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Osaka survives scare to reach last-16

kriralok desk: Former champion Naomi Osaka survived a third-round scare before grinding out a 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2 victory over fearless Ukrainian teenager Marta Kostyuk to reach the last-16 of the US Open on Friday. The Japanese fourth seed initially looked like she would enjoy a routine day on the court but was forced to dig deep to secure victory after ...

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Coutinho joins Barcelona’s pre-season training

kriralok desk: Philippe Coutinho trained with Barcelona for the first time since returning from his loan stint at Bayern Munich on Friday. Bayern opted against activating a purchase option on Coutinho, who spent the 2019-20 season with the Bavarian giants after struggling to settle at Camp Nou following his reported €160million arrival in January 2018. The Brazil international has consequently returned ...

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Top seed Pliskova crashes out of US Open

kriralok desk: Pliskova, elevated to the head of the field in New York after a slew of high-ranking player withdrawals, never looked comfortable as she slipped to a 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) loss against a confident Garcia. Garcia, the world number 50, will now face American 28th seed Jennifer Brady in the third round on Friday. It was a miserable exit ...

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Murray complete epic comeback

kriralok desk: Andy Murray completed an astonishing comeback as the former world number one moved into the second round of the US Open with a remarkable five-set victory over Yoshihito Nishioka. Playing his first singles grand slam match since the 2019 Australian Open due to hip surgery and the coronavirus pandemic, Murray looked to be down and out when Nishioka ...

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Djokovic rolls into US Open second round

kriralok desk: Novak Djokovic got his campaign to win a fourth US Open, and an 18th Grand Slam title overall, off to a flying start on Tuesday by beating Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the second round. Djokovic broke Dzumhur’s serve for a seventh time to seal the win in the first night match on Arthur Ashe ...

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Belgium dominate to claim clean sweep of Luxembourg T20I Trophy

kriralok desk: In the first men’s T20I series since the Coronavirus pandemic brought international cricket to a halt earlier this year, Belgium completed a clean sweep of their four matches against the Czech Republic and Luxembourg over the weekend to claim the inaugural Luxembourg T20I trophy, and bolster their position on the rankings table while the hosts narrowly pipped the ...

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Djokovic resigns as ATP player council president

kriralok desk: World number one Novak Djokovic has resigned as president of the ATP player council to front a new association aiming to increase the power of the players. But he faces opposition from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who remain members of the council. Britain’s Andy Murray has not yet joined the male-only association and has called for the ...

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Depay inspires Lyon to win over Dijon

kriralok desk: Memphis Depay scored a hat-trick including two penalties as Champions League semi-finalists Lyon began the new French season with a 4-1 victory over Dijon on Friday. Dutch forward Depay bagged his first Ligue 1 goals since December, having missed the coronavirus-shortened second half of last season after rupturing knee ligaments. Lyon, who finished a poor seventh last term, ...

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PSG say thanks to Thiago Silva

kriralok desk: Paris Saint-Germain thanked “one of the greatest players” in their history following the departure of Thiago Silva – though the defender is not expected to be without a club for too long. The Brazil international moved to the French capital – along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic – from Serie A giants Milan in 2012. Silva went on to make ...

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Misbah hopes England would soon tour Pakistan

kriralok desk: Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has called on the England team to soon pay a return visit to his country and assured that there will be no compromise on security of players. Pakistan and England just played out a three-match Test series in the United Kingdom, with the host winning it 2-0. “Looking into the future, we would ...

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