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Nadal and Federer lead Europe in inaugural Laver Cup

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will set aside their long-time rivalry when they play for Europe against the rest of the world in the inaugural Laver Cup tournament which starts on Friday. Team Europe, featuring the world’s top two players, are overwhelming favourites to win the three-day …

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England women's team manager to leave amid discrimination row – BBC

(Reuters) – England women’s soccer team manager Mark Sampson is set to leave his job in the wake of allegations that he made discriminatory remarks to one of his players, the BBC reported on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Sampson, whose side beat Russia 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, …

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Benzema's new Real deal has one billion euro buyout clause – reports

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s France forward Karim Benzema has signed a new contract at the club, which includes a one billion euro (£886.73 million) buyout clause according to local media reports. Spanish and European champions Real announced on Wednesday that Benzema had signed a three-year extension to his current …

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Rossi will try to race in Spain with a broken leg

LONDON (Reuters) – Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi will try to make a race return in Spain this weekend, three weeks after breaking his leg in an off-road training accident, if MotoGP doctors give him the green light. The 38-year-old Italian great was back on track in testing on Monday, 18 days …

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Boks back recalled Louw to gain breakdown advantage

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Bath loose-forward Francois Louw has been recalled to the South Africa squad for their remaining two home Rugby Championship fixtures against Australia and New Zealand, with coach Allister Coetzee banking on his breakdown ability. Louw joins the uncapped duo of wing S’busiso Nkosi and scrumhalf Louis …

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Chelsea investigated by FIFA over young signings

LONDON (Reuters) – World soccer body FIFA are investigating Premier League champions Chelsea for the third time in eight years over a potential breach of young player regulations. “We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing,” FIFA said in an emailed response on Wednesday to questions about media reports regarding …

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England, France could sit out first week of Six Nations – report

(Reuters) – England’s rugby chiefs are considering a proposal that would see England and France sit out the first weekend of games in the Six Nations Championship from 2020, The Times newspaper said on Wednesday. All six teams would compete in the second week while France and England would play …

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Japan's Date has no immediate plans to coach

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Kimiko Date has no immediate plans to turn to tennis coaching but is keen to contribute in some other way to the sport she quit last month, the 46-year-old said. The former world number four retired for good after her first round loss in the Japan …

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Upset-minded Saints want hostile welcome for Red Devils

(Reuters) – Southampton are hoping to cause a few Premier League upsets this season and fans must create a hostile atmosphere when Manchester United visit St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, skipper Steven Davis has said. The midfielder said the south coast club, who beat Crystal Palace last weekend, had the …

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Pakistan batsman Latif handed five-year fixing ban

LAHORE (Reuters) – Batsman Khalid Latif has been handed a five-year ban for his role in a spot-fixing scandal during this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), the country’s cricket board said on Wednesday. “Anti Corruption Tribunal has found Khalid Latif guilty of all charges…” the PCB said on its verified …

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