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Bianca Andreescu has booked her place in the US Open final to face Serena Williams after defeating Belinda Bencic in straight sets.

Bianca Andreescu has booked her place in the US Open final to face Serena Williams after defeating Belinda Bencic in straight sets. Williams stormed her way into the US Open final earlier in the day with a convincing win over Elina Svitolina. For the American, it’s her 10th appearance in the final showdown at Flushing […]

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Serena Williams reaches US Open final and will face Bianca Andreescu

Serena Williams has another shot at winning a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title after demolishing Elina Svitolina to reach the US Open final. The American, 37, overpowered the Ukrainian fifth seed to win 6-3 6-1. Williams, seeded eighth, is aiming for her first Grand Slam win since giving birth in September 2017. The six-time […]

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Neymar, PSG left to pick up pieces as transfer saga ends

Neymar’s decision to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 was motivated by a desire to establish himself as the best player in the world, but a troubled time in the French capital has left the Brazilian at risk of wasting the best years of his career. The closure of the transfer window has finally brought to […]

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Osaka falls to Bencic while Vekic, Mertens win

Top-ranked defending champion Naomi Osaka was ousted from the US Open on Monday by Belinda Bencic while Croatian Donna Vekic erased a match point to join the Swiss 13th seed in a quarterfinal matchup. Bencic’s 7-5, 6-4 triumph, her WTA-best sixth over a top-five foe this year, ensured 21-year-old Japanese star Osaka will fall from […]

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Maritzburg seal ‘headline’ Brockie capture

Maritzburg United have completed the deadline day signing of Mamelodi Sundowns striker Jeremy Brockie on loan for the season as coach Eric Tinkler adds some firepower in the final third after as difficult start to the new campaign. Maritzburg are without a win and have managed just a single goal in their four matches to […]

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We’re going backwards says Lukaku after racist abuse

Belgium and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku made a plea to football federations and social media platforms on Monday to do more to fight racism after he was subjected to racist abuse in Sunday’s 2-1 Serie A victory at Cagliari. The former Manchester United striker appeared to be the target of monkey chants from the […]

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Quintana signs for ambitious French team Arkea-Samsic

Colombia’s two-time Grand Tour winner Nairo Quintana has signed a three-year contract to ride for Arkea-Samsic, the ambitious French team announced on Monday. The 29-year-old, leading the ongoing Vuelta a Espana overall standings, will see out this season with Movistar, the Spanish outfit he joined in 2012, before switching stables. “Nairo is one of the […]

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Norwegian Air asks for bond repayment extensions

OSLO (Reuters) – Budget airline Norwegian Air is asking bondholders to extend the maturity of its debt by up to two years, pledging take-off and landing slots at London Gatwick Airport as security, it said in Monday. The company is Europe’s third-largest budget carrier by passenger numbers after Ryanair and easyJet and has shaken up […]

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Napoli sign Llorente on free transfer

Napoli have signed Fernando Llorente on a free transfer after the Spaniard’s two-year spell at Tottenham came to an end, the Serie A club announced on Monday. The club did not say how long the 34-year-old striker’s contract was for, although Italian media reported he had signed a two-year deal. Llorente made 24 international appearances […]

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Power wins Portland IndyCar as Newgarden inches toward title

Australian Will Power won the IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland Sunday as Penske teammate Josef Newgarden stayed on track for the series crown with a fifth place finish. Newgarden will head to the final race of the season at Laguna Seca this month with a 41-point lead over Alexander Rossi – whose third-place finish behind […]

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Much progress for SuperSport says coach

SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo says he is pleased with the way his side has progressed over the last month since losing their opening game of the season to neighbours Mamelodi Sundowns. That 2-0 defeat at the beginning of last month has been followed by an unbeaten run for SuperSport, and a much improved performance […]

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Wawrinka returns to top form two years after knee surgery

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka is finally feeling great again two years after knee surgery, and that’s about to become a major headache for his US Open rivals. The 34-year-old Swiss advanced to the US Open quarterfinals on Sunday when world No 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic retired with a left shoulder injury […]

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Mosimane’s men get through awkward challenge

An away goal in the MTN semifinal first leg against neighbours SuperSport United was pleasing for Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, who described Sunday’s 1-1 first-leg draw as “difficult”. “It was a difficult game for us against an awkward opponent,” he said after the stalemate at Atteridgeville in what was SuperSport’s home game and which […]

