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Salah retains African Player of the Year award Salah retains African Player of the Year award
Mohamed Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football by retaining his African Player of the Year award in Senegal Tuesday. The 26-year-old Liverpool star finished first with club-mate Senegalese Sadio Mane and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the other finalists. “I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah...
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Italian football remembers Astori on 32nd birthday Italian football remembers Astori on 32nd birthday
Tributes were paid to former Italian international footballer Davide Astori who died suddenly last year, on what would have been his 32nd birthday Monday. Fiorentina captain Astori was found dead in his hotel room in the northeastern city of Udine on March 4, 2018 ahead of a Serie A match against Udinese. “Always with us, happy birthday,” read a banner across the gates of the Stadio Artemio...
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Nishikori claims first title since 2016 with Brisbane win Nishikori claims first title since 2016 with Brisbane win
Japanese star Kei Nishikori claimed his first title since 2016 when he downed Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the final of the Brisbane International on Sunday. The Japanese star had not won a tournament since Memphis in 2016 and was hampered by a wrist injury the following year which forced a break from the 2018 tour. He was runner-up in Brisbane in 2017 but went one better this y...
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Giantkiller Andreescu sends Venus packing Giantkiller Andreescu sends Venus packing
Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu stunned Venus Williams in the WTA Auckland Classic quarter-finals to continue her giantkilling run Friday, while defending champion Julia Goerges survived a match-point scare. The 18-year-old Andreescu, ranked 152nd in the world, beat Williams, 20 years her senior and a seven-times Grand-Slam winner, 6-7 (1/7), 6-1, 6-3. The come-from-behind victory came a day ...
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Unheralded Andreescu knocks Wozniacki out of WTA Auckland Classic Unheralded Andreescu knocks Wozniacki out of WTA Auckland Classic
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki was bundled out of the WTA Auckland Classic in the second round Thursday, beaten in straight sets by 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu. It was a blow for Wozniacki who was looking for as much court time as she could get in Auckland on her way to defending her Australian Open crown. She was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by the Canadian teenager who is ranked 152nd in the wor...
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Chelsea sign Christian Pulisic from Dortmund Chelsea sign Christian Pulisic from Dortmund
American international Christian Pulisic, regarded as one of the hottest properties in European football, signed for Premier League side Chelsea for a reported fee of £58 million ($74m) from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. The 20-year-old right winger — who has had more playing time in the Champions League this term than the Bundesliga as coach Lucien Favre generally prefers England internation...
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Brisbane International: Murray ‘positive’ after winning start in 2019 Brisbane International: Murray ‘positive’ after winning start in 2019
BRISBANE: Former world number one Andy Murray was upbeat after making a winning start to 2019 with a straight sets victory over Australian James Duckworth in the Brisbane International on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Scot missed 11 months of last year with a hip injury and has slumped to a world ranking of 240. He had not played competitively since pulling out of the China Open in September, a...
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Kante strike gives Chelsea 1-0 win at Crystal Palace Kante strike gives Chelsea 1-0 win at Crystal Palace
Chelsea kept up their pursuit of the Premier League’s top three clubs with a 1-0 win away to London rivals Crystal Palace on Sunday, thanks to a strike by N’Golo Kante early in the second half. Chelsea had to work hard to break down Palace who had taken seven points in their previous three matches, including a shock win over champions Manchester City, but seemed content to allow their visitors ...
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India, pitch frustrate Australia on grinding Boxing Day India, pitch frustrate Australia on grinding Boxing Day
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli combined to frustrate Australia for an entire session as India held the whip-hand at 215 for two at the close of a grinding opening day of the third Test on Wednesday. Pujara raised his 21st Test half-century to be 68 not out at stumps, with Kohli on 47 as Australia's bowlers endured a day of toil on a toothless Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket after the India c...
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Shiffrin youngest woman to reach 50 World Cup wins Shiffrin youngest woman to reach 50 World Cup wins
COURCHEVEL: American Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest woman to win 50 World Cup ski races with victory in the slalom in the French Alps on Saturday. The 2014 Olympic champion, who led after the first run in Courchevel, finished 0.29sec ahead of Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and 0.37sec ahead of Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter in third place. It capped an impressive 24 hours after she had won the g...
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