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Tired Nadal withdraws from Queen's Club tournament

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Nadal, who completed a Roland Garros-Queen's-Wimbledon treble 10 years ago, had meant to return to try to do the same again as part of the strongest entry list in the tournament's history. "Very sorry to announce this withdrawal but I have to take some rest according to my doctor after q long clay court season". Tournament director Stephen Farrow admitted it was a disappointment not to have the world's top ranked player at the event. Read More »

Slick Pakistan too strong for Scotland in T20 rout READ MORE

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The visitors were thoroughly dominant in the 2nd T20I while Scotland didn't manage to cling on to the crucial moments in the game. Usman was named Man of the Match . Halfway through the innings, Scotland would have been pretty satisfied. They didn't leak as many runs as they did in the first T20I and would have felt that they had a chance of chasing this down. Read More »

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka signs contract extension

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Grant Xhaka has signed a new contract at Arsenal and will be an "important" player for new boss Unai Emery . Arsenal are continuing discussions with Bayer Leverkusen over a deal to sign goalkeeper Bernd Leno this summer, according to reports in the British media. Read More »

Own goal gifts Iran stoppage-time win over Morocco

However, they were left rueing the draw that saw them placed in the same group as 2010 winners Spain and reigning European champions Portugal, with only the top two sides advancing to the last 16. The best chance of the first half fell to Iran's Sardar Azmoun , though, who bore down on goal after latching onto Omid Ebrahimi's throughabll, but his shot was too low and Munir Mohamedi saved low with his feet. Read More »

New Zealand cricket legend Richard Hadlee undergoes surgery for cancer

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In a career spanning over nearly two decades, Sir Hadlee took 431 Test wickets from 86 matches and also had scored over 3,000 runs with two centuries and 15 half-centuries to his name. The operation had gone well and the 66-year-old has made excellent recovery. " I would also request people's understanding and acceptance of our request for privacy while we go through the next few months, both for ourselves and for the extended Hadlee family ", she added. Read More »

Australia must 'enjoy' jibes from Oval crowd, says Paine

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Sunday's stunning reverse in Edinburgh was England's first match since rising to the top of the global ODI rankings. Australia's rookie skipper, Tim Paine will continue with the tradition of shaking hands before the game. Even with such a modest total to chase, England nerves will have been jangling slightly when the towering figure of Billy Stanlake bowled Jason Roy (0) second ball and Neser then got Alex Hales (5) lbw. Read More »

Iran stun Morocco with stoppage-time own goal

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This is the first World Cup for Morocco since 1998 in France and their fifth overall. Iran's Portuguese coach Carlos Quieroz had clearly given his side instructions to defend deep and look to break on the counter-attack and two minutes before the break that approach nearly bore fruit. Read More »

Hearn calls Wilder’s bluff over Joshua fight

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Deas said the fight could be anywhere from September to November to avoid conflict with a potential Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch in September. Wilder's camp tried to hold out to see if they could come to an agreement to fight in the US, but instead, agreed to fight in the UK. "It's up to them to choose". Read More »

Fernando Alonso Alonso arrives in Le Mans ahead of debut

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Alonso is not the only ex-F1 champion making his debut at Le Mans this weekend; 2009 champion Jenson Button will be in action for SMP Racing in the LMP1 class. See more discussion on Alonso and McLaren's IndyCar prospects, and the Spaniard's chances at Le Mans, in Wednesday's F1 Report at 8.30pm on Sky Sports F1. Read More »

Mourinho furious about Premier League fixtures for next season

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Fulham begin with London derbies against Crystal Palace and Tottenham, while Cardiff follow their opener at Bournemouth with a home game against Newcastle . Manager Jurgen Klopp has done an impressive job of reestablishing Liverpool as a top-four Premier League side once again. However, the subsequent three will see United travel to the Etihad to take on champions Man City, St Mary's to take on Southampton and Anfield to face Liverpool . Read More »

