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German cancer researcher becomes first woman to win 4,000km cycling race German cancer researcher becomes first woman to win 4,000km cycling race
BREST, FRANCE: German cancer researcher Fiona Kolbinger won the mixed annual 4,000km cycling Transcontinental Race on Monday, becoming the first woman to do so. Kolbinger, 24, arrived in Brest, north-west France, after 10 days two hours and 48 minutes in the saddle since starting the seventh edition of the race in Bulgaria on July 27. “I am so happy to win. I was targeting the women’s pod...
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Messi out with injury ahead of La Liga restart Messi out with injury ahead of La Liga restart
BARCELONA: Barcelona captain Leo Messi is out of action less than two weeks ahead of the opening of La Liga season after injuring his right calf in training on Monday. “I wanted to get started and unfortunately I had a mishap during the first training session which will keep me out of action for a while,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner posted on Instagram. The Argentina star has already ...
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Hamilton shows pace to go top with record lap Hamilton shows pace to go top with record lap
HUNGARORING: Lewis Hamilton proved he retains his pace and the intensity required for a title scrap when he topped the times for Mercedes in Saturday’s third and final practice for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. With dark clouds threatening rain, the revitalised defending five-time world champion responded to a record-breaking lap from Dutch tyro Max Verstappen of Red Bull with an outright re...
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Kvitova withdraws from Toronto, Williams seeded Kvitova withdraws from Toronto, Williams seeded
TORONTO: Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from next week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto after failing to recover from an arm injury which has dogged her season, organisers said Friday. Tennis Canada said in a statement that the 29-year-old Czech star’s withdrawal would mean former world number one Serena Williams is now given a top eight seed. Venus Williams will take ...
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US women's league seeks World Cup-winning bounce US women's league seeks World Cup-winning bounce
NEW YORK CITY: The US women’s football team is the best on the planet, but the sport’s domestic league is virtually unknown. Players, organisers and fans hope that is about to change as the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is looking to capitalise on the national team’s triumph at the World Cup in July — and it could already be seeing a bounce. “We’re seeing a huge wave from the World...
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The Ashes: Three key battles The Ashes: Three key battles
World Cup winners England are switching their focus to regaining the Ashes, with Australia desperate to beat their oldest enemy away from home for the first time since 2001. AFP Sport looks at three key battles in the five-Test series that starts at Edgbaston on Thursday: Both England and Australia have batsmen at the top of the order with the ability to dictate the pace of an innings and wi...
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Man United legend Evra announces retirement to focus on coaching Man United legend Evra announces retirement to focus on coaching
ROME: Former France and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has called time on his playing career, according to the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport. “My career as a player is officially over,” the 38-year-old told the paper. Evra made his name with Nice and Monaco before Alex Ferguson signed him for Manchester United in 2006. He would go on to make almost 300 appearances for the clu...
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Verstappen wins chaotic German Grand Prix Verstappen wins chaotic German Grand Prix
HOCKENHEIM: Max Verstappen took full advantage of his rivals’ calamities on Sunday to win an epic, rain-lashed and wildly-spectacular German Grand Prix for Red Bull ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. The 21-year-old Dutchman secured his second win of the season and seventh of his career, finishing ahead of four-time world champion Vettel, who had started 20th and last on the grid. New d...
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Pakistan launch first Under-20 Asian Style Kabaddi Championship Pakistan launch first Under-20 Asian Style Kabaddi Championship
Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) Secretary Rana Sarwar said on Friday said the inaugural edition of All Pakistan Inter Divisional Under-20 Asian Style Kabaddi Championship will help in unearthing talent. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the new Championship Sarwar said the tournament will help uncover youngsters with potential. “This year Pakistani players will participate in the Junio...
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Real Madrid's Asensio could miss season after rupturing ACL Real Madrid's Asensio could miss season after rupturing ACL
MADRID: Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during a friendly against Arsenal, the Spanish club announced Wednesday, and is expected to miss most if not all of the next La Liga season. The club said the Spanish 23-year-old will soon undergo surgery for the injury, which occurred just minutes after he scored an equalising goal in Real’s win over Arsenal in ...
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