because of — the emotional and tactical challenges of facing Venus, the 23-time Grand ...

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Pujara’s ton-up gives India a narrow lead in fourth Test

Cheteshwar Pujara’s painstaking century gave India a narrow lead on the second day of the fourth Test after England off-spinner Moeen Ali took five wickets at Southampton on Friday.   Pujara’s near six-hour 132 not out was the cornerstone of India’s 273, made in reply to England’s first-innings 246.  Ali took five wickets for 63 runs in 16 overs — ...

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Kaka back in Italy to discuss AC Milan role

Former AC Milan and Brazil star Kaka has returned to Italy amid reports Wednesday he is set for a backroom role with the fallen Serie A giants.   The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner is reported to be looking at the possibility of joining the club’s board along with fellow AC Milan icons Leonardo and Paolo Maldini.  Another ex-Milan teammate Gennaro ...

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Loew rejects Ozil’s racism accusations

Joachim Loew has rejected Mesut Ozil’s accusations of racism within the German FA (DFB) as the head coach gave his analysis of Germany’s World Cup debacle on Wednesday.   “Mesut made allegations of racism, but I can clearly say that in the DFB, there have never been racist comments,” Loew said while announcing his squad to face world champions France ...

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Ireland beat Afghanistan by three wickets to level ODI series

Ireland levelled a three-match ODI series with Afghanistan at 1-1 with victory by three wickets in Belfast last night.   The visitors chose to bat first but posted a modest total of 182 for nine as Tim Murtagh collected career-best figures of 4-30.  Propelled by a half century from Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland then reached their target of 183 with six ...

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Federer dominates Nishioka to reach US Open 2nd round

Five-time champion Roger Federer eased into the second round of the US Open on Tuesday, beating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.   Federer, who claimed his last title at Flushing Meadows back in 2008, needed an hour and 52 minutes to dispatch Nishioka, who was ranked 58th in the world last March before tearing a left knee ligament and ...

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Inter Milan lose ground in Serie A with Torino stalemate

Inter Milan, considered among the Serie A title challengers this season, lost further ground by letting a two-goal led slip to draw 2-2 with Torino on Sunday meaning Luciano Spalletti’s side have taken a single point from their first two games.   Champions Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 and last season’s runners-up Napoli came from two goals down to rally past ...

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Canadian star Brooke Henderson wins CP Women’s Open

Regina, Aug 27 : Brooke Henderson’s adoring home fans chanted her name and sang “O Canada.” Her father raced onto the 18th green to shower her and sister/caddie Brittany with champagne. Delivering in front of a huge gallery at chilly and rainy Wascana Country Club, Henderson had a lot to celebrate after becoming the first Canadian to win the country’s ...

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DeChambeau sails to victory in FedEx Cup playoff opener

Paramus, Aug 27 : To his right was the silver trophy Bryson DeChambeau won Sunday at The Northern Trust, a victory that felt comfortable to everyone but him. To his left was the silver FedEx Cup trophy, a reminder of the ultimate prize in the PGA Tour season. Missing was the gold Ryder Cup trophy. DeChambeau took a giant step ...

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Domestic violence case filed against cricketer Saikat

Bangladesh national team cricketer Mosaddek Hossain Saikat. Photo: Collected Mymensingh, Aug 26 : A case was recorded against the Bangladesh national team cricketer Mosaddek Hossain Saikat over domestic violence on Sunday. The news will come as a blow to those who believe Saikat, 22, to be the most promising batting talent of his generation in the country. Yet it continues ...

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