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Football: Clash of the titans as Superclasico goes Down Under

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MELBOURNE (AFP) – Argentina’s Superclasico showdown with arch-rivals Brazil is set to pump tens of millions of dollars into the Australian economy when they play in front of 100,000 fans on Friday. Although Neymar is missing from Brazil’s line-up, his Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi will light up the occasion at …

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Athletics: Jamaican speedster Bolt says retirement will be a joy


KINGSTON (AFP) – Usain Bolt has no regrets as he prepares to hang up his spikes in August and says he is looking forward to watching the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a spectator. “For me it will just be a joy,” the world s fastest man told AFP on Thursday. “It …

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Tennis: Halep, Ostapenko to clash for French Open title


PARIS (AFP) – Simona Halep set up a French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday, taking her to within touching distance of a first Grand Slam title and the world number one spot. Romanian third seed Halep, the runner-up to Maria Sharapova in 2014, claimed a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 …

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Amir Khan’s Super Boxing League to commence from next month


(Web Desk) – The inaugural edition of the Super Boxing League (SBL) is all set to commence from the 7th of July. The heavily-anticipated boxing league will stretch out to thirty-five days having its final bout on the 12th of August. The event will be held in New Delhi, India …

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Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes


NEW YORK (AFP) – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine’s list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players. The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million between …

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Tennis: Nadal into 10th French Open semi-final


PARIS (AFP) – Rafael Nadal qualified for the French Open semi-finals for the 10th time on Wednesday after compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta retired with injury while trailing 6-2, 2-0. Nadal will face Dominic Thiem for a place in the final, who demolished defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6, (7/5), 6-3, 6-0 …

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Football: Two-goal Ronaldo keeps Madrid kings of Europe


CARDIFF (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era. The Portugal superstar’s opener was cancelled out by an astonishing Mario Mandzukic strike, but goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo …

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Golf: Dufner rekindles magic to win weather-hit Memorial


WASHINGTON (AFP) – Jason Dufner continued his assault on the weather-hit Memorial Tournament on Sunday, rebounding from a dreadful 77 to close with a four-under 68 and win the PGA Tour event by three strokes. Dufner clinched the win by saving par on No. 18 with an incredible 30-foot putt …

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Football: Returning Real Madrid received as living ‘legends’


MADRID (AFP) – Thousands of delirious Real Madrid fans poured onto the streets of the Spanish capital to catch a glimpse of Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates on Sunday as they paraded the Champions League trophy for a record 12th time. Ronaldo sported a newly cropped haircut and he and …

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Tennis: Nadal, Djokovic into quarters as champion Muguruza exits


PARIS (AFP) – Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and title-holder Novak Djokovic surged into the French Open quarter-finals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday, but reigning women s champion Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last 16. Nadal continued his ruthless form at Roland Garros by dispatching Spanish 17th seed …

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