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McIlroy wins PGA Tour Championship to claim Fedex Cup

Rory McIlroy fired a four-under-par 66 to win the PGA Tour Championship and claim the $15 million FedEx Cup jackpot on Sunday. Northern Ireland star McIlroy won the two titles for the second time following his win in 2016 after world No 1 Brooks Koepka suffered a final-round collapse at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Course. […]

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Managing bowlers’ workload top priority for Kohli

Keeping India’s pace battery fully charged will be crucial to the team’s ICC World Test Championship chances, skipper Virat Kohli said following their win over West Indies in the first test on Sunday. Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets for seven runs while fellow fast bowler Ishant Sharma claimed three as India recorded their biggest ever […]

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England hail ‘Special One’ Stokes after Headingley miracle

England hailed a new Ashes hero for the ages on Monday after Ben Stokes dragged his country from the point of defeat to a narrow victory over Australia with an innings that almost defied belief. All the English newspapers carried a picture of the allrounder celebrating his winning runs at a sun-bathed Headingley on their […]

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Spurs defeat not down to Eriksen being benched – Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino defended his decision to leave Christian Eriksen out of his starting line-up for Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United, with the future of the Danish playmaker still up in the air. Eriksen, who has a year left on his contract and is reportedly on Real Madrid’s radar, came on after […]

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Five male pensioners and woman, 85, arrested for ‘having public sex’ in woodland

Five elderly men and an 85-year-old woman have been arrested for allegedly having public sex in a woodland. A married couple in their 80s were among those who were reportedly busted in the throes of passion. The group of six were confronted by police at Grace Richardson Conservation area in Fairfield, Connecticut, in the US, […]

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Junior Agogo dead: Former Nottingham Forest striker passes away, aged 40

Former Championship striker Junior Agogo has passed away, aged 40. The Ghanaian striker suffered a stroke back in 2015 which left him debilitated just two years after retiring from playing. According to a number of reports in Ghana, he passed away in London on Thursday morning. Agent Saif Rubie tweeted: “Just heard the news that […]

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ITALY’S PD OPENS DOOR TO POSSIBLE 5-STAR GOVERNMENT, SETS CONDITIONS

Nicola Zingaretti, the head of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), said he wanted to explore the possibility of sharing power with 5-Star for the final three years of the legislature. If this bid failed, snap elections should be held, he said. Italian President Sergio Mattarella is due to start two days of talks with various […]

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RIBERY ARRIVES IN TUSCANY AHEAD OF FIORENTINA MOVE

French winger Franck Ribery travelled to Italy on Wednesday to complete a medical ahead of a move to Serie A club Fiorentina. The former French international has left Bayern Munich as a free agent after 12 seasons with the German giants during which he won 23 trophies. Ribery’s new deal was rubber-stamped late Tuesday and […]

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BAYERN MUNICH SIGN COUTINHO ON LOAN FROM BARCELONA

(Reuters) – Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have signed Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho on loan for the season, the two clubs confirmed on Monday. Bayern will pay a loan fee of 8.5 million euros and pay his wages. They have the option of making the deal permanent for a fee of 120 million euros. Coutinho, who […]

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LIVERPOOL KEEPER ALISSON OUT FOR ‘NEXT FEW WEEKS’

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been ruled out for “the next few weeks” by boss Jurgen Klopp after suffering a calf injury in the 4-1 win over Norwich. Alisson limped off in the first half of Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Anfield on Friday. Klopp revealed on Monday that he does not expect the 26-year-old […]

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Lukaku in Milan ahead of probable Inter move

Manchester United’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku arrived in Milan early on Thursday to undergo medical tests ahead of his likely transfer to Inter, Italian media reported. “Lukaku is ours” chanted Inter Milan ecstatic fans who turned out at the airport to welcome him on his arrival during the night. The 26-year-old has not played a […]

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Trump presses attack on Democratic ‘squad’ congresswomen, wants apology

President Donald Trump escalated his attacks against four first-year Democratic congresswomen on Monday after earlier telling them to “go back” to the “places from which they came” in a series of weekend tweets that Democrats and other critics called racist. Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress have had little public reaction to Trump’s tweets that appeared […]

