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Axelsen downs Chong Wei to claim Japan Open title

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s wish to win his 100th career final did not materialise when he was dethroned by Viktor Axelsen at the Japan Open. On Sunday, the 34-year-old Lee went down 14-21, 21-19, 14-21 to reigning world champion Axelsen of Denmark in 75 minutes in the men’s …

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Wozniacki powers to Pan Pacific title in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki ended her string of final failures by beating Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0 7-5 in Tokyo on Sunday to win her second straight Pan Pacific Open title. The former world number one, who has now won the event three times, was contesting her seventh final of …

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Napoli see off brave SPAL to extend perfect start

MILAN (Reuters) – Napoli saw off a brave challenge from promoted SPAL when a late Faouzi Ghoulam goal gave them a 3-2 win on Saturday, leaving them with maximum points from six games. It was also a club-record eleventh consecutive Serie A win for Napoli who, for the second time …

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Coutinho shows why he is priceless to Liverpool

(Reuters) – If anyone was still wondering why Liverpool spurned Barcelona’s bids for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, his part in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Leicester City provided the answer. Almost everybody in the stadium, including Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel, knew what was likely to happen next as Coutinho stepped up …

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Nadal and Federer team up to widen Europe's lead in Laver Cup

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took care of business in their singles matches before teaming up in an eagerly anticipated doubles pairing to extend Europe’s lead over players from the rest of the world in the inaugural Laver Cup on Saturday. The new team tennis event, kicking …

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Suarez celebrates century game in style

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi was the star of Barcelona’s blistering start to the season yet with the Argentine suffering a rare off night and big-money signing Ousmane Dembele missing through injury, it was Luis Suarez who claimed the headlines in his 100th Ligaappearance for the club on Saturday. The …

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Barca, Real and Atletico all win in La Liga

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona opened up a four-point gap at the top of La Liga, maintaining their 100 percent start as they cruised to a 3-0 victory at Catalan rivals Girona on Saturday. An own goal either side of the break and a Luis Suarez strike in his 100th league …

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Two own goals help Barca to secure Catalan derby win

MADRID (Reuters) – An own goal either side of the break and a second-half Luis Suarez strike ensured Barcelona maintained their 100percent start to the La Liga season with a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Catalan rivals Girona on Saturday. With political tension rising in the region following a self-declared …

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Casey leads midway through third round at Atlanta

(Reuters) – England’s Paul Casey held a one-stroke lead over Americans Kevin Kisner and Brooks Koepka midway through the third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta on Saturday. Casey, in the chase for the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus, started impressively with three birdies and …

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Championship front-runners all win as Leeds stay top

(Reuters) – Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City all scraped narrow wins to remain joint-top of the Championship with 20 points. Leeds enjoyed some good fortune in their 3-2 win over Ipswich Town, whose keeper Bartosz Bialkowski dropped a Pablo Hernandez corner over his own line for one of …

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