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Ex-Uruguay defender Lopez named Cagliari coach

MILAN  – Uruguayan Diego Lopez has been appointed coach of Serie A strugglers Cagliari in place of the sacked Massimo Rastelli, the club said on Wednesday. The 43-year-old Lopez played for the club for 12 seasons from 1998 to 2010, and previously coached the Sardinian outfit from 2013 to 2014, ...

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Atletico on brink of early European exit

BAKU – Atletico Madrid suffered a fresh blow to their chances of progressing to the Champions League last 16 as 10-man Qarabag held on for a 0-0 draw to secure their first ever point in the competition in Baku. It could have been even worse for the 2014 and 2016 ...

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Pakistan eye more dominance in ODI series

ABU DHABI – The third One-Day International of the five-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi today (Wednesday). Pakistan s head coach Mickey Arthur has urged his players to keep their winning momentum intact. Pakistan has a 2-0 lead in ...

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Amir back in Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad

Pakistan announced 16-man squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka. LAHORE  – Pakistan recalled pace spearhead Mohammad Amir in the 16-man squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka starting next week. The 25-year-old suffered a shin injury during the second Test in Dubai but is included ...

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Football: Real held by Lloris masterclass in Madrid

MADRID  – A pair of stunning second-half saves from Hugo Lloris salvaged a precious point for Tottenham Hotspur as they held European champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Both sides remain unbeaten in this season s Champions League and well placed to progress to the last 16. ...

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Football: Rampant Reds hit seven to silence Klopp critics

MARIBOR – Liverpool eased the pressure on Jurgen Klopp as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah inspired a 7-0 thrashing of Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday. After drawing their first two European fixtures and spluttering in the Premier League, Liverpool arrived in Slovenia with critics questioning Klopp s signings and ...

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Football: Jesus earns Man City narrow win over Napoli

MANCHESTER  – Manchester City conceded two penalties — one that was squandered, one that was scored — as they edged Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday to tighten their grip on Champions League Group F. In a much-hyped clash of the highest-scoring teams in Europe s five major leagues, City swiftly went 2-0 ...

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Babar, Shadab steer Pakistan to win in second ODI

ABU DHABI  – Babar Azam scored a second successive hundred while Shadab Khan gave his career best bowling and batting to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Monday. One-drop batsman Babar knocked a fighting 133-ball 103 while Shadab scored ...

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