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Football: Ajer plans to seize leading role with Celtic

GLASGOW– Kristoffer Ajer is determined to make the most of his chance at Celtic after the Norwegian defender helped the Scottish champions keep successive clean sheets for the first time since November. Ajer, 19, was signed by fellow countryman Ronny Deila from Norwegian side Start in 2016, but found his ...

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Serena to return in Abu Dhabi with Australian Open in mind

ABU DHABI – Former world number one Serena Williams will make a surprise comeback at the Mubadala exhibition event in Abu Dhabi next Saturday, as she gears up for her Australian Open title defence in January. The decision to play in the United Arab Emirates should virtually confirm Williams  participation ...

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Tennis: Nadal pulls out of season opener in Abu Dhabi

MADRID – World number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his planned season opener at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi due to lingering fitness concerns just three weeks ahead of the Australian Open. Nadal, 31, was forced to pull out of the 2017 season-ending ATP Masters last month due ...

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Golf: Woods splits with swing coach Como

LOS ANGELES  – Tiger Woods will press on with his comeback in 2018 without the aid of a swing coach, announcing on Twitter on Friday that he is splitting with Chris Como. Woods says he has no immediate plans to replace Como, who began working with the 14-time major champion ...

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Football: Ronaldo fitness worry ahead of Clasico

MADRID – Cristiano Ronaldo trained alone on Thursday ahead of Real Madrid s clash against Barcelona this weekend, after sustaining a knock to his calf during the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi. The Portugal star received rough treatment as he scored the winner in last Saturday s 1-0 victory over Brazilians ...

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Football: Neymar wants ‘history’ with Real scalp

DOHA  – Neymar believes Paris Saint-Germain can “make history” by eliminating holders and record 12-time winners Real Madrid when the two clubs meet in the last 16 of the Champions League. French league leaders PSG were paired with Cristiano Ronaldo s Real in the tie of the round, and big-spending PSG ...

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Football: Balotelli eyeing Man City return

MILAN  – Italian striker Mario Balotelli has revealed he would return to play for former club Manchester City for free. The 27-year-old has scored 16 goals in 21 games in his second season at Ligue 1 side Nice, but hankers for big trophies again. “My aim is to return to ...

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