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Football: Liverpool rocked, Alli lifts Spurs

Leicester s Shinji Okazaki sent Liverpool crashing out of the League Cup, while Tottenham edged past Barnsley to reach the fourth round on Tuesday. Okazaki came off the bench to fire Leicester ahead in the second half of their 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium. The Japan forward, on as a second-half replacement for Leonardo Ulloa, broke the deadlock …

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Football: Messi hits four as Barca maintain perfect start

– Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday. Paulinho and Denis Suarez also netted for the second consecutive game as Barca stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points over Real Madrid, who …

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Tennis: Pakistan’s Sara, Ushna ousted in Asian Indoor & Martial Games

Pakistan’s Sara Khan and Ushna Suhail were ousted in the first round of the women singles tennis event, part of the ongoing 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games being played at ITF Tennis Club Courts in Turkmenistan’s city Ashgabat. Sara did some resistance but Caruthers Steffi of Somoa won the battle 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Sara Khan played in the …

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Muguruza crushes Puig to advance in Tokyo

Newly crowned world number one Garbine Muguruza pulverised Olympic champion Monica Puig 6-4, 6-0 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open. Earlier, second seed Karolina Pliskova, who held the top ranking briefly over the summer, crushed Poland s Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1 as the Czech set up a potential date with another former world number one, …

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Rooney hit by 2-year ban after drink-drive guilty plea

, United Kingdom: (AFP) – Former England captain Wayne Rooney was Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to drink-driving. The Everton striker apologised for an “unforgivable lack of judgement” following his sentencing by a court in northern England for being nearly three times over the drink-drive …

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Bayern sweat over new Neuer injury

Bayern Munich face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the recurrence of a foot injury suffered by club captain and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Bayern said Neuer will undergo a scan on Tuesday which will reveal the full nature of the new injury to the same foot he fractured last April. Neuer only made his comeback from that …

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Bayern sweat over new Neuer injury

Boxing, badminton, poker, pool — every sport imaginable is rebranding in India as a “super” or “pro” franchise-based competition chasing a slice of an emerging billion-dollar entertainment market dominated by cricket’s Indian Premier League. The star-studded Twenty20 tournament has inspired a raft of glitzy new sports leagues seeking to replicate the winning formula that recently landed India’s most popular sporting …

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Football: Rio Ferdinand launches bid to become pro boxer

Former England football captain Rio Ferdinand confirmed Tuesday he will train to become a professional boxer with the ultimate aim of challenging for a title belt. The 38-year-old former Manchester United star, who retired from football in May 2015, is taking part in online betting firm Betfair’s “Defender to Contender” project and will be training with former WBC super-middleweight champion …

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Tennis: Cibulkova tears through Tokyo opener

Fifth seed Dominika Cibulkova pummelled Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday to storm into the second round of the Pan Pacific Open. The Slovakian world number nine produced glimpses of the red-hot form that won her four of her eight career titles last year with some brutal hitting in the Tokyo sunshine. Cibulkova, who climbed as high as …

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Football: UEFA charges Arsenal, Cologne after fan chaos

European football chiefs charged Arsenal and Cologne on Friday after vast numbers of away fans gained access to the home sections of Emirates Stadium, sparking chaotic scenes that marred the Europa League clash. Visiting supporters were issued with 3,000 tickets but around 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital. The …

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