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Messi returns to training with Barcelona

BARCELONA (AFP) – Lionel Messi returned to training with Barcelona on Thursday to offer the Catalans a boost with less than a week to go before their Champions League clash against Roma. Messi missed Argentina s two internationals over the last week due to a hamstring strain, although he did ...

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Joshua and Parker move closer to heavyweight title unity

LONDON (AFP) – It is one of the most evocative titles in sport: the world heavyweight boxing champion. Yet it is a title that has too often been fractured as a result of the rise of numerous different governing bodies in the years since the outstanding Muhammad Ali was stripped ...

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Isner routs Chung to reach Miami semi-finals

MIAMI (AFP) – John Isner s magical ATP Miami Open run continued Wednesday when the big serving American overpowered South Korean Chung Hyeon 6-1 6-4 to book his place in the semi-finals. Isner, the 14th seed, arrived in South Florida having won just two matches all year, but his fourth ...

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Unheralded Collins stuns Venus in Miami quarter-finals

MIAMI (AFP) – Danielle Collins produced the performance of a lifetime and pulled off an almighty shock at the WTA Miami Open on Wednesday, sending Venus Williams crashing out 6-2, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals. It was an amazing effort from a 24 year-old qualifier in just her second season ...

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Isco nets hat-trick as Spain hit Argentina for six

MADRID (AFP) – Spain blew Argentina away on Tuesday but coach Julen Lopetegui insists they can take nothing for granted at this summer s World Cup. A 6-1 demolition, which included an Isco hat-trick at the Wanda Metropolitano, underlined Spain s credentials as one of the tournament favourites in Russia, ...

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Jesus winner edges Brazil past old adversaries Germany

BERLIN (AFP) – Gabriel Jesus struck the winner as Brazil put memories of their 2014 World Cup mauling by Germany behind them with a 1-0 friendly win in Berlin on Tuesday. Jesus first-half goal at Berlin s Olympic Stadium, packed with a 72,717-strong crowd, saw Brazil end Germany s unbeaten ...

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Del Potro, Raonic advance, Cilic ousted by Isner at Miami

MIAMI (AFP) – Juan Martin del Potro sent his devoted fans home happy Tuesday by powering into the ATP Miami Open quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Serbian Filip Krajinovic. Roared on by a partisan crowd, the 29-year-old Argentinian recovered from 1-4 down in the first set to reel ...

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Stephens cracks world top 10 with Miami semi-final run

MIAMI (AFP) – American Sloane Stephens had cause for a double celebration Tuesday after beating Germany s Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2 to reach the WTA Miami Open semi-finals. The US 13th seed s comprehensive triumph in tricky wind conditions over the former world number one ensured Stephens reached the last ...

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Venus Williams rallies to reach Miami Open quarters

MIAMI (AFP) – Seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams exacted revenge on reigning Miami Open champion Johanna Konta on Monday with a superlative display to book her place in the quarter-finals. In a repeat of last year s semi-final — which was won by the British number one Konta — ...

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