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Defending champ Stephens into US Open fourth round

NEW YORK (AFP) – Defending champion Sloane Stephens reached the fourth round of the US Open on Friday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over former world number one Victoria Azarenka. Stephens, unseeded in her fairytale run to a first Grand Slam title here last year, is now at No. 3 ...

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Indian pacers dismiss England for 246

SOUTHAMPTON (Agencies) – Sam Curran marked his England return with a Test-best 78 as the hosts fought back on the first day of the fourth Test against India at Southampton. It was a familiar story when Curran, primarily a left-arm swing bowler and playing just his fourth Test, came into ...

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Williams sister act extended to 30th meeting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It takes something special to grab the spotlight on a Friday night in the Big Apple but few contests attract more attention than Williams versus Williams and the tennis sisters have New York buzzing as they prepare to clash for a 30th time. A fascinating sibling ...

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Luka Modric named UEFA player of year

MONACO (AFP) – Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Croatia on Thursday received the accolade of UEFA Player of the Year in Monaco after his Champions League exploits. “My father always pushed me to fight for my dreams, I owe him a lot for everything,” said Modric, whose silky midfield ...

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Rejigged England face revived India in fourth Test

 SOUTHAMPTON (AFP) – England will hope an altered side can tame a resurgent India in the fourth Test at Southampton starting on Thursday. Joe Root, the England captain, announced two changes on Wednesday to the team that suffered a 203-run defeat in the third Test at Trent Bridge. Off-spinning all-rounder ...

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Serena, Venus to meet for 30th time at US Open

NEW YORK (AFP) – Serena and Venus Williams set up a 30th career meeting on Wednesday as the US Open reeled from a sexism row sparked when a player changed her shirt on court. Six-time champion Serena eased into Friday s third round encounter against her sister with a 6-2, ...

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Newcastle suffer early League Cup exit, Everton roll on

 LONDON (AFP) – Newcastle s miserable start to the season suffered another blow with a dramatic late 3-1 defeat to Championship side Nottingham Forest on Wednesday to crash out of the League Cup at the second round. There was no such strife for Premier League high flyers Everton and Watford, ...

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Problems aplenty for England including revived India

 LONDON (AFP) – England head into Thursday s fourth Test against a resurgent India at Southampton facing several awkward questions. Whether Jonny Bairstow is fit to play at all, never mind keep wicket, after suffering a broken finger during India s dominant 203-run win in the third Test at Trent ...

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