Santos’ Rodrygo seals big-money Real Madrid move

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Real Madrid have signed 17-year-old forward Rodrygo from Brazilian side Santos in a deal reportedly worth in the region of £40million. Rodrygo has become something of a wonderkid over the past season, scoring six goals and providing two assists in 15 appearances in 2017-18, while he has also scored three goals in four games for Brazil's Under-17 side. Read More »

Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, asks for trade

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Whether the Celtics will enter the mix is still to be determined. With Leonard still under contract and a supermax deal looming large for the former Finals MVP, those outside of San Antonio immediately geared up potential trade talk for the guard. Read More »

Follow all the action in U.S. Open Round 2

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A spectator said "guaranteed this one isn't short" as Woods hit shot No. 5. He booked his US Open start through sectional qualifying in England but has no status on any worldwide tour. Quotable: "I enjoy the fight". "It's been a long time and this is not really the week I wanted to revisit that score". "When you get a bit cut up and bruised, it can change pretty quick". Read More »

Steven Gerrard signs young Liverpool midfielder on loan deal

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The 20-year-old put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Anfield before his temporary switch to Rangers. "I don't really think there is going to be time for me to be star struck and be in awe of him". "We want the players to buy into it, we want them to push and we want them to try and hit certain levels and standards that this club accepts because, unfortunately, levels haven't been hit in recent times and that's the reason why I'm here". Read More »

Former All-Star pitcher Kevin Brown holds alleged mail thieves at gunpoint

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After several reports of mail being stolen in the neighborhood, the 53-year-old Georgia native had made a decision to hide in a neighbor's yard and wait for the thieves to strike again, the newspaper reported. Deputies recovered more than $3,000 in cash and more than $16,000 in checks belonging to other people, the sheriff's office stated. Brown has also played with the Rangers, Orioles, Marlins, Padres and Dodgers. Read More »

Egypt coach ‘very optimistic’ Salah will play opener

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Certainly he doesn't feel afraid". Gimenez rose to meet a Carlos Sanchez free kick to take the South Americans to three points alongside Russian Federation, who beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday, and break the resistance of Egypt . And Cuper hinted on Thursday that it was the player who had the final decision whether to play . "We wanted to avoid risks in this match (with Salah), but I think he will be fine for the next game". Read More »

Welcome to Test cricket: Afghanistan rolled twice in day by India

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And it is only the 21st time a Test has ended inside two days. Afghanistan were awarded full Test status a year ago along with Ireland, who lost to Pakistan in their debut Test last month. The fact that the visitors had restricted India under 500, after Indian openers and centurions Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan gave India a flying start, was commendable. Read More »

Russian MP warns against sex with foreigners during World Cup

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The MP hence encouraged Russians to "have sex", adding that it is better when children are born out of such relationships. "Many years from now these children will remember that their parents' love story began during the World Cup in Russian Federation in 2018", Degtyaryov said , according to Tass. Read More »

Fulham 'keeping tabs on Aston Villa's Jack Grealish'

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The attacking midfielder won many plaudits and also glances from clubs across the Premier League and beyond. Aston Villa are facing a battle to hold onto key defender James Chester , with Premier League clubs circling and ready to offer £8 million for him, according to The Telegraph . Read More »

Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity to fight bankruptcy case

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Previous year bankruptcy proceedings were brought against the former tennis ace over money he allegedly owes to a London-based private bank, Arbuthnot, Latham and Co. "I should add that I am immensely proud of my appointment at the Sports and Culture Attache for the Central African Republic", he said. Becker's decision to become a diplomat could mean that none of the money he is expected to receive for commentating for the BBC at Wimbledon will go to his creditors. Read More »

Crowd favorite Halep rallies to win first Slam

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And no more questions about whether she would ever manage to become a Grand Slam champ, following two losses in finals at the French Open in 2014 and 2017, plus another at the Australian Open this January. The Romanian - a two-time finalist at Roland Garros - was well off the pace in the first set, with Riske taking full advantage, but she rallied back in style to win 2-6 6-1 6-1. Read More »

