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ATP Tour: Rafael Nadal to face John Isner in China Open

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The world No. 1 was in fabulous form as he held off a challenge from Karen Khachanov on Thursday to keep his hopes of a first tour title in Beijing since 2005 alive with a 6-3 6-3 win. Also, third-seeded Sorana Cirstea defeated fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 7-5, and Caroline Garcia beat Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-1. She is next to play Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, the French Open champion, after China's top player, Peng Shuai, retired with a knee injury at 3-0 down in the first set. Read More »

Syria score late equalizer against Australia to keep Russian Federation 2018 dream alive

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Syria, playing their "home" games in Malaysia because of the civil war raging in their country, are pursuing their dream of playing their first World Cup, while Asian champions Australia are trying to reach their fourth in a row. Australia had little in clear-cut chances to show for their dominance of possession with only Mark Milligan forcing anything like a serious save from Ibrahim Alma with his long range attempt inside the opening 20 minutes. Read More »

Tamim-less Bangladesh face 'fiery-track' challenge in Blomfontein

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South Africa had scored 493-3 and 247-6, both declared, in their two innings, while Bangladesh responded with 320 in their first innings. Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal in action. "It's been proved over and over again that day five is needed, but I guess four-day Tests might lead to more creative, aggressive captaincy". If you go and play around the world, Test cricket is followed quite well. Read More »

President of Brazilian Olympic Committee arrested

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The 75-year-old stands accused of trying to help buy the vote of Lamine Diack, the disgraced former chief of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and an ex-IOC member, with a $US2 million ($A2.56 million) payment via Brazilian companies. Read More »

Tabbed for Game 2 start

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The 2017 Major League Baseball Postseason begins Thursday for the Cleveland Indians , and local businesses, residents, and fans are ready for baseball baseball and everything else the playoffs bring to the city. Why they won't win: the pitching is brutal. Didi Gregorius followed Brett Gardner's six-pitch walk and Aaron Judge's flare single to center with a one-out, three-run homer. Read More »

Cubs playoff times for Games 1 and 2 released

For some Chicago toddlers, with names like Addison, Clark and Wrigley, this is all they have ever known - an nearly unfathomable notion for generations of Cubs fans. "As a club, we feel like all those memories are very fresh, knowing how the postseason feels", he said. Otherwise, there was the infamous shutdown in 2012 and an arm injury previous year. Read More »

Yankees vs Indians: The Big Bullpen Hypothesis

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By this time next week, it will be down to the final two in the both leagues and once again the odds to win the 2017 World Series will shift. However, Kluber will not start Game 1 for the Indians . Kipnis came up as an outfielder before becoming a two-time All-Star second baseman. Abe Almonte was left off the roster, with injuries taking Brandon Guyer and Bradley Zimmer out of the picture. Read More »

Bale ruled out of Wales' final World Cup qualifiers

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Abuja, Oct. 3, 2017 (Reuters/NAN) Wales forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of their crucial last two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland due to a calf injury. Wales are now in second place in Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and one point above the Republic. "You also have to adapt your game; you can't play in your late 20s like you did when you were 19, but that experience means your brain is quicker and you can be more economical yet more ... Read More »

England seek world cup qualification

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England go into Thursday's match knowing that a win will secure their passage to Russian Federation for the finals next year, but Southgate admitted last week that he has had to call up players who do not necessarily deserve inclusion. "We will see what happens, but for now that is all I am focusing on". Much of that is to do with Slovenia's terrible away form. Scotland have gathered a little bit of belief with the last two wins. Read More »

Penn State football wins half of Big Ten's weekly awards

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Barkley joined Christian McCaffrey of Stanford and Joe Mixon of Oklahoma as only the third player in the last five years to have a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown, special teams touchdown, and a passing touchdown in the same season. Barkley also earned a spot on the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll for the third time this season and second-straight week. The Hornung Award is presented to the nation's most versatile player. Read More »

The Blitz: Penn State RB frontrunner for 2017 Heisman

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Barkley dazzled from the get-go a few days ago, returning the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. After breaking the Penn State career receptions record on Saturday, Hamilton has been named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week. Read More »

