• Wimbledon champion Halep targets strong finish in Asia
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    Wimbledon champion Halep targets strong finish in Asia

    Simona Halep said that winning her first Wimbledon title this year meant "everything", but she was determined to have a better Asian swing than in past years after an emphatic start to her Wuhan campaign on Tuesday. Halep suffered opening-round exits in three of her previous five appearances

  • Messi wins FIFA player of the year as Ronaldo skips ceremony
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    Messi wins FIFA player of the year as Ronaldo skips ceremony

    Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men's Player of the Year award as beaten rival Cristiano Ronaldo stayed away from the star-studded ceremony in Milan's iconic La Scala Opera House on Monday. Barcelona striker Messi's victory was a surprise as he edged out Virgil Van Dijk, who won the UEFA player

  • FIFA chief says racism 'not acceptable' in Italian football
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    FIFA chief says racism 'not acceptable' in Italian football

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Monday made a plea to "kick racism out" of Italian football, during the FIFA Best Football Awards ceremony in Milan. "Tonight is a night to celebrate, but we should reflect a little bit," the Swiss-Italian football chief told a star-studded gathering

  • Turner, AEW in Talks to Launch Companion Studio Series for ‘Dynamite’ Debut – or ‘Shortly Thereafter’ (Exclusive)
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    Turner, AEW in Talks to Launch Companion Studio Series for ‘Dynamite’ Debut – or ‘Shortly Thereafter’ (Exclusive)

    Professional wrestling fans can’t seem to get enough content these days, and Turner and AEW are more than happy to feed the beast.Brett Weitz, the general manager of TNT, TBS and truTV, told TheWrap that his company and All Elite Wrestling are “talking about” doing a studio show together. That would

  • Ronaldo to miss Balotelli's Brescia debut
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    Ronaldo to miss Balotelli's Brescia debut

    Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Mario Balotelli's debut game for Brescia with the Juventus star ruled out of Tuesday's match with a slight adductor injury. "Mario will be there Tuesday," confirmed coach Eugenio Corini of the Italian striker whose debut was delayed by a four-game suspension

  • Man Utd reassure fans that trophies are top priority
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    Man Utd reassure fans that trophies are top priority

    Manchester United have assured disgruntled fans that the club's priority is success on the pitch rather than making money, saying they are committed to "winning trophies at the highest level". Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's struggling team lost 2-0 at West Ham on Sunday to fall 10 points behind

  • Two wins will end our crisis says Barcelona boss
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    Two wins will end our crisis says Barcelona boss

    Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has demanded his side bounce back from the weekend's embarrassing away defeat when they host Villarreal in La Liga on Tuesday. The Spanish champions are in an unlikely eighth position after five Liga games after the shock 2-0 defeat at promoted Granada left the all-star

  • African players in Europe: Chadian Ninga upstages stars
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    African players in Europe: Chadian Ninga upstages stars

    African superstars in the major European leagues were overshadowed at the weekend by Chadian Casimir Ninga, who scored an 11-minute hat-trick for French Ligue 1 club Angers. Ninga, who played in Chad, Gabon and for two other French clubs before joining Angers this year, achieved his remarkable feat

  • Five talking points in European football this weekend
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    Five talking points in European football this weekend

    Barcelona's troubles on the road continued even with the presence of Lionel Messi as they lost at Granada, while Inter triumphed in the Milan derby and Neymar did it again with another late goal for Paris Saint-Germain. Here, AFP Sport takes a look at five main talking points from the weekend in

  • Man City will soon score 10, says Watford's Ben Foster
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    Man City will soon score 10, says Watford's Ben Foster

    Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster says it is only a matter of time before Manchester City smash 10 goals in a match after being on the end of an 8-0 hammering. The Hornets felt the full force of the champions' attacking power on Saturday as they were dismantled at the Etihad Stadium, just four months

  • Former tennis great Li Na says China crying out for male star
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    Former tennis great Li Na says China crying out for male star

    Li Na, who blazed a trail for a generation of women tennis players in China, says the country's men are now in desperate need of an inspirational role model. Li sparked unprecedented interest in tennis across China after becoming Asia's first Grand Slam singles champion at 2011 French Open.

  • Can Solskjaer save Manchester United's season?
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    Can Solskjaer save Manchester United's season?

