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Tennis: Nadal battles past Cuevas to reach Paris quarters

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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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Tennis: Women’s boss wants WTA Finals to close season

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– Women’s Tennis Association chief executive Steve Simon said he wants the WTA Finals to become the last event of the season from 2019, meaning a likely swap with the ongoing Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. Simon said the Elite Trophy, which features 12 players ranked roughly from nine to 20, …

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Football: Dempsey double sends Seattle through

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Clint Dempsey scored twice as the Seattle Sounders kept alive their dream of retaining the MLS Cup on Thursday with a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Dempsey, who had missed the first leg of the Western Conference semi-final through suspension, pounced for two second-half goals as Seattle advanced to …

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Football: Spurs stun Madrid, join Man City in last 16

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– Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City. Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo s …

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Football: Kurzawa bags hat-trick as PSG blow away Anderlecht

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– Left-back Layvin Kurzawa was an unlikely hat-trick hero as Paris Saint-Germain destroyed Anderlecht 5-0 on Tuesday and sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with two group games to spare. Marco Verratti and Neymar had scored brilliant first-half goals for the hosts at the Parc …

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Liverpool’s Klopp warns over complacency

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his side against complacency as they prepare to cross swords with Maribor in the Champions League on Wednesday, two weeks after pummelling the Slovenians 7-0. Klopp delved into the history books to underline the lesson for the five-time European champions as they try to …

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Nadal seals year-end No.1 ranking for 4th time

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Rafael Nadal secured the year-end world number one ranking with a 7-5, 6-3 second-round victory over South Korean Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters on Wednesday. The 16-time Grand Slam champion is the oldest man to finish a season at the top of the rankings at the age of 31, …

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Tennis: Nadal set to seal year-end No 1 spot in Paris

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– Rafael Nadal will be crowned as the year-end world number one if he wins his first match at this week s Paris Masters, after Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament. The two old rivals have both had stunning seasons, returning to form and fitness with two Grand Slam titles …

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