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Champion Andreescu not fit to return at Indian Wells

kriralok desk: Bianca Andreescu will not return from her troublesome knee injury in time to defend her Indian Wells title next week. The Canadian claimed the first championship of her WTA Tour career in California last year, kickstarting an outstanding 2019 season. Andreescu claimed the Rogers Cup and then triumphed at the US Open, before a knee problem at the ...

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Singapore and Hong Kong through to Asia Cup Qualifier

kriralok desk: Singapore and Hong Kong won through the Asia Cup Eastern Regional Qualifier in Bangkok to claim the remaining two berths at the four-team Qualifier final, to be held in Malaysia in August, where they will join the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, the finalists at last week’s Western Qualifier. Singapore went unbeaten through the tournament, a washout against ...

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Liverpool dumped out of FA Cup by Chelsea

kriralok desk: Chelsea inflicted a third defeat in four games on Liverpool to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals as goals from Willian and Ross Barkley gave Frank Lampard’s men a much-needed lift at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Liverpool remain well on course for a first league title in 30 years with a 22-point lead at the top of the Premier ...

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Arsenal through to FA Cup quarters

kriralok desk: Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Eddie Nketiah were on target as Arsenal battled for a 2-0 win at League One Portsmouth that booked its place in the FA Cup quarterfinals. The Gunners survived some nervy moments to take an undeserved lead into the break at a noisy Fratton Park thanks to Sokratis’ well-taken goal in first-half injury time. Nketiah then ...

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Sri Lanka complete clean-sweep

kriralok desk: In what turned out to be a humdinger, with the fortunes of both sides swinging back and forth, Sri Lanka held their nerve to clinch the final ODI of the series against the West Indies in Pallekele to clean-sweep the rubber 3-0. The visitors finished with 301 for 9 in pursuit of 308. When the West Indies captain, ...

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Nadal wins 85th ATP Tour title

kriralok desk: Rafael Nadal secured his 85th ATP Tour title with a resounding win over Taylor Fritz in the Mexican Open final on Saturday. The Spanish great proved too good for Fritz 6-3, 6-2 in just 74 minutes in the decider in Acapulco. Nadal won the ATP 500 title for the third time and first since the event changed from ...

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Nadal through to fourth Mexican Open final

kriralok desk: Rafael Nadal is one win away from this third Mexican Open crown after beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to advance to the Acapulco final. Top seed Nadal was too good for Dimitrov en route to his fourth Mexican Open decider, triumphing 6-3, 6-2 in convincing fashion at the ATP 500 tournament on Friday. Nadal won the event ...

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Djokovic breezes past Khachanov to reach Dubai semi-final

kriralok desk: Novak Djokovic made light work of Karen Khachanov as he cruised into the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championship with a 6-2 6-2 victory on Thursday. World number one Djokovic only needed a cumulative two hours to see off Malek Jaziri and Philipp Kohlschreiber in his opening matches in the United Arab Emirates and seventh seed Khachanov was ...

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Manchester City beat Real Madrid

kriralok desk: Kevin De Bruyne orchestrated a dramatic Manchester City comeback on Wednesday as they stunned Real Madrid 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu to put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals. Madrid looked on course to edge a cagey contest after Isco’s smart finish early in the second half, but De Bruyne teed up Gabriel Jesus in the 78th ...

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Three months to decide Tokyo Olympics fate

kriralok desk: Dick Pound, the longest-serving member of the IOC, estimates there’s a three-month window to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, which are being threatened by the fast-spreading virus from China. Pound, in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, did not sound alarmist. But he did speak frankly about the risks facing the Olympics, which open on ...

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