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England crush Hungary in World Cup qualifying

Rampant England eased past Hungary in Budapest Thursday with a second-half four-goal barrage that propels Gareth Southgate's men toward qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after a tie marred by abusive fan behaviour. After a first half bereft of shots on target, Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock with …

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Argentina cruise against Venezuela as Brazil stay perfect

Argentina maintained their unbeaten start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, cruising to a 3-1 victory at 10-man Venezuela on Thursday night. But Brazil continued their perfect start to qualifying with a seventh win out of seven as Everton Ribeiro scored the only goal in a 1-0 away victory over …

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Ronaldo to wear No 7 shirt at Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo will wear Manchester United's iconic number seven again after Edinson Cavani agreed to surrender the shirt. Ronaldo followed in a long list of United legends to have worn number seven during his first spell with United from 2003 to 2009. The 36-year-old rejoined United from Juventus last week, …

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Italy draw with Bulgaria in low-key return

Italy made an underwhelming return to action after triumph at Euro 2020 on Thursday as the Azzurri only managed a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in a low-key 2022 World Cup qualifier. Some 14,000 fans showed up for the Group C clash at the half-capacity Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence to …

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Reed details ‘dark space’ fighting double pneumonia

Patrick Reed described his frightening fight with bilateral pneumonia on Thursday, saying "battling for my life" was even harder with his family barred from his hospital. "(Doctors) were sitting there telling me that to make sure you text your family quite a bit, talk to your family, because you just …

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Barty ignores momentum for US Open grinder’s mentality

Australia's Ashleigh Barty says she isn't carrying momentum into the US Open from winning Wimbledon or any sense she belongs in the later rounds just because she's world number one. That grinder's mentality just might help her finally get beyond the fourth round at the US Open for the first …

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Mom tells Zverev don’t be potty mouth about toilet breaks

Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, listening to his mother, won't rip Stefanos Tsitsipas anymore over extended bathroom breaks. Instead, he can talk about his dominating form at the US Open. The 24-year-old German fourth seed fired 11 aces in humbling 33rd-ranked Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in only 74 …

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Djokovic energized by Laver link, Federer and Nadal feats

Novak Djokovic says being mentioned in the same breath with Rod Laver and battling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have energized his quest to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam. World number one Djokovic advanced to the third round of the US Open on Thursday, putting him five match wins shy …

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Haider Ali bags first-ever Paralympics gold for Pakistan

Paralympian Haider Ali made the country proud by winning the first-ever gold medal for Pakistan in Paralympics, with a top podium finish in the discus throw event at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics on Friday. Haider threw a 55.26 metres throw in his fifth attempt out of the total six he …

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