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Durham hope North stars as cricket chief

Durham hope North stars as cricket chief

Former Australia batsman Marcus North is to return to English county Durham for a second time, with the club appointing him as their director of cricket. The 39-year-old -- who played in 21 Tests, scoring five centuries -- represented Durham in 2004, recording a highest score of 219....

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North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

North and South Korea will bid jointly for the 2032 Olympics, they announced Wednesday, in an ambitious plan built on hopes of deepening a diplomatic thaw catalysed by this year's Winter Games in the South. The idea, which would require an unprecedented level of cooperation and mutual trust...

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Persepolis break Duhail hearts with stirring fightback

Persepolis break Duhail hearts with stirring fightback

Iranian giants Persepolis broke Al Duhails sequence of nine straight victories to storm into the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League with a stirring come-from-behind 3-2 aggregate win on Monday. Persepolis staged a remarkable second half recovery in Tehran. Trailing 1-0...

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Classy France into Davis Cup final, USA fight back in Croatia

Classy France into Davis Cup final, USA fight back in Croatia

France captain Yannick Noah said he "deserved a beer" to celebrate his defending Davis Cup champions' seamless progress past Spain and into their second successive final on Saturday. Who France will face in November will be determined on Sunday, with the United States winning their...

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Liverpool punish sloppy Spurs for fifth straight win

Liverpool punish sloppy Spurs for fifth straight win

Liverpool extended their perfect start to the season as goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino ensured the Premier League leaders punished woeful Tottenham with a 2-1 win on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp's side avenged last season's 4-1 thrashing at Tottenham with a large helping hand...

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Three men released over Argentine football child sex abuse

Three men released over Argentine football child sex abuse

Three men held for five months over a shocking underage sex abuse scandal in Argentine football have been released, one of the defendants said on Friday. Referee Martin Bustos, football agent Alberto Ponte, and public relations agent Leonardo Cohen Arazi, all accused of grooming, were...

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Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia

Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia

Australia is by most measures one of the world's most successful multicultural societies, but a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams has rekindled accusations it is also inveterately racist. Australia should be a poster-child for diversity: One-in-two Australians has a parent born...

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Tortorella inks two-year extension to coach NHL Blue Jackets

Tortorella inks two-year extension to coach NHL Blue Jackets

John Tortorella, who coached the Columbus Blue Jackets to first-round playoff losses to the eventual NHL champions the past two seasons, signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday, the club announced. The deal, which keeps the 60-year-old American behind the Columbus bench through...

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Kane, Salah in spotlight as struggling stars clash

Kane, Salah in spotlight as struggling stars clash

Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have the perfect stage to end their unexpected slumps when the superstar strikers go head to head at Wembley on Saturday. Just four months ago, Tottenham striker Kane and Liverpool forward Salah were being hailed as Europe's most feared marksmen after the...

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Russian World Cup hero Cheryshev in doping probe

Russian World Cup hero Cheryshev in doping probe

Spain's anti-doping agency said Wednesday it has opened an investigation into Valencia's Russian striker Denis Cheryshev, one of the revelations of the 2018 World Cup. The announcement comes after a Russian publication quoted the player's father, Dmitri, as saying in June 2017 that Cheryshev...

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Andre Silva lifts Portugal past Italy in Nations League

Andre Silva lifts Portugal past Italy in Nations League

Andre Silva scored the only goal as European champions Portugal -- without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo -- got their Nations League campaign off the mark with a 1-0 win over Italy in Lisbon on Monday. Ronaldo, 33, had been left out of the squad at his own request to focus on his new...

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Four Grand Slams, four events in 'sexism' rows

Four Grand Slams, four events in 'sexism' rows

Serena Williams's claims of sexism during her spectacular US Open final meltdown follows similar controversies at the season's three other Grand Slams. AFP Sport revisits the flashpoints: Australian Open -- Melbourne Park is famous for its late finishes. In 2008, Lleyton Hewitt and...

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Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena 'umpire thief' meltdown

Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena 'umpire thief' meltdown

  Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday as her idol Serena Williams angrily imploded, calling the chair umpire in the US Open final "a thief". Osaka, 20, triumphed 6-2, 6-4 in the match marred by Williams's second set outburst, the...

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England's Shaw stretchered off with head knock

England's Shaw stretchered off with head knock

Luke Shaw's first England start for three years was ended early on Saturday by a head injury after a collision with Spain's Dani Carvajal that saw the Manchester United left-back stretchered off in the second half. Shaw, 23, revealed this week that he could have lost his right leg after...

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'Overwatch' eSports expands to new cities, including Paris

'Overwatch' eSports expands to new cities, including Paris

Activision Blizzard on Friday added six new teams to is "Overwatch" League, including one in Paris, as the city-based approach to eSports headed into its second season. The league is already profitable, filling a stadium during championships in July that saw matches broadcast on Disney...

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Hooper urges action after neck injury sidelines Pocock

Hooper urges action after neck injury sidelines Pocock

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper Friday urged rugby chiefs to start taking neck roll tackles more seriously after star flanker David Pocock was ruled out of their weekend clash against the Springboks with a "significant injury". All Blacks players were accused of targeting the influential...

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Wales tear Ireland apart in Nations League opener

Wales tear Ireland apart in Nations League opener

Gareth Bale grabbed centre-stage as vibrant Wales tore Ireland apart in the first competitive game of the Ryan Giggs era on Thursday, launching their UEFA Nations League campaign in style with a 4-1 win. The home side ensured the game was over as a meaningful contest by half-time,...

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Angels manager praises 'tough' Ohtani

Angels manager praises 'tough' Ohtani

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia hailed the resilience of Shohei Ohtani after the Japanese star blasted two home runs following news that he faces a lengthy injury layoff. Two-way threat Ohtani smashed two homers as the Angels routed the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Wednesday. The...

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