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Football: Monaco beaten by late Lyon thunderbolt

PARIS  – Nabil Fekir s last-gasp free-kick delivered three crucial points to Lyon in Ligue 1 Friday as their captain sealed a 3-2 home win over champions Monaco. The defeat of the second-placed southerners offers Paris Saint-Germain the chance to climb six points clear at Dijon on Saturday. Lyon, who last ...

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Federal govt contemplates on legal aspects following FIFA’s ban

LAHORE – Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Thursday presided over a meeting in Islamabad to contemplate on legal aspects of FIFA’s action against Pakistan Football Federation. Participants were informed that FIFA had slapped ban following scuffle between two groups of PFF. Furthermore, audit wasn’t carried despite warnings ...

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Ireland to make Test debut v Pakistan in 2018

DUBLIN  – Ireland will play their first ever Test match against Pakistan on home soil next May, the country s cricket chiefs announced on Thursday. Afghanistan and Ireland became full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, taking the number of countries who play the five-day format of the ...

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Tennis: Nadal and Federer on collision course in Shanghai

SHANGHAI- Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breezed into the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday and Juan Martin del Potro defeated racquet-smashing Alexander Zverev. World number one Nadal blew away Fabio Fognini in 63 minutes and plays sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov as he pursues one of the few tournaments ...

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Golf: Holder Molinari in six-way Italian Open lead

MILAN  – Defending champion Francesco Molinari hit nine birdies to share a six-way lead with a seven-under-par 64 on the first day of the Italian Open in Monza on Thursday. The four-time European Tour winner from Italy shared the early lead with Thailand s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Wales s Jamie Donaldson and Swede ...

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Tennis: Kyrgios fined for storming off court in Shanghai Masters

SHANGHAI – Temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios was fined $10,000 and lost another $21,085 in prize money on Wednesday after storming off midway through his first-round match at the Shanghai Masters. Roger Federer meanwhile struggled past Argentine Diego Schwartzman, but Rafael Nadal raced into the third round as he attempts to ...

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Tennis: Sloppy Federer pushed all the way in Shanghai

SHANGHAI  – Roger Federer was uncharacteristically sloppy as he fended off dogged Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to labour into the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday. Federer next faces another potential banana skin in Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov on Thursday. There were 24 places in the rankings ...

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Tennis: Venus eclipsed by Japan’s rising star Osaka

HONG KONG – Venus Williams suffered a shock exit in the second round of the WTA Hong Kong Open on Wednesday, comprehensively beaten 7-5, 6-2 by teenager Naomi Osaka. Japan s top-ranked player reeled off eight consecutive games at one stage to power into the quarter-finals. It all seemed to be ...

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Tennis: Sharapova triumphs in Tianjin opener

TIANJIN – Maria Sharapova made an impressive start to the Tianjin Open on Wednesday by beating Romania s Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets. Seeded ninth, Begu loomed as a tricky first-round opponent for Sharapova, but the former world number one from Russia swept to a 6-4, 6-2 victory. However, two-time Wimbledon ...

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