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Verstappen unfazed by Hamilton experience advantage

Max Verstappen has rejected the notion that Lewis Hamilton's previous title showdown experience would give him any advantage at this weekend's inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The 24-year-old Dutchman, who holds an eight-point advantage ahead of the final two races of the season, said he did not believe the seven-time …

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PSG wait for Messi to find form

Paris Saint-Germain has been milking the fact that they have this year's Ballon d'Or winner in their ranks, but Lionel Messi was crowned the world's best player for the seventh time in his glittering career entirely because of what he achieved elsewhere. At 34, perhaps Messi was principally rewarded for …

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Chinese people dodge censors

With coded references to "eating melons" and "that person", Chinese social media users are getting creative to discuss tennis star Peng Shuai online as censors race to scrub all mentions of her sexual assault allegations. When Peng last month posted that former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli forced her to have …

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Rangnick aims to improve United’s defense

Ralf Rangnick said Friday he wanted to "balance" Manchester United by strengthening the club's leaky defense. The 63-year-old German's first press conference since being appointed interim manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came after United's see-saw 3-2 win over Arsenal in the …

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Haaland, Lewandowski to clash in Bundesliga showdown

Bundesliga star strikers Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski go head-to-head on Saturday when Borussia Dortmund host Bayern Munich in the top-of-the-table clash. League leaders Bayern head to Signal Iduna Park just one point ahead of second-placed Dortmund. Haaland, 21, who has scored 19 goals for Dortmund and Norway this season, …

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Russia sweep past Sweden to reach Davis Cup semis

World number two and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev led Russia past Sweden and into a second successive Davis Cup semi-final on Thursday. Medvedev defeated world number 94 Mikael Ymer 6-4, 6-4 to secure the crucial winning point. Russia will on Saturday face Germany for a place in Sunday's final …

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Federer must prepare mentally for final match: Berdych

Roger Federer has nothing left to prove as he sets his sights on a comeback next year but the 40-year-old must be mentally prepared for playing his final match, according to one of his former rivals Thomas Berdych. Swiss maestro Federer has not played since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals …

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Spurs bounce back as Son sinks Brentford

Antonio Conte said Tottenham are starting to understand his philosophy after Son Heung-min's first Premier League goal since October sealed a 2-0 win against Brentford on Thursday. Conte's side were last in action seven days ago for an embarrassing 2-1 defeat against Slovenian minnows NS Mura in the Europa Conference …

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Ronaldo’s 800th career goal begins Man Utd revival

Michael Carrick exited Manchester United with a win as Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed 800 goals for club and country with a double to see off Arsenal 3-2 on Thursday. Carrick was taking charge for the final time as caretaker manager with new interim boss Ralf Rangnick watching from the stands and …

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Salah stars as Liverpool thrash Everton

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool showed no mercy on former manager Rafael Benitez to leave the Spaniard clinging to his job as Everton boss after losing the Merseyside derby 4-1. The Reds had won just one of their previous nine visits to Goodison, but were in complete control from …

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