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Xavi open to being Qatar World Cup 2022 coach

Xavi Hernandez said he s open to being Qatar s coach when it hosts the 2022 World Cup and rebuffed his critics by claiming he is “very proud” to be in Doha. The Barcelona great, 37, who currently plays in Qatar for Al Sadd, told AFP he is “90 percent” certain to retire at the end of this season and …

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Nadal ‘destroys’ agitated Kyrgios to win China Open

– Rafael Nadal won his sixth title of another remarkable year by beating an agitated Nick Kyrgios at the China Open on Sunday, while unseeded Caroline Garcia stunned the new number one. The 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal saw the Australian Kyrgios hit with a penalty point as the Spanish number one eased to a 6-2, 6-1 victory on the …

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Formula One: Arrivederci, Arrivabene? Five talking points

– Five talking points from the Japanese Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton’s victory on Sunday: How many Ferrari mechanics does it take to change a spark plug? The sight of Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene looking glumly at the floor after Sebastian Vettel’s early retirement told a story in Suzuka. A week after a fuming Ferrari president Sergio Marchione spoke …

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Tennis: China Open needs Chinese stars, says co-director

The China Open is finally getting the international recognition it deserves but it also needs successful Chinese players to make an impact, the co-tournament director says. Thomas Ross, a veteran of the tennis scene in the United States, was brought in this year to help boost the overseas profile of China’s biggest tennis tournament. The annual event this year attracted …

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Football: Moment of truth as Argentina seek World Cup berth

The once unfathomable prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi and Argentina could become reality on Tuesday as South America’s thrilling 2018 qualification battle reaches its climax. Two years after Argentina kicked off their troubled campaign with a 2-0 defeat at home to Ecuador, Jorge Sampaoli’s side travel to Quito to face La Tri once more with their hopes …

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What ban? Chinese in thrall to tennis ‘goddess’ Sharapova

One fellow player labelled her “a cheater” and she is said to be unpopular in the locker room, but Maria Sharapova remains a crowd favourite in China despite her doping ban. “Welcome back goddess,” said one banner at the China Open in Beijing this week, while a Russian flag had the words: “I got your back Maria.”

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FIFA punish Africans for World Cup offences

– FIFA have punished numerous African nations for offences during 2018 World Cup qualifiers last month, the world football body said Tuesday. Gabon forfeited by a mandatory 3-0 scoreline a match against Ivory Coast in Libreville for fielding suspended midfielder Merlin Tandjigora. However, the Gabonese lost the match 3-0 so the punishment effectively amounted to a $6,200 (5,300 euros) fine. …

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Football: Argentina hopes on line in crucial Peru clash

– Argentina s stumbling 2018 World Cup qualification campaign faces another awkward hurdle on Thursday as the misfiring South American giants take on in-form Peru in Buenos Aires. The 2014 World Cup finalists have lurched from one disappointment to the next since South America s qualifiers kicked off two years ago, with the two-time champions invariably failing to add up …

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Tennis: Raonic tramples Troicki on return in Tokyo

– Canada s Milos Raonic looked sharp on his return from wrist surgery Tuesday as he battered Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Japan Open. The third seed, who was forced to sit out the US Open due to a persistent problem with his left wrist, displayed very few signs of rust after a seven-week …

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Tennis: ‘Very happy’ Nadal survives Beijing scare

World number one Rafael Nadal saved two match points to avoid a shock defeat in the first round of the China Open, seeing off Lucas Pouille in three sets on Tuesday. The Frenchman broke Nadal on the way to taking the first set 6-4 and the world number 23 came within a whisker of sealing an upset when the second …

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