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Williams' 1,000th match ends in defeat at Italian Open; Osaka ousted

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Serena Williams' 1,000th tour-level match ended in defeat as she marked her return to action with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 loss to Nadia Podoroska on Wednesday in the second round of the Italian Open. The eighth-seeded Williams, who hadn't played since the Australian Open, came from a break down twice… Read

OCCER

Arsenal beats Chelsea 1-0 after pouncing on Jorginho howler

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Emile Smith Rowe took advantage of a defensive howler to score the winner as Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to stop the hosts from moving third in the Premier League. Italy midfielder Jorginho’s attempted back pass left out-of-position goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga scrambling to prevent an own… Read

SOCCER

FIFA details $5 mil handed to players claiming unpaid salaries

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A FIFA fund helping players whose salaries were not paid sent $2 million to more than 400 applicants from Greek and Turkish clubs in the first wave of payments, world soccer’s governing body said Wednesday. FIFA set aside $16 million through 2022 to support players in a project with the… Read

Sports

NFL returning to London with 2 games in October

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The NFL is returning to London in October for its first games in the city since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The Atlanta Falcons will play the New York Jets on Oct. 10, and the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Miami Dolphins a week later. Both games will be staged at… Read

BASEBALL

Ohtani, McCullers duel into late innings as Astros beat Angels

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Shohei Ohtani struck out 10 in an impressive duel with Lance McCullers Jr., and the Houston Astros broke loose against the Angels' bullpen to beat Los Angeles 5-1 Tuesday night. Ohtani allowed one run and four hits with one walk in seven innings, solving his control troubles in his longest… Read

SOCCER

Spain's Iniesta to stay with Kobe for two more years

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Spanish soccer legend Andres Iniesta celebrated his 37th birthday on Tuesday by signing a contract extension that will keep him at J.League side Vissel Kobe for two more years. The former Barcelona midfield maestro joined Kobe in 2018 in a deal worth a reported 300 million yen a year and… Read

TENNIS

Djokovic loses cool, but wins rain-delayed match at Italian Open

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Top-ranked Novak Djokovic shouted at the umpire before regaining his cool to see out his rain-delayed second-round match against Taylor Fritz at the Italian Open on Tuesday. With conditions worsening during the second set and rain getting heavier, Djokovic’s temper boiled over and he roared, “How much more do you… Read

GOLF

Masters champ Matsuyama returns at PGA Byron Nelson

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Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama will try to recapture his form after a month off, including a celebration in Japan, when he tees off Thursday at the U.S. PGA Byron Nelson tournament. Matsuyama became the first men's major winner from Japan when he captured the green jacket last month at Augusta… Read

SOCCER

United hands City Premier League title by losing 2-1 to Leicester

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Manchester United handed the Premier League title to fierce rival Manchester City on Tuesday by losing 2-1 to Leicester, which ignited its bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League. United needed to avoid defeat at Old Trafford to delay City’s title celebrations for at least two more days, but… Read

BASEBALL

MLB tells Athletics to explore relocation if no new ballpark

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Major League Baseball instructed the Athletics to explore relocation options as the team tries to secure a new waterfront ballpark it hopes will keep the club in Oakland long-term. MLB released a statement Tuesday expressing its longtime determination that the current Coliseum site is “not a viable option for the… Read

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