The Blitz: Penn State RB frontrunner for 2017 Heisman

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Barkley dazzled from the get-go a few days ago, returning the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. After breaking the Penn State career receptions record on Saturday, Hamilton has been named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week. Read More »

Tottenham striker Harry Kane to captain England against Slovenia

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The former Middlesbrough and England Under-21 boss continued: "The skills and qualities and experiences needed for a captain aren't just the things you talk about". The goalkeeper has been boosted by the support he has received from England manager Gareth Southgate , who has publicly backed the West Ham star and kept Hart as his number one stopper. Read More »

Cavs coach Lue says friends shot in at Las Vegas tragedy

But when the first unit was on the floor - the shooting guard spot is still up for grabs between Wade and Smith when James is in the lineup - it looked pretty darn good, as Cleveland never trailed in the first half and led by as many as 14 in the opening quarter. Read More »

Tottenham star Harry Kane discusses playing overseas amid Real Madrid links

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Kane, who netted 13 goals in September, had emerged as a reported £177m target for Real Madrid on Wednesday morning but Spurs have acted quickly to scotch the rumour. The prolific hitman will now aim to take his sensational club form into the worldwide break with England , who are set for World Cup qualifying clashes with Slovenia and Lithuania tonight and on Sunday respectively. Read More »

Cavaliers moving Love to center, Thompson to reserve role

Wade said he was playing with the second unit when James suffered his injury. As for James, he took part in the team's shootaround earlier in the day and worked out before the game, with Lue saying the four-time league MVP was feeling much better. Read More »

Centre of attention - Cavs makes Kevin Love change

Wade said he was playing with the second unit when James suffered his injury. The 40-year-old coach declined to comment on the issue of gun control, saying (via the AP), "I'm not really a political guy who says what you should do". Golden State received 93 percent of the vote for National Basketball Association champion, with the Warriors (97 percent) and Cavs (86) projected to win conference titles and meet in The Finals for a fourth straight season. Read More »

England lucky to have Kane, says Hart

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Hart felt Kane's secret was his simplicity in front of goal.The striker has made steady progress over the past two seasons for his club, scoring 25 and 29 goals to pick up the golden boot twice in succession. Paper Round's view: We'll assume this "battle" follows a period of quiet self-reflection by Barkley, who's concluded perhaps a salary of £150k per week (his rumoured self-valuation back in the summer months) was a little steep, after all. Read More »

England star Harry Kane: 'Being captain will not change how I play'

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Kane seemed at ease on Wednesday as he sat alongside Southgate at Tottenham Hotspur's training ground as England finalised preparations for Slovenia . Real Madrid were originally willing to offer €125 million for Kane's services, but as Eduarda Inda noted in Spanish TV program, El Chiringuito , "Real Madrid are asking for Harry Kane for next season, but you know the price and they are 200 million euros", Tottenham's valuation of their striker was much higher. Read More »

NFL players kneel during the national anthem

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I have many family members and friends that have fought in the military. As a result of lack of intervention by the owners , Kalafer said, the protests have spiraled out of control. "Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger". "I don't know that the school should have someone there that's expressing their opinion that way". Read More »

Jupp Heynckes 'To Return To Bayern Munich As Manager'

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The German champions have identified their man. . Heynckes will hope to get the Bayern players in order after reports suggested they were holding secret training sessions behind Ancelotti's back. It was a meeting between friends, but of course we have also spoken about professional matters. "At Bayern I was seen as a good player but was one of many strong players who Bayern had and in Madrid you get even more attention". Read More »

Lynx vs. Sparks: Analyzing each matchup of starters for Game 5

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Lynx live streaming online. Candace Parker led the Los Angeles Sparks past the Minnesota Lynx to win last year's WNBA championship. So for the playoffs, the Lynx called The Barn home, and spent $1 million installing a temporary air conditioning system in the 90-year-old building. Read More »

UFC 216 Embedded, Episode 1: Testing Out The Fast Lane

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UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and interim lightweight title contender Kevin Lee were in Los Angeles on Monday for a media luncheon to promote their respective fights, which take place on Saturday at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. Dan puts his analytical skills to use as he breaks down the skillsets of both the fighters. Lee goes through a fight-night simulation. Lee also has power in his hands, although I feel as if Ferguson has the overall advantage in the striking department. Read More »