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Football: Morata strikes as Chelsea derail United title bid


Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata condemned Jose Mourinho to another damaging defeat against his former club as the champions clinched a crucial 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday. Morata rewarded an enterprising display from Antonio Conte s side when the Spain striker headed home early in the second half at …

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Football: Real roll over Las Palmas to calm crisis talk


Real Madrid quietened crisis talk after back-to-back defeats as Marco Asensio added to his collection of wonder strikes in a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Victory cuts third-placed Real s deficit on Barcelona at the top of La Liga back to eight points. However, …

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Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters


World number one Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters on Friday before his quarter-final with a knee injury. The Spaniard, who had his right knee strapped during his third-round win on Thursday, said he wanted to try and be ready to face Filip Krajinovic in the last eight …

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First Tokyo venue to be completed in March


– Tokyo will complete its first venue for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games next March, organisers said on Friday, with the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza to host badminton, fencing and modern pentathlon events. “It will be next to the Tokyo stadium where football, modern pentathlon and rugby” will be played, …

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Football: ‘Monstrous’ Messi to enter Barca’s 600 club


Lionel Messi will celebrate his 600th start for Barcelona on Saturday in what his manager Ernesto Valverde hails as “a monstrous” achievement. The five-time Ballon d Or winner becomes only the third player to reach the milestone for the Catalan club after ex-playmaker Xavi Hernandez (767 appearances) and the current …

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Meet Maryam Naseem: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s powerlifting champ


Receiving the silver medal at an international powerlifting tournament in Melbourne, Peshawar’s Maryam Naseem is a living example of the fact that, if provided the opportunity, women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are no less when it comes to proving their mettle. Talking to Dunya News, Naseem said that while powerlifting is …

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Tennis: Nadal battles past Cuevas to reach Paris quarters


World number one Rafael Nadal overcame a second-set blip to reach the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 victory over Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas. The Spaniard, 31, had sealed the year-end number one spot for a fourth time on Wednesday, but he was made to work …

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