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True grit Sharapova back at French Open with point to prove

PARIS (AFP) – There will be questions about suspensions, favouritism and rivalries, and fashion, parties and candy lines. There will be accusations of slights — real or imagined — greeted either with a giggle, an icy stare or a pitch-perfect, withering put down. It can only mean one thing — ...

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Messi wins European Golden Shoe for the fifth time

BARCELONA (Sports Desk) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe for a fifth time. The Argentina international claimed the prize after scoring 34 goals in La Liga this season, helping his club to a 25th league triumph. Messi -who came off the bench in Barcelona’s final-day ...

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Rain helps Nadal claim stunning eighth Rome Masters title

ROME (AFP) – Rafael Nadal won the Rome Masters for the eighth time on Sunday when he defeated defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 after a stunning comeback. German second seed Zverev was 3-1 up in the decider before two rain stoppages halted his momentum. Top seed Nadal raced ...

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Wedding belle Serena sounds French Open alarm for rivals

PARIS (AFP) – Fresh from attending the Royal wedding, Serena Williams will take aim at the upstarts who have been honeymooning at the majors in her absence when she makes her long-awaited Grand Slam return at Roland Garros. The 36-year-old American, who first played the French Open in 1998, has ...

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Nadal, Djokovic to meet for 51st time in Rome

ROME (AFP) – Novak Djokovic set up an Italian Open semi-final blockbuster against old rival Rafael Nadal after both former world number one players battled back in thrilling last-eight clashes on Friday. The Serb fought back against Kei Nishikori to earn a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win while top seed Nadal ...

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Leishman leads by one midway through Byron Nelson

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Australian Marc Leishman followed up his career-best 61 with a five-under-par 66 on Friday to stay atop the Byron Nelson leaderboard with a tournament-record 36-hole score of 15-under par 127. Leishman broke the 36-hole record of 12-under 128 achieved on six prior occasions at the tournament ...

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