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Fighting Coco sets up Osaka showdown at US Open Fighting Coco sets up Osaka showdown at US Open
NEW YORK CITY: Crowd-pleaser Coco Gauff came through a tough battle with qualifier Timea Babos 6-2 4-6 6-4 on Thursday to set up a third-round clash at the US Open against top seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka. The 15-year-old American phenom was forced to dig deep to become the youngest player since Anna Kournikova in 1996 to reach the third round of the women’s singles at Flushing Mea...
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'Fastest woman' racing driver dies trying to break own record 'Fastest woman' racing driver dies trying to break own record
OREGON: Racing driver Jessi Combs, considered the “fastest woman on four wheels,” was killed in a car accident trying to break her own record, police said on Wednesday. Combs’s jet car crashed on Tuesday in the Alvord Desert where she was pronounced dead at the scene, officers in the northwestern US state of Oregon said in a statement. Combs, 39, earned her “fastest woman” title in 2013 ...
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'I believe in my ability', says defiant Sharapova 'I believe in my ability', says defiant Sharapova
Maria Sharapova said she remains confident in her ability to compete with the best despite Monday’s crushing defeat by old foe Serena Williams in the first round of the US Open. Five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova was ruthlessly dumped out in just 59 minutes on Arthur Ashe as Williams beat the Russian for the 19th time in a row to improve her record in the rivalry to 20-2. “Bottom line is ...
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Aguero reaches 400 goals in City stroll Aguero reaches 400 goals in City stroll
LONDON: Sergio Aguero reached 400 career goals as the Manchester City striker inspired the champions’ 3-1 win at Bournemouth. With Premier League leaders Liverpool off to a perfect start with three successive victories, City are already under pressure to keep pace. Pep Guardiola’s side did just that thanks to Aguero as City’s record goalscorer hit another milestone with a clinical double i...
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Five players to watch in Serie A Five players to watch in Serie A
MILAN: Eight-time holders Juventus begin their title defence and Napoli will be looking for their first Scudetto in 30 years as Serie A returns in Italy this weekend. Juventus, without new coach Maurizio Sarri, travel to Parma on Saturday, boosted by the signings of Matthijs De Ligt, Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot this summer with veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon back in Turin. Carlo An...
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Ajax finishes with 10 men and a goalless draw in Cyprus Ajax finishes with 10 men and a goalless draw in Cyprus
PARIS: Ajax finished with 10 men on Tuesday but moved closer to the Champions League group stage with a 0-0 draw away to APOEL in Nicosia in a playoff round first-leg match. The game was goalless but packed with incident. Ajax, a four-time winner of the competition and a semifinalist last season, dominated possession and created a string of promising situations. But the lively home atta...
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Deaf South Korean tennis player Lee notches landmark win Deaf South Korean tennis player Lee notches landmark win
WASHINGTON DC: Lee Duck-hee became the first deaf player to win an ATP match on Monday, making a statement with a straight-sets win over Henri Laaksonen in Winston-Salem. “People made fun of me for my disability. They told me I shouldn’t be playing,” the 21-year-old South Korean said after shrugging off a lengthy rain delay to post a 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 victory. “It was definitely difficult, bu...
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Langer says Smith blow may see neck guards become compulsory Langer says Smith blow may see neck guards become compulsory
Australia’s coach Justin Langer said there may come a time when batsman Steve Smith has to wear a neckguard on his helmet whether he likes it or not after the star batsman was felled by a bouncer in the second Ashes Test against England at Lord's on Saturday. Smith had made 80 on the fourth day when he was struck by a short ball from fast bowler Jofra Archer, timed at 92.4 mph (148.7 kph), on a...
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Federer optimistic despite Cincy setback Federer optimistic despite Cincy setback
CINCINNATI: Roger Federer remains determined to enter the US Open on full throttle despite taking a 6-3, 6-4 third-round loss Thursday to Andrey Rublev at the ATP Cincinnati Masters. The 70th-ranked Russian qualifier was still in awe after knocking off the seven-time tournament winner in 61 minutes — the quickest loss for the 38-year-old Swiss since 2003 in Sydney when he fell after 54 minute...
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US women's football team: mediation over in equal pay bid US women's football team: mediation over in equal pay bid
NEW YORK CITY: US women’s football players reached an impasse Wednesday in mediation with the US Soccer Federation in their dispute over equal pay with the American men’s squad. Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the US women’s players, said the group will “eagerly look forward to a jury trial.” The Americans captured their second consecutive Women’s World Cup title last month in France, c...
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