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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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Athletics: Guliyev ruins Van Niekerk’s double dream

LONDON  – Wayde van Niekerk s dreams of emulating legend Michael Johnson s 200m/400m world double lay in tatters on Thursday as Turkey s 9/1 outsider Ramil Guliyev edged the 200m final. Guliyev s win may not have been following the script the organisers wished for after two-time doping cheat Justin Gatlin s win in ...

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Athletics: Farah into final to keep dream farewell alive

LONDON – British track legend Mo Farah sauntered into the 5,000 metres world final on Wednesday looking good to sign off his brilliant track championship career with a fifth successive global title double. The 34-year-old — who has two Olympic and two world championship doubles to his credit — showed ...

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Football: Real Madrid beat Man Utd to win UEFA Super Cup

SKOPJE  – A delightful goal by Isco proved the difference as Real Madrid survived a Manchester United fightback to win 2-1 and lift the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital Skopje on Tuesday. Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer s night ...

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Tennis: Home court no help as Bouchard falls in Toronto

Donna Vekic beat Eugene Bouchard in straight-sets at the WTA hardcourt tournament in Toronto. TORONTO  – Home support proved no help as Eugene Bouchard s struggles continued Tuesday with a straight-sets loss to qualifier Donna Vekic at the WTA hardcourt tournament in Toronto. Croatia s Vekic powered to a 6-3, 6-4 victory, ...

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Tennis: Chung advances as young stars shine in Montreal

MONTREAL- South Korea s Chung Hyeon withstood 16 aces to beat 2014 semi-finalist Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3) on Tuesday in the first round of the ATP Montreal Masters. After the third set went to the tiebreaker without a break of serve, the 21-year-old South Korean — ranked 56th in ...

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Football: Barca move on from Neymar to honour Chapecoense

BARCELONA  – Barcelona eased into life without Neymar by honouring Chapecoense, the Brazilian side still reeling from a devastating plane crash that killed 19 players and 24 club officials last year, in a 5-0 friendly win on Monday. On an emotional night for the visitors, Chapecoense were captained by Alan ...

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