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Bailey to lead Australia PM’s XI against South Africa

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian cricket veteran George Bailey will captain the Prime Minister’s XI in their one-day match against South Africa in Canberra at the end of the month. The 36-year-old, who has previously led Australia in both ODI and T20 matches, said he was excited to be handed the ...

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Re-energised Djokovic targets number one spot

BELGRADE (AFP) – Novak Djokovic is back home in Belgrade preparing for an offensive to regain the world number one spot after roaring back into top form by winning the US Open. “I planned to be here with my family … and everything is set so that I m again ...

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Emphatic Osaka powers into China Open round two

BEIJING (AFP) – US Open champion Naomi Osaka needed just 68 minutes to power into round two of the China Open with a dominant performance over Kazakh qualifier Zarina Diyas on Monday. Also safely through on Beijing s outdoor hard courts is another reigning Grand Slam champion, Australian Open winner ...

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Halep retires hurt from China Open

BEIJING (AFP) – World number one Simona Halep said that she was “worried now” after a persistent back problem forced her out of the China Open after just 31 miserable minutes on Sunday. The Romanian never looked comfortable against Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur, losing the opening set of their first-round ...

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Infantino has ‘support of Africa’ in FIFA re-election bid

SHARM EL SHEIKH (AFP) – African nations would support Gianni Infantino for re-election as FIFA president, the head of the continental football federation Ahmad Ahmad said on Sunday. “I feel it is my duty… to announce this support from Africa,” Ahmad said at a special meeting of the Confederation of ...

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Injured Bale misses Champions League trip to Moscow

MADRID (AFP) – Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid s squad to face CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday. Bale picked up a thigh injury during the goalless draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday and had to come off at half-time. He will miss the ...

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India defeat Bangladesh on last ball to retain Asia Cup

DUBAI (AFP) – India retained the Asia Cup with a three-wicket win off the last ball against a fighting Bangladesh who were anchored by a maiden hundred from opener Liton Das in Dubai on Friday. India made heavy weather of a modest 223-run target as Bangladesh fought for every run ...

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