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Late HR lifts Astros over Red Sox in ALCS opener

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Carlos Correa paused a few seconds at the plate, tapping the spot on his wrist where a watch would be, after hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that propelled the Houston Astros over the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Friday night in the AL Championship Series opener. “It’s… Read

Sports

No-nonsense masks, strict bubble: What to expect from China's Winter Olympics

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Beijing, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, is staging a series of test events -- giving a strong taste of what the Games will look like and what coronavirus measures will be in place. AFP Sport takes a look at what athletes and spectators -- only people living in… Read

AUTO RACING

Bahrain GP to kick off 23-race F1 season in 2022; Canada back

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Next year's Formula One season will feature 23 races and open in Bahrain rather than its traditional start in Australia, with Singapore and Canada returning after two straight cancellations amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 2022 calendar was approved by governing body FIA's World Motor Sport Council on Friday. The Bahrain… Read

TENNIS

Zverev, Tsitsipas sent crashing out of ATP Indian Wells Masters

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American Taylor Fritz survived two match points to come from behind and eliminate third seeded Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) in the quarterfinals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Friday. Fritz dropped the first set and was down 5-2 in the third when he flicked a switch and… Read

SOCCER

Infantino says biennial World Cup gives countries chance to 'dream'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday defended his plan to hold the World Cup every two years during a visit to Venezuela, a country that has never qualified for the global showpiece. The biennial World Cup project, which has the backing of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has come in… Read

TENNIS

U.S. Open champions Medvedev, Raducanu pull out of Moscow

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U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev joined fellow New York Grand Slam title winner Emma Raducanu in withdrawing from the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Friday. Medvedev, who prevented world number one Novak Djokovic from sweeping the first men's calendar Grand Slam since 1969 with victory in the U.S. Open final,… Read

BASEBALL

Dodgers beat Giants 2-1 in playoff thriller; advance to NLCS

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Cody Bellinger pointed at the dugout and pounded his chest in triumph after delivering the biggest hit this season for the defending World Series champions. Of course, it took until the ninth inning of the 24th and final meeting to finally separate the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.… Read

TENNIS

Norrie, Dimitrov advance to semifinals at Indian Wells

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Cameron Norrie routed 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open and extend the best season of his career. Norrie needed just 73 minutes to dismantle Schwartzman, who finally held serve to open the second set, drawing cheers from the small crowd… Read

Sports

Macron wants 2024 Olympics to turn France into a sportier nation

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President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he hoped the 2024 Paris Olympics would give a huge boost to participation in sport in France. "The aim is not simply to get medals, it will be to put sport at the heart of the nation," Macron said, as he visited Olympic building sites… Read

CYCLING

Danish start for 'complete' 2022 Tour de France

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The 2022 Tour de France embarks from Denmark, pushes into Switzerland and Belgium, visits Dunkirk and Lourdes, and features five mountain slogs. While the opening three days in Denmark had already been publicized, the rest of the route was unveiled in a ceremony before an audience of several thousand at… Read

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