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Djokovic tops Paul to set up final clash with Tsitsipas in Australian Open

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Of all of his considerable talents, Novak Djokovic’s ability to cast aside whatever appears to stand in his way might be the most valuable. So forget about the potential distraction of his father’s decision to stay away from Rod Laver Arena for Djokovic’s semifinal against unseeded American Tommy Paul at… Read

RUGBY UNION

French rugby president Laporte resigns ahead of World Cup

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With the rugby World Cup in France looming, French rugby federation president Bernard Laporte resigned from his position Friday after he was convicted in a corruption case last month, the French sports minister said. A Paris court in December found Laporte guilty of passive corruption, influence peddling, illegal interest taking… Read

Sports

4 of NFL's best TEs on display in conference title games

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When Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes headed up the tunnel inside Arrowhead Stadium to have X-rays taken on his sprained right ankle, and Chad Henne trotted onto the field in the second quarter of their divisional playoff game against Jacksonville, it was obvious who the backup quarterback was going to target.… Read

TENNIS

Djokovic's father won't attend semifinal after Russia flag controversy

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Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan said on Friday he would not attend his son's Australian Open semifinal and would instead "watch from home", after a video emerged showing him posing at Melbourne Park with fans holding Russian flags. The video caused controversy in Australia, leading to the country's Prime Minister Anthony… Read

TENNIS

Ukraine urges Australian Open to ban Djokovic's father from attending

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Ukraine's ambassador to Australia on Friday urged tennis officials to ban Novak Djokovic's father from the Australian Open after he was filmed posing with fans brandishing Russian flags. "He should be stripped of his accreditation," ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko told AFP. Myroshnychenko also called on Djokovic, who is preparing to face… Read

Sports

IOC's move to reintegrate Russia into Olympics meets opposition

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The International Olympic Committee's efforts to find a "pathway" for Russians to take part in the 2024 Paris Games despite the invasion of Ukraine were strongly criticized by Britain and Denmark on Thursday. Ignoring calls from Ukraine to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from next year's summer Olympics, the IOC… Read

BASEBALL

Cardinals' Nootbaar, Boston's Yoshida in Japan's WBC team

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Japan completed naming its 30-man roster on Thursday for the World Baseball Classic, which includes outfielders Lars Nootbaar of the St Louis Cardinals and Masataka Yoshida of the Boston Red Sox. Nootbaar has a Japanese mother but grew up in California and does not speak Japanese. He is the first… Read

SOCCER

Man City face Arsenal showdown; Liverpool eye revenge in FA Cup

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Manchester City and Arsenal take a break from an intense Premier League title race this weekend -- only to face each other in a heavyweight FA Cup clash at the Etihad. Holders Liverpool will look to avenge their chastening recent defeat at Brighton, while Harry Kane could become Tottenham's all-time… Read

TENNIS

Rybakina, Sabalenka to meet in Australian Open women's final

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What all seemed so different, so daunting, even, about trying to win a Grand Slam title to Elena Rybakina a little more than six months ago is now coming rather naturally. And if she can win one more match, she will add a championship at the Australian Open to the… Read

SOCCER

International soccer transfer market rebounds in 2022

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Soccer’s international transfer market continued to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic with a record 20,000 deals between clubs from different countries last year, FIFA said Thursday. Total spending worldwide was $6.5 billion in transfer fees for players who moved across borders between FIFA member federations — an increase of 33.5%… Read

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