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Imran Khan and other sports stars turned politicians

Imran Khan's anointment as Pakistan's new prime minister caps a more than two decade transformation from a World Cup winning cricket captain to a world leader. But he is not the only one to have swapped playing fields for the hustings. Here are five other sport stars who have made a similar switch: George Weah  Imran's elevation to premier is...

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Pacquiao, the Philippines hero still king of the ring at 39

Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, who won back the welterweight world title in stunning fashion on Sunday, is idolised by tens of millions in the poverty-afflicted Philippines after rising from the streets to the pinnacle of boxing. Known to his countrymen in the Asian archipelago as "The National Fist", Pacquiao knocked out Argentine Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur to be crowned World...

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Djokovic seeks rest and calm before final against Anderson

LONDON: Novak Djokovic envies Kevin Anderson the extra night’s sleep he’ll have had before the pair meet in the men’s Wimbledon final on Sunday. Both finalists played record-breaking, energy-sapping five-set semi-finals to reach the tournament’s finale. But Anderson’s six-hour-36-minute duel with John Isner at least finished on the day it started on Friday. Djokovic’s thriller against long-time rival Rafael Nadal...

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France holds breath as football brings nation together

French fans dared to dream of a World Cup victory on Sunday as they prepared to watch the game on a sunny summer weekend after a tournament that has lifted spirits and led to a rare sense of national unity. Football fever has slowly built over the last four weeks as the country took its young national team to heart,...

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Kerber beats Williams to win 1st Wimbledon title

LONDON (AP) — Angelique Kerber was so steady, so patient, so accurate throughout the Wimbledon final. She never really gave Serena Williams much of a chance. Kerber won her first championship at the All England Club and third major overall by playing cleanly as can be and picking her spots for big shots, beating Williams 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday. “I...

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Belgium defeats England to finish third in World cup 2018

Belgium beat England in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday to ensure their best-ever finish as tournament top scorer Harry Kane admitted his side need to improve if they are to end their long trophy drought. Goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secured a deserved 2-0 victory in Saint Petersburg and meant Belgium bettered their performance at the...

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Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 278 runs in 1st Test

GALLE: South Africa collapsed dramatically against Sri lanka´s spin to crash to 73 all out in the first Test in Galle on Saturday, their lowest total since readmission to international cricket. The dismal performance came a day after they were bowled out for just 126, which had been their previous lowest Test innings in Sri Lanka. Offspinner Dilruwan Perera took...

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Factbox: Belgium vs. England

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Belgium play England in the World Cup third-place playoff in St Petersburg on Saturday. Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg Capacity: 68,134 When: Saturday July 14, 1700 local (1400 GMT/1000 ET) Referee: To be announced Key stats: - Belgium play in a third-place playoff match for a second time, having lost 4-2 after extra time to...

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Croatia stand between Mbappe’s France and World Cup glory

A month on and 63 games later, the 2018 World Cup reaches its climax on Sunday as a young France side spearheaded by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann look to win the trophy for the second time when they take on Croatia in Moscow. It is a final very few people could have anticipated four weeks ago, when the competition...

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First ODI: Imam stars as Pakistan thrashes Zimbabwe by 201 runs

BULAWAYO: Pakistan thrashed Zimbabwe by 201 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) match of the Five match series being played at Bulawayo on Friday. Batting first Pakistan scored 308 runs in allotted 50 overs, courtesy career-best 128 from opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq. He was awarded Man of the match. In response the host were all out all out on 107 runs...

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There is more to Croatia than just Modric magic

MOSCOW: Croatia´s run to the World Cup final is largely down to Luka Modric´s tireless work in midfield but their ability to switch tactics efficiently should be a warning for opponents France on Sunday. When the two sides meet at Moscow´s Luzhniki Stadium all eyes will be on Modric and how the French will attempt to put shackles on the...

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Ronaldo’s Juventus move sparks strike in Italy

ROME: Fans of Italian giants Juventus are delighted their team has netted Cristiano Ronaldo as their star summer recruit -- but a union has called a strike saying the 100 million-euro signing is too much. The USB union confirmed Thursday it has called a three-day strike from Sunday at the Fiat plant in the southern town of Melfi in protest....

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Sarfaraz confident for series win against depleted Zimbabwe

Bulawayo: Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said that men in green must not consider Zimbabwe a weak side as Pakistani team also making on the field with young names. “No team can be considered a weak opponent  yet, we are also playing with relatively young side”, said Sarfaraz in a press conference held at Bulawayo ahead of the first...

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Sublime Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final

Serena Williams booked a Wimbledon final rematch against Angelique Kerber as the seven-time champion marched into her 10th All England Club title match with a 6-2, 6-4 rout of Julia Goerges on Thursday. On 20-match winning streak at Wimbledon, Serena is the third oldest female Grand Slam finalist in the Open era at 36 years and 291 days. She will...

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Croatia reach World cup final after 2-1 win over England

MOSCOW: Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday and reach their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday, and send the Balkan nation into raptures. England, appearing in their first semi-final since 1990, had looked on course for their first final since...

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Djokovic through to Wimbledon semi-final, blasts ‘unnecessary’ warnings

LONDON: Three-time champion Novak Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori in a stormy Centre Court clash. Djokovic, 31, will be playing in his 32nd Slam semi-final where he will face either world number one Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro. It will be Djokovic's first...

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From player to one-man multinational — Cristiano Ronaldo

He may not have added the World Cup to his Euro 16 success and hattrick of Champions Leagues. But with another Ballon d'Or looking likely and a move to Juventus complete, Cristiano Ronaldo's status is as much that of multinational as footballer. The 33-year--old had long ago moved onto another plane in his nine years at the Bernabeu as the...

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