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Tennis: Svitolina destroys Wozniacki in WTA Toronto final

TORONTO  – Elina Svitolina crushed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 to win the Toronto WTA trophy on Sunday, capturing her fifth title of 2017 and her second final of the season over the former world number one. Fifth seed Svitolina, of the Ukraine, needed just 77 minutes to beat Wozniacki, blasting ...

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Tennis: Nadal’s pursuit of No. 1 derailed by Canadian teen

MONTREAL  – Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov shocked top seeded Rafael Nadal to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Montreal Masters tournament, temporarily spoiling the Spaniard’s chances of returning to world number one. The 18-year-old Shapovalov continued his giant killing form at the hardcourt tournament by rallying to stun Nadal in ...

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Tennis: Federer punches ticket to Montreal semis

MONTREAL  – Swiss star Roger Federer outclassed Roberto Bautista Agut as he inched closer to his sixth title of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters on Friday. Federer hammered five aces, made just two double faults and won 81 percent of his ...

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Benitez vows to fight on despite transfer vows

LONDON – Rafael Benitez has pledged not to quit as manager of Newcastle United despite his mounting frustration over the club s failure to back him in the transfer market. Since guiding Newcastle into the top flight by winning the second-tier Championship last season, Benitez has been engaged in a transfer ...

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Faryal blames ‘fake screenshots’ behind bitter feud with Amir

 British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan and wife Faryal Makhdoom, who earlier decided to part their ways after discovering a Snapchat conversation between Faryal and boxer Anthony Joshua, have apologized to the fans. On a social networking site, Faryal Makhdoom broke silence and spoke over the issue, saying that everything that’s going ...

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Football: Premier League ready for landmark season

LONDON  – Fuelled by an historically lavish spending spree, the Premier League returns on Friday when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the hotly-anticipated new season. Taking advantage of astronomical broadcast contracts and lucrative sponsorship deals, England s superpowers have been splashing the cash at an unprecedented rate. Since ...

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Tennis: Federer into Montreal quarters as Ferrer downed again

MONTREAL – Roger Federer maintained his career-long winning streak over David Ferrer to advance to the quarter-finals of the ATP Montreal Masters on Thursday after a three-set battle with the veteran Spaniard. Federer, 36, had never lost in 16 previous meetings with the 35-year-old Ferrer, whom he first defeated 14 ...

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Tennis: Pliskova into Toronto quarters; Venus, Kerber ousted

TORONTO  – World number one Karolina Pliskova advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTA Toronto hardcourt tournament while a pair of high seeds Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber crashed out in straight sets Thursday. Pliskova s opponent Naomi Osaka abandoned due to a muscle injury, leaving Pliskova to advance 6-2, 6-7 ...

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