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Badosa beats Azarenka to capture Indian Wells title

Paula Badosa demonstrated her mental toughness to become the WTA Indian Wells champion in her desert debut on Sunday with a hard-fought, three-set victory over two-time champion Victoria Azarenka. The Spaniard, who had not lost a set since her first match of the tournament, needed three hours and four minutes …

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Norrie beats Basilashvili to claim Indian Wells title

Cameron Norrie's breakthrough season reached a high point in the California desert on Sunday with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili to become the first Briton to win the ATP Indian Wells title. Norrie rallied from a set down to earn his career best 47th win of the …

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IOC has ‘concerns’ over FIFA’s biennial World Cup plan

The International Olympic Committee on Saturday hit out at FIFA's controversial plans to hold the men's football World Cup every two years, expressing concerns on the impact it could have on other sports. The project, which has the backing of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who now works for FIFA, …

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Beijing flame to be lit in a vacuum in Olympia

The Olympic flame will once again be lit in an empty stadium on Monday as it starts its truncated journey to Beijing for the Winter Games in February. Like the ceremony in March 2020 to light the flame for Tokyo, and like those Games, which were put back a year, …

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Inter ‘lose heads’ as AC Milan go top of Serie A

Reigning champions Inter Milan suffered their first Serie A defeat of the season as they lost a bad-tempered game 3-1 to Lazio on Saturday, while AC Milan fought back from two goals down against Verona to go top of the table. Inter were incensed after Felipe Anderson tapped home a …

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Man Utd lose as Liverpool thrash Watford

Manchester United succumbed to a first away league defeat for 30 games by losing 4-2 at Leicester as Liverpool thrashed Watford 5-0 on Saturday. Chelsea remain on top of the Premier League after a hard-fought 1-0 win at Brentford, while Manchester City eased to a 2-0 victory over Burnley. The …

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Shiffrin looks ahead to Beijing Olympics with trepidation

American skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin said on Friday that she was planning for the Beijing Olympics in February with some anxiety as she looked forward to a season that starts next weekend. "You would hope you were going to the Olympics, this is a great event. This is the highlight …

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Nuno not concerned about Kane’s lack of goals

Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo said on Friday he is relaxed over Harry Kane's goal-scoring form and has backed the striker to get back on the scoresheet soon. Kane is yet to score in the Premier League this season after playing six games but has found the net twice …

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Newcastle begin bid for ‘superpower’ status

A new era beckons for Newcastle on Sunday when a packed St James' Park will witness the Magpies' first match since a takeover led by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund took control of the club. Amanda Staveley, one of Newcastle's new directors, says the consortium's ambition is to turn the …

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PSG scrape victory with late Mbappe penalty

Kylian Mbappe converted a soft late VAR penalty award to give a Paris Saint-Germain side missing Lionel Messi and Neymar a 2-1 win over Angers in Ligue 1 on Friday. PSG had to come from behind, with Danilo Pereira heading in the equaliser midway through the second half after Angelo …

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