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England hit by more withdrawals for Germany, Brazil games

– Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Jordan Henderson are the latest withdrawals from England s injury-hit squad for friendlies against World Cup holders Germany and five-time winners Brazil, the FA said Tuesday. Gareth Southgate s men kick-off their World Cup preparations with back-to-back Wembley matches against the international heavyweight teams over the coming week. Tottenham s Dele Alli, Harry Kane …

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Pakistan to face Australia in International Festival of Hockey

Pakistan will play its first match of the International Festival of Hockey against the host Australia at Melbourne’s State Netball Hockey Centre on Wednesday. The four-Nation tournament also features New Zealand and Japan. After the single league, the top two teams would play the final with the bottom two featuring in the 3rd position game. Australia,the reigning world champions who …

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Tennis: Murray wary of Australia commitment

Andy Murray indicated Tuesday he would be prepared to miss next year s Australian Open if it meant endangering his return to full fitness from a hip injury. The British tennis star has not played a competitive match since struggling through to the quarter-finals of this year s Wimbledon, where he was beaten by Sam Querrey of the United States. …

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Tennis: Nadal doing his all to play in London, says doctor

Rafael Nadal s personal doctor said Tuesday they will do “everything possible” to enable the 16-time Grand Slam champion to compete at next week s season-ending Tour Finals in London. “We have done and are going to do everything possible for him to be (in London),” Angel Ruiz Cotorro told Cope radio station on Tuesday, while making no guarantee of …

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Pakistan hockey team departs for Australia to participate in four-nation tournament

– Pakistan hockey team has on Monday departed for Australia from Karachi to participate in a four-nation tournament to be played in Melbourne and Bendigo. Apart from Pakistan and host Australia, teams from New Zealand and Japan will feature in the competition as well. Pakistan will play their first match of the tournament against Australia in Melbourne on Wednesday. Captain …

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Tennis: Sock wins Paris Masters, makes Tour Finals

American Jack Sock battled back from a set down to beat qualifier Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 and win the Paris Masters title on Sunday, snatching a place at the World Tour Finals. The 16th seed ended his Serbian opponent s fairytale run in the French capital to break into the world s top 10 for the first time and …

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Football: Son and Gazzaniga star as injury-hit Spurs beat Palace

Son Heung-Min s second-half goal and a fine debut from goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga helped Tottenham Hotspur to a nervy 1-0 Premier League victory over bottom club Crystal Palace in a London derby at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. But Mauricio Pochettino s injury-ravaged side failed to hit the heights of Wednesday s memorable 3-1 Champions League victory over Real Madrid and …

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Football: Morata strikes as Chelsea derail United title bid

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata condemned Jose Mourinho to another damaging defeat against his former club as the champions clinched a crucial 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday. Morata rewarded an enterprising display from Antonio Conte s side when the Spain striker headed home early in the second half at Stamford Bridge. After losing twice at Chelsea in his first …

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Football: Real roll over Las Palmas to calm crisis talk

Real Madrid quietened crisis talk after back-to-back defeats as Marco Asensio added to his collection of wonder strikes in a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Victory cuts third-placed Real s deficit on Barcelona at the top of La Liga back to eight points. However, it was another off night for Madrid s strikers as …

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Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters

World number one Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters on Friday before his quarter-final with a knee injury. The Spaniard, who had his right knee strapped during his third-round win on Thursday, said he wanted to try and be ready to face Filip Krajinovic in the last eight but that “it wasn t possible to play”. He did …

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