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Nadal beats Djokovic, sets up Zverev clash in Rome final

ROME: Rafael Nadal closed in on an eighth Rome Masters title as he dismissed old rival Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final for a record-extending 10th time. The Spanish top seed will meet second-seeded holder Alexander Zverev, a 7-6 (15/13), 7-5 winner over Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic. His impressive win over Djokovic will give...

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Nadal beats Djokovic, sets up Zverev clash in Rome final

ROME: Rafael Nadal closed in on an eighth Rome Masters title as he dismissed old rival Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final for a record-extending 10th time. The Spanish top seed will meet second-seeded holder Alexander Zverev, a 7-6 (15/13), 7-5 winner over Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic. His impressive win over Djokovic will give...

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Simona Halep beats Maria Sharapova to reach final

ROME: Simona Halep profited from a miserable day on serve for Maria Sharapova to reach the Italian Open final with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat of the five-time Grand Slam winner on Saturday. The Romanian world number one will bid for the title on Sunday against Elina Svitolina in a repeat of last year´s final won by the Ukrainian. Svitolina...

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Stevenson draws with Jack to keep light-heavyweight crown

Haitian-born Canadian Adonis Stevenson retained his World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title on Saturday after fighting Sweden's Badou Jack to a majority draw in which no judge scored him a winner. Stevenson, a 40-year-old southpaw, kept the title after two judges scored the bout 114-114 and the third saw Jack as a 115-113 winner in the title bout at Toronto. In...

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Ronaldo and Bale score in Real draw as Zinedine son makes debut

Real Madrid's final Champions League rehearsal was running perfectly on Saturday until Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted and Villarreal scored twice to snatch a 2-2 draw. Gareth Bale and Ronaldo put Real in cruise control at the Estadio de la Ceramica but the Portugese, along with Luka Modric, was taken off shortly after the hour and Villarreal came surging back. It...

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Shahid Afridi confirms to play for ICC World XI’s charity match against West Indies

Web Desk:  All-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi has confirmed on Saturday to feature in ICC World XI's charity match against West Indies on My 31. Veteran cricket took to social media platform and tweeted that: "I will be playing ICC World XI vs WestIndies match as I feel strongly to support this as a cricketer & Muslim." "My Allah recommends to...

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Nadal, Djokovic to meet for 51st time in Rome

Novak Djokovic set up an Italian Open semi-final blockbuster against old rival Rafael Nadal after both former world number one players battled back in thrilling last-eight clashes on Friday. The Serb fought back against Kei Nishikori to earn a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win while top seed Nadal continued his clay court domination with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Italy's...

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Watch: ‘Mr 360 degree’ AB De Villiers just took the best catch of century

Web Desk: AB de Villiers seems to make it a habit of being spectacular in whatever he does on a cricket field and the talismanic South African’s gravity-defying catch in Indian Premier League (IPL) match only added to his legend. The Sunrisers Hyderabad’s chase was into its eighth over when their English opener Alex Hales launched spinner Moeen Ali into...

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Botham backs controversial 100-ball cricket format

England great Ian Botham has backed controversial plans for a new city-based 100-ball competition despite widespread criticism from within the game. The former all-rounder believes England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves is right to press ahead with the "Hundred" concept in the hope that it can match the global appeal of the Indian Premier League and Australia's Big...

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Breaking Stereotypes: First ever transgender sports festival concludes in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The first ever sports festival for the transgender community concluded here on Thursday. Breaking stereotypes, for the first time in the history of Pakistan, government organised a Festival for the Trangender Community in Peshawar, where an array of sports were played. A large number of transgenders from Quetta, Mardan, Nowshera and Peshawar district took part in different sports disciplines including cricket,...

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PCB serves show-cause notice to Mohamamd Hafeez over comments about ICC

Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has issued a show-cause notice to all- rounder Muhammad Hafeez over his comments seeking explanation on International Cricket Council(ICC) alleged dual-procedures to asses the bowling action of a off-spinner. Hafeez, passed those remarks about the cricket governing body in an interview to a British media outlet, where he questioned the procedure. It is pertinent to mention that...

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Still in ‘shock’, Wenger is not yet to quit, seeking different roles

Arsene Wenger admits he is still in shock after the curtain finally came down on his 22-year-reign as Arsenal manager and told The Guardian he will decide by the start of the World Cup as to do next. The 68-year-old Frenchman — whose trophy-laden reign at the Gunners came to an end without any silverware in his final season and failed to...

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Root returns to number three to shoulder more responsibility

LONDON: Joe Root believes a year in the captaincy has given him the experience he needs to move up the England batting order to the pivotal number three position for the two-test series against Pakistan beginning on Thursday. Since replacing Alastair Cook as the test captain last year, Root has batted at number four and juggled the dual demands of...

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Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be ‘basis’ for retirement call

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career. After a one-year hiatus from the ring, the 39-year-old has started training two weeks earlier than usual to bring himself up to peak fighting condition. "I am not saying it...

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Germany most likely to win World Cup: UBS

ZURICH: Every four years some economists turn their talent for making predictions about global finance to the topic of the World Cup. Will Iceland or Panama lift the trophy this year, or perhaps hosts Russia? Forecasters at Swiss bank UBS on Thursday came up with a more, well, predictable choice: Germany. UBS sees a 24 percent probability that Germany who...

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Mark Waugh slams ‘selfish’ India

Sydney - Retiring selector has lashed out at "selfish" India for refusing to play a day-night Test during their tour of Australia, accusing the cricketing power of holding back the game. Cricket Australia wanted the first Test in Adelaide from December 6 played under lights to tap into the growing popularity of pink-ball cricket. But India, who are yet to...

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Antoine Griezmann steers Atletico Madrid to Europa League title

Antoine Griezmann was the hero for Atletico Madrid as the French striker scored twice in their 3-0 win over Marseille in Wednesday's Europa League final in Lyon, allowing his club to win the trophy for the third time in nine seasons. It is Griezmann's first major title with Atletico, and a fitting way to bow out if he leaves at...

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