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FIFA WorldCup: Sweden thrashes S. Korea by 1-0 victory

A penalty awarded through video review gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday. Andreas Granqvist guessed correctly and easily converted the kick in a game Sweden mostly dominated. The victory was vital to Sweden. Mexico grabbed a surprise 3 points from Germany in this group on Sunday, and most everyone thinks Germany will come...

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Sharapova desperate to end 14-year losing streak to Serena

PARIS: Maria Sharapova admitted on Saturday that "numbers don´t lie" as she prepared to face bitter rival Serena Williams, who she has lost to 18 times in a row, in the French Open fourth round. Sharapova, who thrashed Karolina Pliskova in the third round, will face Williams for the 22nd time in the last 16 on Monday, after the American...

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Sergio Ramos releases World Cup anthem for Spain

MADRID: Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos released Friday an anthem for Spain’s 2018 World Cup campaign which he co-wrote with Spanish flamenco fusion singer Demarco Flamenco. The 32-year-old Spain captain uploaded on his Instagram page a short video teaser of the song, which he is seen performing with Flamenco, a former gas canister distributor. “I always keep my promises. This...

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Salman’s brother Arbaaz summoned in IPL betting row

MUMBAI: Indian police summoned the brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan Friday for questioning over illegal gambling on Indian Premier League cricket matches. The IPL has been dogged by gambling controversies since it started in 2008, and police say they have smashed a number of betting syndicates across India during this year´s season, which ended last week. "We have summoned...

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Pakistan Vs England 2nd Test day two likely to be washed out

LEEDS: Rain delayed the scheduled start of the second day's play in the second Test between England and Pakistan at Headingley on Saturday. The pitch and surrounding square remained fully covered due to the persistent early morning drizzle saw. The rain, falling steadily from grey skies above Leeds, did not show signs of stopping anytime soon. England, looking to bounce...

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Al Jazeera asked to disclose cricket corruption evidence by ICC

LEEDS: World cricket chiefs have again urged Al Jazeera to release all the material it has regarding corruption within the sport after the television station made a number of spot-fixing allegations in a recent documentary. The International Cricket Council said Friday it wanted to conduct a "thorough and fair" investigation and indicated this would not be possible until it had...

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Leeds Test: Pakistan all out for 174 against England

LEEDS, United Kingdom: Pakistan slumped to 174 all out after winning the toss on the first day of the second Test against England at Headingley on Friday. Teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan hit his third fifty in as many Tests before he was last man out for 56, with the 19-year-old's half-century the major source of Pakistan resistance with the bat....

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Serena keeps ‘Black Panther’ catsuit despite questions

Serena Williams will continue to wear her striking, all-black catsuit in her French Open second round clash on Thursday despite questions raised over whether or not it breaks the rules over appropriate on-court playing gear. The 36-year-old American dominated the headlines at Roland Garros on Tuesday when she made her return to Grand Slam tennis after giving birth to her...

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Mohammad Amir aims for win of a lifetime against England

Mohammad Amir has had some of the greatest and undoubtedly the worst days of his career in England — sometimes during the very same match. Fresh from helping bowl Pakistan to a crushing nine-wicket win over England in the first Test at Lord's, the left-arm paceman hopes he can enjoy the "best memory" with a series win in the second...

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Lewis stars as WI outclassed World XI in Hurricane Relief T20 clash

Web Desk: West Indies thrashes ICC World XI in a Hurricane Relief T20 match by 72 runs played at Lord's on Thursday. ICC World XI required 200 runs to win, but fine bowling from the Carlos Brathwaite's side restricted the side to 127 runs in the T20I game staged with the support of the MCC, ECB and ICC to raise...

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Zidane leaves Real Madrid in shock after winning Champions League

Web Desk: Zinedine Zidane on Thursday announced he is quitting Real Madrid after two and a half seasons with the Spanish club. The surprise announcement comes less than a week after Zidane led Madrid to its third straight Champions League title. Zidane said he felt it was the right moment for him and for the club to make a change....

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Neymar on fast track to full fitness says Brazil teammate Danilo

Brazil star Neymar is getting fitter every day as the striker recovers from a broken foot, Brazil teammate Danilo said from their pre-World Cup training camp in London on Wednesday. The Paris Saint Germain forward was injured in February and is yet to play a match since then, with two weeks to go before the World Cup kicks off in...

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New T20 leagues are at greatest risk of corruption: ICC shed doubts

LONDON: Global cricket chiefs believe newly-emerging domestic Twenty20 competitions are the tournaments at greatest risk of corruption, following match-fixing allegations made by broadcaster Al Jazeera. International Cricket Council (ICC) officials are due to meet with Al Jazeera management as they look to explore all of the material, including as yet unbroadcast footage of claims against unnamed players that the Middle...

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Mohamed Salah will be all fit to play in World Cup, says Egyptian FA

Mohamed Salah could still play a role for Egypt at the World Cup after the Egyptian Football Association announced Wednesday that the injured Liverpool striker would be out for "not more" than three weeks. "The football federation reiterates that Salah will be at the World Cup, God willing, and will be out for no longer than three weeks," the federation...

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Amir eyes golden memory as Pakistan look to finish off England

Mohammad Amir claims bowling Pakistan to a Test series win in England would be "the best memory" of his life. Fired-up Amir was a key figure in Pakistan's nine-wicket win over England in the first Test at Lord's. The 26-year-old pace bowler took five wickets in a triumph that put Pakistan on course for a series victory. The second Test...

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Serena back in business as Nadal, Sharapova survive scares

Serena Williams made a winning return to Grand Slam tennis which was as memorable as her body-hugging black catsuit when she reached the Roland Garros second round on Tuesday. The 36-year-old downed Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to register her first victory at the majors since her 2017 Australian Open triumph. "I missed Roland Garros so...

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ICC decides against removing toss, recommends increased ball-tampering penalty

MUMBAI: Cricket's world body on Tuesday decided against scrapping the toss in Test cricket, describing it an integral part of the game. The International Cricket Council (ICC) was mulling doing away with the flip of the coin during the World Test Championship scheduled to start from July 2019 as part of measures to boost the flagging fortunes of the long...

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