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World number one Muguruza powers into Wuhan quarters

World number one Garbine Muguruza powered her way into the quarterfinals at the Wuhan Open on Wednesday, defeating Poland s Magda Linette 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to set up a mouth-watering clash with Jelena Ostapenko. The Spaniard dominated the first set, but performed meekly in the second at a hot and humid tournament that has seen all but three seeds crash …

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Football: Unlucky Coates gifts Barca win at Sporting

Sebastian Coates scored an unfortunate second-half own goal to gift Barcelona a 1-0 victory away to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Uruguayan centre-back unwittingly deflected a Lionel Messi free-kick into his own net on 49 minutes to hand the Spaniards a second successive win to start Group D.

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Football: Lukaku and Martial lead Man Utd in CSKA rout

– Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial put CSKA Moscow to the sword as Manchester United took control of Champions League Group A with a ruthless 4-1 win on Wednesday. Lukaku scored twice at Moscow s VEB Arena, taking his United tally to 10 goals in nine games, with Martial setting him up twice and netting a penalty before Henrikh Mkhitaryan …

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A Sydney-based Saudi rights activist who led a campaign for women to drive in the conservative kingdom Thursday vowed to return and become one of the first to legally get behind the wheel. Manal al-Sharif was imprisoned for nine days after posting a video of herself on YouTube and Facebook driving her car around the eastern city of Khobar in 2011 at the height of the “Women2Drive” protest movement.

– Michy Batshuayi struck a dramatic winner with the last kick of the game as Chelsea inflicted Atletico Madrid s first defeat at their new Wanda Metropolitano home on Wednesday with a hugely impressive 2-1 Champions League victory. Substitute Batshuayi s late intervention was just rewards for a dominant Chelsea display despite falling behind to Antoine Griezmann s penalty five …

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Qatar, FIFA urged to protect 800,000 workers from desert heat

World Cup 2022 host Qatar must urgently introduce laws to protect the lives of up to 800,000 migrant construction labourers working in scorching temperatures, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The New York-based organisation also called on the Gulf state to investigate workers’ deaths and make those findings public. “The Qatari authorities’ failure to put in place the most basic protection …

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Halep and Wozniacki out at Wuhan Open, Muguruza sails through

Simona Halep was defeated 6-2, 6-1 by Russia s Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday at a tumultuous Wuhan Open that has seen two thirds of the top seeds tumble out in the first two rounds. The world number two headed for the exit along with Dane Caroline Wozniacki, ranked six, who crashed out 7-5, 6-3 to Maria Sakkari of Greece. They …

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Football: Coutinho scores as Liverpool held in Moscow

A sparkling Philippe Coutinho goal was not enough to earn Liverpool victory as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday. Coutinho cancelled out Fernando s free-kick in the 31st minute, but Liverpool s quest for a winner came to nothing, leaving them still without a win after two games in Group …

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Football: De Bruyne rocket fires Manchester City

– Kevin De Bruyne s superb strike and a late Raheem Sterling goal maintained Manchester City s impressive form in a 2-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday. De Bruyne struck in the 49th minute with a magnificent 20-yard strike into the top right-hand corner of the Shakhtar goal after David Silva s run had ended with the …

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Football: Ronaldo marks milestone, in-form Kane fires Spurs

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his 400th Real Madrid appearance as the Champions League holders defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1, while Harry Kane grabbed a hat-trick in Tottenham Hotspur s 3-0 win at APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday. Gareth Bale struck an exquisite volley as the record 12-time European champions secured an 18th-minute lead at Signal Iduna Park, with the Welshman supplying …

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Singapore bodybuilder dies after kickboxing match

– A Singaporean bodybuilder has died after taking part in a celebrity Muay Thai kickboxing match, organisers said Sunday. The bout on Saturday was the first time Pradip Subramaniam, 32, had taken part in a kickboxing fight. He was competing against Steven Lim, a former contestant on a reality song contest known as Singapore Idol, who is also a kickboxing …

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