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Olympic swim champion Meilutyte retires at 22 Olympic swim champion Meilutyte retires at 22
VILNIUS: Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte announced her retirement on Wednesday at the age of 22 after missing three doping tests, ending a career in which she became Olympic and world champion. Lithuania’s swimming federation said earlier this month that Meilutyte faced a suspension of up to two years for missing three drug tests, meaning she would be ruled out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. ...
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Qualifiers begin long road to French Open glory Qualifiers begin long road to French Open glory
PARIS: Almost three weeks before the world’s best fight it out for the French Open titles, hundreds of players, including grizzled veterans and teenage hopefuls, have descended on Roland Garros for qualifying. The men’s opening round got underway on Monday, despite the tournament proper not due to start until Sunday, with 128 entrants playing for only 16 spots in the main draw. On Tuesday,...
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Amir, Riaz, Asif included in Pakistan squad for 2019 World Cup Amir, Riaz, Asif included in Pakistan squad for 2019 World Cup
The national selection committee, headed by Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq, has made three changes to Pakistan’s 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup squad, after consultation with team management. According to details, after a disappointing one-day international (ODI) series against England, which Pakistan lost 4-0, the team management and selection committee has decided to make a ...
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Kompany to leave Man City on a high after treble Kompany to leave Man City on a high after treble
LONDON: Belgian defender Vincent Kompany said on Sunday he would be leaving Manchester City after helping the Premier League club to a become the first team to win the English treble of league championship and both domestic cups. “We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. And I cannot believe I’m writing this but … also my last as a Blue,” the City captain wrote in...
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Calf injury brakes Kvitova's French Open momentum Calf injury brakes Kvitova's French Open momentum
PRAGUE: Petra Kvitova heads into the French Open with two titles under her belt this year but a calf injury in a tournament tune-up match this week has hit the twice Wimbledon champion’s momentum. The 29-year-old Kvitova was forced to retire from the last major warm-up before Roland Garros with a left calf injury after trailing Greece’s Maria Sakkari 7-5 5-7 4-0 on Thursday in the third round...
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Injured Sharapova withdraws from French Open Injured Sharapova withdraws from French Open
PARIS: Maria Sharapova has pulled out of this year’s French Open with a shoulder injury, the two-time former Roland Garros winner announced on Wednesday. Sharapova, 32, a five-time Grand Slam champion, has not played since pulling out of a tournament in her native Russia at the end of January. “Sometimes the right decisions aren’t always the easiest ones,” she said in a post on her Instagr...
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Svitolina, Zverev ousted as Serena withdraws from Italian Open Svitolina, Zverev ousted as Serena withdraws from Italian Open
ROME: Two-time women’s holder Elina Svitolina crashed out of the WTA and ATP Italian Open on Tuesday along with Germany’s Alexander Zverev as Serena Williams’s return to the courts was short lived with her knee injury flaring up to force the American star out of the final warm-up before the French Open in two weeks times. Svitolina —who had a first round bye as fifth seed — held a match point...
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Muguruza beats Zheng to find her clay feet in Rome Muguruza beats Zheng to find her clay feet in Rome
ROME: Former French Open winner Garbine Muguruza warmed up for this month’s clay-court Grand Slam at Roland Garros by easing into the second round of the Italian Open on Monday with a straight sets win over China’s Zheng Saisai. Muguruza — a former world number one now ranked 19th — came through 6-3, 6-4 for her third win over 46th-ranked Saisai this season. The 25-year-old Muguruza, who w...
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Serena eyes return to winning ways in Rome Serena eyes return to winning ways in Rome
ROME: Serena Williams returns from injury in Rome next week looking to get back to winning ways as she prepares her bid to match Margaret Court’s record of major singles titles at the French Open later this month. Rome will be Williams’s fourth tournament of the season and the first since being forced to withdraw from the Miami Open in April due to a knee injury. The 37-year-old American —...
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Messi v Ronaldo: Atletico coach Simeone explains who is better and why Messi v Ronaldo: Atletico coach Simeone explains who is better and why
The debate over who is a better and bigger footballer between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may take decades to conclude, and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is the latest to give his two cents on the debate. Simeone lays out a simplistic approach to tabling the debate, saying both players fit in perfectly in different situations. “What I consider is that in a team with fewer solu...
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