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Serena Williams advances to Rogers Cup semifinals

WT24 Desk Toronto  — Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals Friday night, beating soon-to-be-top-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-4 at breezy at York University, AP reports. Playing her first event since losing the Wimbledon final, Williams faced Osaka for the first time since losing to her last year in the U.S. Open final. “I knew her game ...

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Sri Lanka fans throw birthday party for Williamson in stadium

WT24 Desk Kane Williamson’s stature as one of the most loved cricketers around was evident again when a group of Sri Lankan fans arranged a special treat on the sidelines of a warm-up match to celebrate the New Zealand captain’s birthday, Reuters reports. A small group of fans turned up at the FTZ Sports Complex with a cake for Williamson ...

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Brazilian youngsters could get midseason transfers to Europe

WT24 Desk Sao Paulo — Several young Brazilian players are in the middle of their seasons and could be bargains for European clubs needing last-minute deals, AP reports.. And some of them are already on the radar of Brazil coach Tite for the next World Cup qualifiers, which begin in March. Here are a few names to keep an eye ...

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African soccer VP cleared of head-butting referee

WT24 Desk Cairo\ — The African soccer confederation on Tuesday cleared one of its vice presidents of head-butting a referee because of insufficient evidence, AP reports. The Confederation of African Football’s disciplinary committee said that VP Fouzi Lekjaa, who is also president of the Moroccan soccer association, was found not guilty of assaulting Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa following the ...

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Messi strains calf, will miss Barcelona’s US trip

WT24 Desk Barcelona— Barcelona says Lionel Messi has strained his right calf and will not travel to the United States for two preseason games, AP reports. The Spanish champion says Messi withdrew from Monday’s training session because of “discomfort in his right leg.” The club did not say when it expects him to be fit again. Barcelona’s first official match ...

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Dale Steyn retires from Test cricket

WT24 Desk South African Dale Steyn, one of the great fast bowlers of the modern era, on Monday announced his retirement from Test cricket in a bid to extend his longevity in the shorter forms of the game, AFP reports. Steyn, who made his international debut against England in 2004 and last played a Test in February against Sri Lanka, ...

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Smith scores second ton of comeback Test

WT24 Desk Australia’s Steve Smith scored his second hundred of his comeback Test when he reached three figures against England in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston on Sunday, AFP reports. Smith, 98 not out at lunch on the fourth day, cover-drove fast bowler Stuart Broad for a boundary early in the second session to complete a 147-ball century with his ...

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Messi suspended from Argentina for 3 months for comments

WT24 Desk Asuncion — Soccer body CONMEBOL suspended Lionel Messi from international matches with Argentina for three months because of accusations of corruption he made at the latest Copa América, AP reports. The South American body also said Friday that it fined the superstar in $50,000 for his comments after Argentina’s 2-1 win against Chile in the third-place playoff of ...

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Burns and Root hold firm for England in Ashes opener

WT24 Desk Rory Burns and England captain Joe Root kept Australia at bay on the second day of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Friday, AFP reports. England were 144-1 after 47 overs in their first innings — a deficit of 140 runs. Burns was 75 not out and Root unbeaten on 49. England still had plenty of work ...

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Shakib Al Hasan asks teammate Tamim Iqbal to take a break from cricket

Tamim struggled with form throughout the series, making just 21 runs in three matches with scores of 0, 19 and 2 in the series against Sri Lanka WT24 Desk Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Thursday asked out-of-form teammate Tamim Iqbal to take some time away from international cricket, saying he will emerge stronger after some rest, AFP, reports.. Bangladesh ...

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