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NEW YORK (Reuters) – World number three Roger Federer survived a first-round scare from Frances Tiafoe before grinding out a 4-6 6-2 6-1 1-6 6-4 victory over the American teenager in front of a raucous crowd at the U.S. Open on Tuesday. Federer looked more relieved than overjoyed when Tiafoe’s forehand found the net on
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Angelique Kerber became the second women’s defending champion to lose in the U.S. Open first round when she was crushed 6-3 6-1 by 19-year-old Japanese Naomi Osaka on Tuesday. The German sixth seed, who has not won a title since winning at Flushing Meadows last year, never got into the match
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Over 30 percent of athletes who competed at the 2011 world championships admitted to having used banned substances in the past, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency-commissioned study released on Tuesday. The study, conducted by researchers from Germany’s University of Tuebingen and Harvard Medical School in 2011, found that more than 30
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams is absent from this year’s U.S. Open as she prepares to have her first child but if there is to be an American champion at Flushing Meadows again it is still likely to be a Williams. With the American men experiencing their longest U.S. Open title drought in the
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LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A ruthless Floyd Mayweather scored a 10th round technical knockout over mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor on Saturday, the American cementing his legacy as an all-time boxing great with his 50th win in as many fights. Mayweather, who had guaranteed an early finish to the 12 round contest, made good
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(The Sports Xchange) – Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Mo Martin of the United States are tied for the lead after three rounds of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Ottawa, Ontario, but much of the attention in Saturday’s round focused on Canadian Brooke Henderson, who played herself into contention with a course-record 63.
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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel ended speculation about his immediate Formula One future by signing a three-year contract extension with Ferrari on Saturday. The Italian team, the sport’s most successful and glamorous, said the new deal covered the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons but gave no further details in a statement of just 30
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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) – Stoffel Vandoorne’s 35-place grid penalty for his home Belgian Grand Prix will balloon to 65 after McLaren changed the car’s gearbox ahead of Saturday qualifying and Honda replaced the power unit. The increased penalty is embarrassing but meaningless with only 20 cars competing and grid drops not carried over to subsequent
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LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – After months of hype and profanity Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor take their war of words into the ring on Saturday for a boxing mismatch that is poised to become the richest fight in history. From motorcycle daredevil Evil Knievel to off-the-wall comedian Carrot Top, the Las Vegas strip has seen
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(The Sports Xchange) – Pitches buzzed heads, tempers flared, fists flew and thumbs were extended. The New York Yankees-Detroit Tigers game on Thursday turned in a giant fiasco. The Tigers emerged with a tension-packed 10-6 victory that included eight ejections and three benches-clearing incidents at Comerica Park. “You don’t see games like this very often,
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – John Coates, the long-serving President of the Australian Olympic Committee, refused to accept any responsibility for flaws in the culture of the organization outlined in a report released on Wednesday. The Independent Cultural Review revealed that some AOC staff viewed the organization as “dysfunctional” and had witnessed “‘deceitful’, ‘two-faced’, ‘egotistic’ and/or ‘belligerent'”
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(Reuters) – American great John McEnroe expects Roger Federer’s sensational comeback season to continue in New York when the U.S. Open kicks off on Monday. Since returning from a six-month hiatus in January, the 36-year-old Swiss has been in stupendous form as he has won five titles, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon. “At the
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bernard Tomic is set to return to tennis at the U.S. Open, ending an extended absence from the game that has seen the Australian’s world ranking plummet to 146, local media reported. The 24-year-old, once touted a future top 10 player, has not played since Wimbledon where he caused an uproar by
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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona are suing Neymar for 8.5 million euros ($10.00 million) for breach of contract as they want him to return the bonus he was paid when he signed a new five-year deal just nine months before joining Paris St Germain, the Spanish club said on Tuesday. The Catalans are asking for an
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Jeff Horn has given Conor McGregor little chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in Saturday’s super-fight and hopes the American will “annihilate” the mixed martial arts fighter for the sake of boxing. Horn, who became WBO welterweight champion by beating 38-year-old Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane last month, said McGregor would struggle to
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(Reuters) – Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao’s rematch with Australian Jeff Horn has been confirmed for Brisbane later this year, the city’s mayor said on Monday. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk had earlier threatened to pull funding without confirmation from the Pacquiao camp but said he had been reassured at a meeting with promoters on Monday.
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Gary West, the coach who guided Anna Meares to gold at the 2012 London Olympics, has died at the age of 57, Cycling Australia said on Sunday. West stood down as Australia’s head track sprint coach last year after eight years in the role when he was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease
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