    Manchester United's demoralising defeat against West Ham was a stark reminder of how far they have fallen as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wrestles with how to turn around his side's fortunes. Mistakes at the back, a desperate lack of midfield creativity and a worrying shortage of firepower up front

  • FIFA chief urges action after racist abuse halts Serie A game
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    FIFA chief urges action after racist abuse halts Serie A game

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Sunday the problem of racism in Italian football has "not improved" after a Serie A match between Atalanta and Fiorentina was halted for several minutes because of racist abuse of Brazilian Dalbert. Fiorentina defender Dalbert, 26, asked the referee to

  • Anisimova sees dawn of new era in women's tennis
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    Anisimova sees dawn of new era in women's tennis

    American youngster Amanda Anisimova believes Bianca Andreescu’s US Open victory is the dawn of a new era in women’s tennis, where the teens are ready to conquer. Canadian 19-year-old Andreescu upset Serena Williams in the final at Flushing Meadows to become the youngest female Grand Slam champion since

  • Monaco coach Jardim in spotlight amid awful start to season
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    Monaco coach Jardim in spotlight amid awful start to season

    Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim insists he is unfazed by the speculation over his future as the 2017 French champions go into a midweek derby against Patrick Vieira's Nice still without a win this season. The principality club battled to a 0-0 draw in Reims at the weekend but have a meagre three points

  • Neymar saves PSG to send French champions three points clear
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    Neymar saves PSG to send French champions three points clear

    Neymar scored a fine late winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lyon 1-0 on Sunday to move three points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table. The Brazilian finally beat Anthony Lopes, who had pulled off numerous impressive saves, with three minutes of normal time to play at the Groupama Stadium. It was

  • Benzema ensures Madrid bounce back with impressive win over Sevilla
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    Benzema ensures Madrid bounce back with impressive win over Sevilla

    Real Madrid eased the pressure on Zinedine Zidane and delivered a resounding response to their loss to Paris Saint-Germain by winning 1-0 away at high-flying Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday. Karim Benzema headed in the decisive goal at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to secure an impressive victory against a

  • Three things we learned from the Premier League weekend
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    Three things we learned from the Premier League weekend

    Liverpool beat Chelsea to preserve their perfect record and Manchester City romped to a record-breaking win but elsewhere it was far from business as usual during a dramatic Premier League weekend. City were imperious against Watford, 5-0 up within the first 18 minutes and just one goal shy of matching

  • FIFA chief appalled as Dalbert racist abuse halts Serie A game
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    FIFA chief appalled as Dalbert racist abuse halts Serie A game

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Sunday the problem of racism in Italian football has "not improved" after a Serie A match between Atalanta and Fiorentina was halted for several minutes because of racist abuse of Brazilian Dalbert. Fiorentina defender Dalbert, 26, asked the referee to

  • Zverev clinches Europe thrilling Laver Cup victory
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    Zverev clinches Europe thrilling Laver Cup victory

    Alexander Zverev sealed a dramatic Laver Cup victory for Europe over Team World in Geneva on Sunday, as the German beat Milos Raonic in the deciding singles match. The holders trailed 11-7 midway through the final day but Zverev, after Roger Federer had edged past John Isner, downed Raonic 6-4, 3-6,

  • Late Frankfurt equaliser angers Dortmund captain Reus
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    Late Frankfurt equaliser angers Dortmund captain Reus

    Marco Reus was left fuming after Borussia Dortmund conceded a late own goal to draw 2-2 at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday and lose ground on Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig. Dortmund twice took the lead but surrendered an equaliser on 88 minutes, failing to deal with two crosses before Japan midfielder

  • Aubameyang caps character win for 10-man Arsenal over Villa
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    Aubameyang caps character win for 10-man Arsenal over Villa

    Unai Emery hailed the character of his ten-man Arsenal to twice come from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and move back into the Premier League top four on Sunday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 84th minute free-kick completed the comeback for a vital three points after three league games without a

  • 'We fight for everything': Klopp salutes Liverpool's perfect start
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    'We fight for everything': Klopp salutes Liverpool's perfect start

    Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool's unquenchable appetite for success was the driving force behind the 2-1 win at Chelsea that extended their perfect start to the Premier League title race on Sunday. Klopp's side made it six successive league wins to open the season as they survived a second-half

  • Liverpool restore five-point lead at Chelsea, Man Utd beaten by West Ham
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    Liverpool restore five-point lead at Chelsea, Man Utd beaten by West Ham

    Liverpool moved back five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Chelsea on another miserable day for Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men lost to West Ham on Sunday. United are already 10 points behind the leaders after just six games, as Liverpool continue to

  • Sub Ninga's quick-fire hat-trick sends Angers second
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    Sub Ninga's quick-fire hat-trick sends Angers second

    Angers moved into second place in Ligue 1 after replacement Casimir Ninga scored an 11-minute hat-trick in a 4-1 thrashing of Saint-Etienne on Sunday. Ninga, who joined the club from second-tier Caen in August, put Angers in the lead with less than a quarter of an hour remaining before adding two more