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Tennis: Thiem only seed left standing at Qatar Open


World number five Dominic Thiem eased through to the quarter finals of the Qatar Open on Wednesday to become the only seeded player left in the tournament after the first two rounds saw the seven other highest-ranked players eliminated. Four seeds crashed out in the first round and a further …

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Tennis: Nishikori out of Aussie Open, Djokovic races clock


Injured Japanese star Kei Nishikori pulled out of the Australian Open Thursday, while Novak Djokovic says he will test his problem elbow at an exhibition before deciding whether to play. Asian number one Nishikori has not played competitively since last August after suffering a torn tendon in his right wrist …

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Football: City take express route as leaders sink Watford


Manchester City bounced back quickly after their 18-game winning streak come to an end, beating Watford 3-1 on Tuesday to establish a 15-point lead in the Premier League. After City were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace 48 hours earlier, prolific Raheem Sterling scored quickly and Sergio Aguero …

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Trials for boxing championship from tomorrow


Trials for the 36th National Boxing Championship will be started at Wapda Sports Stadium, Lahore from Wednesday, January 3. Media Coordinator of Punjab Boxing Association Pervez Raja, said here Tuesday that players between 19 and 40 years of age would be selected during the trials. Candidates must have ID cards …

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Tennis: Big seeds tumble out of Qatar Open


The Qatar Open second and third seeds — Spain s Pablo Carreno Busta and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic — crashed out of the tournament in the first round on Tuesday on a night of shocks in Doha. Both seeds lost in third set tie-breaks. Carreno Busta was beaten …

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Serena Williams loses on comeback


Serena Williams lost on her comeback from a maternity break as French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko powered to victory in the “first to ten points” final set at the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament on Saturday. The 36-year-old Williams looked far from full fitness just four months after the birth of …

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