Kyrie Irving on free agency: Boston Celtics' organization has 'consistency,' 'authenticity'

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As he heads toward potential free agency next summer, Irving will have plenty of things to analyze - his current situation with the Celtics, other possible suitors, and everything that will go into a major career decision. "I've got to still get to work in terms of what I got to do to prepare, but, yeah, just leave those guys alone for a little bit then we'll start getting back into it". Read More »

Former heavyweight boxing champion Haye announces retirement

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Haye first retired in October 2011 on his 31st birthday, before returning for a grudge match with Dereck Chisora the following year. "Just as boxing gave me the chance to make my dreams a reality, I now hope my children do the same in whatever path they choose", Haye wrote. Read More »

Salah nearly certain to face Uruguay, reveals Egypt coach Cuper

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But they boast plenty of experience elsewhere, not least the potent frontline of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. They have had been sweating on the Liverpool forward's fitness after he suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final last month but there was some encouragement for Hector Cuper's side as Salah trained with the team on Wednesday. Read More »

England's Rashford suffers injury scare ahead of World Cup opener

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Captain Harry Kane and co. will be based in Repino to put the finishing touches to their World Cup preparations before trekking the 1,700km to Volgograd, one of Russia's most historic cities, on the banks of the River Volga. Will these veterans treat their first, and likely last, World Cup like a victory lap or a springboard to greatness? "It might give me a little bit of an opportunity, but it is about reading the game", Walker said. Read More »

Could Newfoundland experience a bit of the 2026 World Cup?

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Carlos Cordiero, president of the US Soccer Federation, told Congress: "It's a bit emotional for us today". "Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour". Lowy also said he believed Australia had a chance to qualify for the second round of the World Cup in Russian Federation. Morocco has now bid five times for the World Cup without success. Read More »

Russian Federation beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

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His World Cup highlight was undoubtedly 2010 when Uruguay finished fourth, inspired by Diego Forlan who was joint top scorer (his strike against Germany in the third-place play-off was selected as goal of the tournament) and awarded the Golden Ball, officially recognising him as the tournament's best player. Read More »

Worst US Open score: First-round 92 for Scott Gregory

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Ryan Fox is well place after a hard opening round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills. But former world No.1 Day wasn't the only casualty on a disastrous first round for many of golf's big names, with play expected to worsen as the afternoon groups face even stronger winds. Read More »

Top NBA Prospect Michael Porter Jr. Cancels Second Pro Day

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Porter's agency, Priority Sports, had previously informed teams that they could bring their own trainer and doctor for a 15- to 20-minute evaluation, a unique twist in the draft environment. Porter dropping to the late lottery would be a noteworthy turn of events for a player rated so highly in his high school class. Representatives of multiple teams that reviewed the information with their medical staffs say those results are encouraging. Read More »

U.S. Open leaderboard 2018

The 118th U.S. Open will be held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, N.Y. England professional golfer and former amateur star Scott Gregory has earned a severely unwanted record after a horror first round at the US Open. In all, Gregory collected two triple-bogeys, three double-bogeys and three pars during his nightmarish day at Shinnecock Hills. Gregory, who has no status on any worldwide tour, couldn't recall the last time he had failed to break 90 for 18 holes. Read More »

England arrive! Three Lions rock up at Repino hotel for World Cup

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The spirit in the camp appears to be brilliant, and there is a real positivity amongst England fans both in Russian Federation and back at home. England manager Gareth Southgate has said his players will fly to Russian Federation on Tuesday having started to build a bridge between the squad and a sceptical nation. Read More »

Antoine Griezmann set to decide Atletico Madrid future in 'The Decision' stunt

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The build-up to Thursday night's unusual show had plenty of people tuning in, with Barca centre-back Gerard Pique tweeting that he was looking forward to watching it alongside a popcorn emoji. It isn't bad luck, we are just lacking something. Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, recently stated in an interview that his star player, Paulo Dybala, is certain to stay at the Serie A club for one more season at least. Read More »