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Federer downs del Potro for eighth Basel crown

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Home favourite Roger Federer claimed his eighth Swiss Indoors title on Sunday with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3 final defeat of Juan Martin del Potro. The 36-year-old fought back from a set down to win the 95th ATP title of his career, taking him clear above Ivan Lendl into second …

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Football: Real Madrid lose in troubled Catalonia

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– Real Madrid suffered a backlash on the field rather than from an expected hostile atmosphere amid political turmoil in Catalonia as they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday. Goals from Cristhian Stuani and Portu in four second-half minutes cancelled out Isco s opener for Madrid …

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Tennis: Federer survives to reach 14th Basel semi-final

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Roger Federer survived a surprise test at the Swiss Indoors on Friday before making the semi-finals at his home event for the 14th time with a hard-fought 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over Adrian Mannarino. The French seventh seed, who had dropped 10 straight sets in four losing matches against the …

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Formula One: Ricciardo outpaces spinning Hamilton in Mexico

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Daniel Ricciardo outpaced championship-chasing Lewis Hamilton to top the times in Friday s second free practice ahead of this weekend s Mexican Grand Prix. The Australian, showing his Red Bull car was competitive in the rarified, thin air conditions, clocked a best lap in one minute and 17.801 seconds to …

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Golf: Birdie burst lifts Armour into Sanderson lead

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Ryan Armour s six birdies included a burst of four straight on Friday as he seized a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Sanderson Farms Championship. Armour, 41 and seeking his first US PGA Tour win, carded a four-under par 68 at the Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi, for a 10-under …

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Tennis: Top-ranked Halep crashes out of WTA Finals

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World number one Simona Halep crashed out of the WTA Finals on Friday as French debutante Caroline Garcia stunned Caroline Wozniacki to reach the last four. Halep needed a win to keep her campaign alive but she was sent packing by the already eliminated Elina Svitolina, who won 6-3, 6-4 …

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