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Svitolina beats Halep to claim Italian Open title Svitolina beats Halep to claim Italian Open title
Elina Svitolina underlined her status as a top favourite for the French Open by sweeping Simona Halep aside 6-0, 6-4 to successfully defend her Italian Open crown on Sunday. In a repeat of last year’s final at the Foro Italico, Ukrainian Svitolina, seeded fourth, was up against Halep a day after the Romanian top seed had ousted Russian Maria Sharapova. But Halep’s hopes of overturning last y...
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Parma back in Serie A Parma back in Serie A
Chinese-owned club Parma have returned to Italy’s Serie A, securing a third successive promotion after being dumped into the fourth division following a series of financial crisis which led to bankruptcy. The club from the historical town in Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region sealed second place behind Empoli in Serie B after a 2-0 win at Spezia while rivals Frosinone could only draw 2-2 ag...
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Sharapova supports Serena’s Wimbledon bid Sharapova supports Serena’s Wimbledon bid
Maria Sharapova says she supports a Grand Slam seeding for longtime rival Serena Williams as the American tries to rebuild her career after giving birth nine months ago. The Russian, who reached the semi-finals of the Italian Open on Friday with a 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 7-5 defeat of reigning Roland Garros winner Jelena Ostapenko, showed a noticeably softer attitude towards the 36-year-old Williams wi...
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Buffon set for final Juventus bow Buffon set for final Juventus bow
Italy great Gianluigi Buffon will take his final bow in goal for Juventus on Saturday at the end of a 17-year stint with the Serie A champions. The 40-year-old’s 640th Serie A game will be against Verona in the Allianz Stadium before he steps aside to consider the next move in his already storied career. “Saturday will be my final match for Juventus and to end this journey with two cups… and...
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Griezmann double helps Atletico to Europa title Griezmann double helps Atletico to Europa title
Antoine Griezmann was the hero for Atletico Madrid as the French striker scored twice in their 3-0 win over Marseille in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Lyon, allowing his club to win the trophy for the third time in nine seasons. It is Griezmann’s first major title with Atletico, and a fitting way to bow out if he leaves at the season’s end, with Barcelona tipped as his next destination. ...
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Pakistan beat Ireland by five wickets in one-off Test Pakistan beat Ireland by five wickets in one-off Test
Ireland on Tuesday seemed to be on track to upset Pakistan in their first-ever Test match, but fighting fifties by opener Imamul Haq and right-handed batsman Babar Azam made sure the visitors chased the 167-run target at Dublin. In a match which saw the first day washed out, Pakistan dominated day two and three of the Test match by declaring their first innings on 310-9. Ireland were dismiss...
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Pakistan book their place in Street Child World Cup semi-final Pakistan book their place in Street Child World Cup semi-final
Pakistan have booked their place place into the semi-finals of the Street Child World Cup 2018 in Russia after defeating Tajikistan 2-0 in the quarter-final on Sunday. The team will face Indonesia in the semi-final on Monday. Earlier the team drew against Uzbekistan in a goalless match, and then defeated Russia Boys 3-1 in their next match setting up the fixture against Tajikistan. The te...
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Simona Halep's Madrid Open hat-trick bid ended by Karolina Pliskova Simona Halep's Madrid Open hat-trick bid ended by Karolina Pliskova
World number one Simona Halep's Madrid Open hat-trick hopes bit the dust as she was overpowered 6-4 6-3 in the quarter-final by inspired Czech Karolina Pliskova on Thursday. Halep, who has won the tournament for the last two years, had looked imperious on her way to the last eight, dropping only nine games in three matches including Wednesday`s win against Pliskova`s twin sister Kristyna. Bu...
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Pakistani cyclist peddles across the country in 186 days Pakistani cyclist peddles across the country in 186 days
Abdur Rehman Palwa began his quest to cycle across the country in October 2017 from Lahore – 186 days later he arrived in Islamabad having realised that finally his dream came true. It took 13 days for the ambitious cyclist to reach his first destination: Rawalpindi – a journey of 1,000 kilometres. He then peddled to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)...
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Juventus survive fright to move close to Serie A title Juventus survive fright to move close to Serie A title
Juventus fell behind to a first-half penalty before scoring three times after the break to beat Bologna 3-1 on Saturday and close in on their seventh successive Serie A title. The Turin side capitalised on dreadful defending by the visitors as they moved seven points clear at the top and will clinch the title without playing on Sunday in the unlikely event that challengers Napoli lose at home t...
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