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Sharapova wins first match after doping ban ends

STUTTGART  – Maria Sharapova marked her return from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday with a rusty 7-5, 6-3 first-round win over Roberta Vinci at Stuttgart s WTA tournament. Sharapova, the former world number one, brushed off a nervous start to claim a convincing win on her controversial comeback having tested ...

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Tennis: Ice cold in Stuttgart as Sharapova begins long road back

Maria Sharapova returns from a 15-month doping ban today (Wednesday). STUTTGART  – Maria Sharapova returns from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday with tournament promoters drooling over profit margins while rivals condemn the smooth road prepared for the Russian superstar s rehabilitation. When the former world number one and five-time Grand ...

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Football: Half-ton Costa gives Chelsea breathing room

LONDON  – Diego Costa scored his 50th and 51st Premier League goals as Chelsea overcame spirited Southampton 4-2 on Tuesday to establish a seven-point lead at the top of the table. Costa set up Eden Hazard s early opener, which was cancelled out by Oriol Romeu, before Gary Cahill restored the ...

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Yasir Shah the star as Pakistan rout West Indies

KINGSTON  – Yasir Shah completed a six-wicket haul to spearhead the second innings rout of the West Indies as Pakistan achieved a comfortable seven-wicket victory just after lunch on the final day of the first Test on Tuesday. Trailing on first innings by 121 runs and resuming at the overnight ...

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Pakistan eye win as Misbah, Yasir star

KINGSTON  – Yasir Shah ripped through the top order of the West Indies second innings in the final session of another long day to put Pakistan on course for victory at the end of the fourth day of the first Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Monday. After captain ...

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Shahid Afridi likely to get key post in PCB after farewell

Shahid Afridi and Najam Sethi met each other in a pleasant mood in Dubai on Sunday. DUBAI – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Executive Committee Najam Sethi has assured star all-rounder Shahid Afridi of an honorable farewell along with a PCB post in future. According to details, Shahid Afridi and ...

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Tennis: Nadal wins historic 10th Monte Carlo title

MONTE CARLO – Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters for a record-breaking 10th time with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Spanish compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Sunday. The 30-year-old Nadal, who now has 50 clay court titles and 70 in all, will be aiming for a 10th French Open ...

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