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Qatar, Japan advance in Asian Cup with perfect record

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Qatar finished the group stage of the Asian Cup with a third straight win, beating three-time champion Saudi Arabia 2-0 on Thursday in a highly charged game amid the political tensions between the two nations. Saudi Arabia engineered the regional boycott of Qatar along with the host United Arab Emirates,… Read

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Japanese Olympic Committee head to miss IOC meeting

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Japan's Olympic Committee chief Tsunekazu Takeda, investigated in France for suspected corruption linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will not attend an International Olympic Committee (IOC) marketing meeting this weekend, the IOC said on Thursday. The IOC said Takeda, an IOC member and head of the Olympic body's marketing commission,… Read

SOCCER

European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues

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What to watch in the leading football leagues in Europe this weekend: ENGLAND The north London clubs face opposition from the west of the capital after a spell of setbacks. After back-to-back Premier League home losses, Tottenham travels to Fulham on Sunday still third in the standings but nine points… Read

TENNIS

Djokovic tops Tsonga again in Australia

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All these years later, although with much less on the line, Novak Djokovic again got the better of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open. The No. 1-seeded Djokovic beat Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round at Melbourne Park in a rematch of their 2008 final. This one started… Read

TENNIS

Nishikori survives scare against Karlovic; Osaka, Pliskova, Keys advance at Australian Open

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Kei Nishikori could joke about it later, saying he faced more aces in one match from Ivo Karlovic than he himself would serve in a year. Eighth-seeded Nishikori withstood 59 aces from Karlovic, and had to save three break points in a crucial 10th game of the fifth set, before… Read

TENNIS

Sharapova, Wozniacki to meet in 3rd round at Australia Open

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A side effect of not playing much for Maria Sharapova is the likelihood of having to face highly ranked rivals in the first week of a major. It doesn't come much tougher in the third round than a match against the defending champion. That's the equation at the Australian Open… Read

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Spurs' Son helps South Korea to victory over China in Asian Cup

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South Korea beat China 2-0 to secure top spot in Group C at the Asian Cup on Wednesday as Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min made his first appearance in the tournament for Paulo Bento's side. The Spurs forward arrived from London on Monday following his club's Premier League loss to Manchester… Read

SOCCER

Derby beats Southampton on penalties in FA Cup

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Derby came from two goals down for the second time against Southampton to eliminate the Premier League club from the FA Cup on Wednesday, winning a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw in their third-round replay. Derby captain Richard Keogh converted the decisive spot kick to secure a 5-3 win… Read

SUMO

Grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

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Grand champion Kisenosato, the only Japanese wrestler at sumo's highest rank, decided to retire Wednesday after three straight losses at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato needed a strong start to salvage his career but wasn't able to win in the first three days. "It's very regrettable that I… Read

TENNIS

Big flex: Youngsters Tiafoe, Fritz stun seeds in Australia

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Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt's right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, "Yeah! Let's go! Let's go! Come on!" Forgive the young American's exuberance. This was, after all, the biggest victory of his nascent career. Down a… Read

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