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Kvitova eases past Boserup on French Open first day

Kvitova eases past Boserup on French Open first day

Roland Garros opened its gates for the main tournament of the French Open amid tight security on a searing hot Sunday. World number one Angelique Kerber was practicing on a sunkissed Court Philippe Chatrier, which seemed to have been washed out by the early showers, before the start of play...

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Barca seek winning end to Luis Enrique's reign

Barca seek winning end to Luis Enrique's reign

Gerard Pique wants Barcelona to reward outgoing coach Luis Enrique with a ninth trophy of his three-year spell in charge in Saturday's Copa del Rey final against Alaves. Victory would see Barca lift the Cup for the third straight season under Enrique, but unlike in the past two years it...

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Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal. The Argentina international and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were in July 2016...

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Liverpool leave for Australia on Champions League high

Liverpool leave for Australia on Champions League high

Liverpool had little time to celebrate the return of Champions League football to Anfield before the squad departed for Australia Monday to play in a post-season friendly linked to the club's 125th anniversary. Juergen Klopp's side, who finished fourth after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 in...

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Swedish football league cancels game over match fixing fears

Swedish football league cancels game over match fixing fears

A top-flight football game in Sweden has been postponed after a player was offered a large sum of money to help fix the result of the match, Sweden's Football Association said on Thursday. The game between IFK Gothenburg and AIK, two of Sweden's biggest clubs, was set to be played later on...

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Ronaldo could take Madrid to brink of title in Celta Vigo

Ronaldo could take Madrid to brink of title in Celta Vigo

 In-form striker Cristiano Ronaldo will try to take Real Madrid to the brink of the Spanish title Wednesday against Celta Vigo. Madrid would move three points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a victory in Galicia ahead of the season finale Sunday. The match at Balaidos...

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The Dictator's Team

The Dictator's Team

( ESPN )- ON A COOL February afternoon, one of Syria's greatest soccer players sits outside a mall on the Persian Gulf, paralyzed by a decision that he fears could kill him. For five years, Firas al-Khatib has boycotted the Syrian national team to protest dictator Bashar al-Assad, who...

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Nadal crushes Djokovic to reach Madrid final

Nadal crushes Djokovic to reach Madrid final

Rafael Nadal snapped a seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic in commanding fashion as he romped into the final of the Madrid Masters 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday. The Spaniard looks in ominous form with just over two weeks to go till the start of the French Open as he stretched his...

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FIFA Ethics Committee were investigating hundreds of cases

FIFA Ethics Committee were investigating hundreds of cases

Ousted FIFA Ethics investigator Cornel Borbely said Wednesday his committee were looking into "several hundred" cases of possible wrongdoing, some involving senior officials. FIFA's ruling council decided Tuesday not to renew the mandate of Borbely and chief ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert,...

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Lionel Messi appeals 4-match World Cup ban at FIFA

Lionel Messi appeals 4-match World Cup ban at FIFA

Lionel Messi's appeal against a four-match ban in World Cup qualifying for insulting a referee's assistant was being heard by FIFA Thursday. Messi, who was to testify by video, is not expected to get an immediate verdict. The FIFA appeals panel typically gives a detailed verdict within...

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Atletico's injuries could give Real Madrid an edge in semis

Atletico's injuries could give Real Madrid an edge in semis

Atletico Madrid might not be able to rely on its mighty defense when it makes another run for the Champions League title. Atletico's back line has been depleted because of a series of injuries and coach Diego Simeone will have to improvise when his team takes on Real Madrid's powerful attack...

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FIFA official Sheikh Ahmad resigning amid bribery claims

FIFA official Sheikh Ahmad resigning amid bribery claims

FIFA Council member Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait is resigning from his soccer roles under pressure from allegations in an American federal court that he bribed Asian officials. Sheikh Ahmad said Sunday in a statement he will withdraw from a May 8 election in Bahrain for the FIFA...

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FIFA, Olympic official Sheik Ahmad denies bribery allegation

FIFA, Olympic official Sheik Ahmad denies bribery allegation

Asian Olympic leader Sheik Ahmad of Kuwait denies claims in a U.S. federal court that he bribed FIFA voters. Sheik Ahmad, a member of FIFA's ruling council, is "very surprised by such allegations and strongly denies any wrongdoing." The statement was published by the Olympic Council of...

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Zidane warns against Le Pen in France election run-off

Zidane warns against Le Pen in France election run-off

French soccer legend Zinedine Zidane Friday warned against voting for Marine Le Pen's National Front in the run-off in France's presidential election on May 7, repeating his 2002 stand against the far-right party. "It is the same as in 2002, that I am far away from those ideas, from the...

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Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal

Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal

 Jose Mourinho identified Liverpool and Arsenal as Manchester United's chief rivals for Champions League qualification following his side's 0-0 draw at fellow top-four contenders Manchester City. Thursday's stalemate at the Etihad Stadium left United just a point below local foes City,...

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FIFA fine Brazil, Argentina, Mexico for homophobic chanting

FIFA fine Brazil, Argentina, Mexico for homophobic chanting

Brazil was hit hardest on Thursday by FIFA for homophobic chanting by its supporters during World Cup qualifying, with Argentina and Mexico also fined. Nine football associations were punished in all by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee "for incidents involving, among others, unsporting and...

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Messi shows who’s in charge at clasico

Messi shows who’s in charge at clasico

Lionel Messi took off his shirt and lifted it high in front of him, boldly displaying his name and number to the stunned crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. He stood there for a few seconds, staring at the fans, as if making sure they knew who was really in charge. Messi had just...

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Hazard fires Chelsea into Cup final as Conte gamble pays off

Hazard fires Chelsea into Cup final as Conte gamble pays off

Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup final with a thrilling 4-2 victory over London rivals Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday. Willian put Chelsea ahead early in the semi-final before Harry Kane's equaliser and the Brazilian netted again with a penalty, only to see Dele Alli draw Tottenham...

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