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Saeed of Dera Ismail Khan upset Yasir of Peshawar in 30th KP Snooker Championship

Saeed of Dera Ismail Khan upset top seeded Yasir of Peshawar in the ongoing 30th Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Snooker Championship being played at Mingora Swat on Monday. Saeed did not look behind after winning the first frame wherein he made a break of 80, the score was 81-16. After winning the first frame Saeed failed to click in the third and …

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Football: Messi’s statue vandalised again

The statue of Lionel Messi in Buenos Aires has been vandalised again — this time the Argentine hero was cut off at the ankles between Sunday night and Monday morning. Messi s boots still chased a ball on the plinth while the severed body was pushed to the ground and left lying there. The statue was erected in June 2016 …

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Groups, fixtures and what to expect

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup due in June, fans across the globe – regardless of whether their country is a part of it or not, just can’t wait for their favourites to showcase their footballing skills in the field. Either it be the shocking qualifiers that witnessed former champion Italy’s failure to secure a spot in the tournament for …

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Football: Allegri delight as Juventus trip up Napoli

Massimiliano Allegri could not hide his delight as Juventus tripped up Serie A leaders Napoli to deliver a psychological blow to their title challengers at their San Paolo Stadium. In an key early clash in the battle for the Scudetto defending six-time champions Juventus move second just one point behind Napoli, who suffered their first defeat in 15 games this …

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Olympics: Three more Russians banned for Sachi doping

Three more Russian athletes were suspended for life on Friday by the International Olympic Committee for doping at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014. The Oswald Commission, which is investigating allegations from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) of systematic state-sponsored doping by the Russians at the Games they hosted, announced that it had banned two cross-country skiers and a biathlete. …

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Golf: Woods in hunt as Hoffman romps

Tiger Woods fired a four-under-par 68 to remain in contention in his comeback event at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Friday. The 41-year-old superstar, playing his first tournament in nearly 10 months, vaulted up the leaderboard at the Albany Golf Club with a blistering front nine. The 14-time-major champion was five-under for the day after posting three …

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World Cup draw throws up Spain, Portugal showdown

Cristiano Ronaldo s Portugal will come up against Spain in the standout fixture of the 2018 World Cup group stage, while England were handed an encounter with a dangerous Belgium side in Friday s draw. Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, have been revitalised under Julen Lopetegui after underperforming in recent years and were seen as the team to avoid after missing …

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Football: Bjorn Borg inspires Mourinho’s pursuit of Man City

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he is ready to take the Bjorn Borg approach to chasing down Manchester City. Mourinho’s side are eight points behind Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders going into this weekend fixtures. City have dropped just two points in 14 matches this season, and have developed a recent habit of grinding out late wins. Raheem …

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Football: Neymar’s Brazil confident ahead of World Cup draw

Brazil are full of confidence ahead of Friday’s World Cup draw in Russia — and it’s not all just about Neymar. Coming back after the mother of all humiliations in that 7-1 defeat to Germany while hosting the tournament in 2014, Brazil are once more among the top contenders. The Selecao were the first team to qualify for next year’s …

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Football: Barca, Atletico, Sevilla ease into Copa del Rey last 16

Holders Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla eased into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, but Basque duo Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad were eliminated in stunning fashion by third-tier opposition in Formentera and Lleida respectively. Already leading 3-0 from the first leg, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde made 10 changes from Sunday s top-of-the-table clash at Valencia …

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