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Carling Black Label Cup is sold out as fans clamour to see Soweto rivals

Tickets for the 2019 Carling Black Label Cup have officially sold out a little under two weeks before Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates meet in the pre-season contest. Chiefs confirmed on Monday that the game at the FNB Stadium was a sell-out, with fans set to flock to the July 27 meeting to […]

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Man City set to embark on pre-season tour two days late

Manchester City have finally been cleared to fly to China for their pre-season tour after two days of frustrating delays. The treble winners were due to travel to Shanghai ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday but their departure was twice put back due to an administrative issue involving travel agent Thomas Cook […]

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Lack of love fuels Djokovic desire to be top dog

Maybe when the fans start serenading Novak Djokovic in a Centre Court love-in it will be time for the Serb to call it a day. When he starts receiving the same adoration reserved almost exclusively for Roger Federer in Sunday’s epic Wimbledon final, maybe his resolve will soften, his hunger for the fight diminish, his […]

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Tanzania fire Nigeria legend Amunike after Afcon exit

Tanzania have fired their national team coach Emmanuel Amunike after they failed to win a game at the Africa Cup of Nations and exited at the group stage. Amunike took over last August and helped them qualify for the finals for the first time in 39 years. “Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) and the coach of […]

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MAN CITY SIGN SPAIN INTERNATIONAL RODRI FOR CLUB RECORD FEE

Premier League champions Manchester City on Thursday announced the signing of Spanish international midfielder Rodri on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid for a club record fee. Rodri, 23, officially became a City player a day after the La Liga club revealed the 70-million-euro (£63 million) release clause in his contract had been triggered. “Manchester […]

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LAMPARD NAMED CHELSEA COACH ON THREE-YEAR DEAL

Chelsea have appointed Frank Lampard as head coach on a three-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Thursday. Lampard, a former Chelsea player who won three Premier League titles and the Champions League in a 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge, managed Derby County last season and led them to the Championship (second-tier) playoff final. […]

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ARGENTINA WAITING FOR MESSI MAGIC TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE

For the last dozen years, Argentina has been waiting for global superstar Lionel Messi to lead their football team to a major international trophy. But when the the country needed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner most, Messi failed to emulate the feats of Diego Maradona in 1986 – when for some he almost single-handedly won […]

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England into World Cup semifinals with win over Norway

A stunning strike by Lucy Bronze helped England to a 3-0 quarterfinal win over Norway in Le Havre on Thursday as Phil Neville’s team eased into the last four of the women’s World Cup. David Beckham, a former colleague of Neville’s for Manchester United and England, was among the crowd of more than 21 000 […]

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Premlall sets SA pace in Ireland

South African junior Yurav Premlall fired an opening four-under-par 68 at County Louth Golf Club to lead the seven-strong GolfRSA National Squad crew in the East of Ireland Amateur Open Championship on Saturday. The 16-year-old Glendower golfer fired three birdies on the bounce over the last three holes to finish two shots behind Irish pacesetter […]

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Aston Villa sign defender Hause from Wolves

Aston Villa have completed the signing of defender Kortney Hause from Wolverhampton Wanderers, the promoted Premier League club said on Monday. The 23-year-old, who has represented England at under-20 and under-21 level, had joined Villa on loan in January and made 12 appearances in the second-tier Championship. “Aston Villa have taken up the option to […]

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Scotland see glass half full as search for first points goes on

Scotland coach Shelley Kerr remained upbeat despite seeing the women’s World Cup debutants slump to their second defeat in as many outings at the tournament as they lost 2-1 to Japan on Friday. The circumstances of the defeat in Rennes were almost identical to their loss by the same scoreline against England at the weekend […]

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France defender Ferland Mendy signs with Real Madrid for initial €48m

French defender Ferland Mendy has signed for Real Madrid in a deal worth an initial 48 million euros, the player’s current club Olympique Lyonnais said on Wednesday. Since he joined Lyon in July 2017, Mendy, 24, has played four times for France and played games in Champions League. Real Madrid and its newly re-hired coach […]

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USA World Cup goal celebrations polarises opinion

The United States’ record 13-0 drubbing of Thailand at the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday did not sit well with everybody, with opinion divided on whether the team should have so mercilessly punished a hapless opponent. Striker Alex Morgan scored five times as the holders began their World Cup campaign with the largest margin of […]