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Football: Brilliant Neymar dazzles again in PSG romp

PARIS  – Neymar starred from beginning to end on his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring twice in a 6-2 thumping of Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Sunday. The Brazilian superstar had a hand in everything else his new side did at the Parc des Princes as they recovered from ...

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Tennis: Dimitrov downs Kyrgios for biggest career crown

CINCINNATI  – Grigor Dimitrov captured his seventh and biggest career title Sunday, defeating Australia s Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 to win the ATP Cincinnati Masters and boost his confidence for the US Open. The 11th-ranked Bulgarian never dropped a set in taking the top prize of $954,225 and his first Masters ...

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Tennis: Muguruza routs would-be No. 1 Halep for Cincy title

CINCINNATI  – Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza humbled second-ranked Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday s final of the WTA Cincinnati Open, denying the Romanian the world number one spot in the process. Sixth-seeded Spaniard Muguruza needed only 56 minutes to capture her second title of the year and her first in ...

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PCB strongly refutes Umar Akmal’s allegations

LAHORE  – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday strongly condemned the reckless statements made by batsman Umar Akmal with regards to his omission from the ICC Champions Trophy squad. “While making frivolous allegations against the national team management, Umar has made a bogus attempt to deviate attention from his ...

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Tennis: Pliskova wins twice to reach semis, secure No. 1 spot

CINCINNATI  – Defending champion Karolina Pliskova solidified her world number one ranking Friday by defeating fifth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and qualifier Camila Giorgi on Friday to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters semi-finals. The 25-year-old Czech, fighting to hold off Romania s second-ranked Simona Halep atop the rankings, first ousted Italian ...

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Football: Video referee landmark as Bayern claim opening win

BERLIN – Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday. The video assistant referee is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season and came into play for ...

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Tennis: Halep advances in quest to win title, take No. 1 spot

CINCINNATI – Second-ranked Simona Halep charged closer to taking the world number one ranking Thursday, beating Latvian 15th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-3 to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters quarter-finals. Romania s Halep, a French Open runner-up for the second time in June, can overtake top-ranked Czech defending champion ...

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