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TENNIS

Nadal and Swiatek survive scares to progress at Wimbledon

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Rafael Nadal was again forced to dig deep to reach the Wimbledon third round on Thursday as women's top seed Iga Swiatek survived a stumble to win her 37th match on the spin. Spanish second seed Nadal, chasing a calendar Grand Slam, recovered from losing the third set for the… Read

AUTO RACING

Lewis Hamilton pushes back against 'old voices' over racism

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Lewis Hamilton said Thursday that Formula One should ignore “old voices” and reject racism as it focuses on becoming more inclusive, even as reigning world champion Max Verstappen said his “father-in-law” should not be banned from the F1 paddock. Hamilton, the seven-time F1 champion and only Black driver, was reacting… Read

RUGBY UNION

Joseph confident Japan can beat heat against France in steamy Toyota

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Japan head coach Jamie Joseph on Thursday backed his team to keep their cool in the first rugby test against France despite temperatures forecast to soar to 35 degrees Celsius by kick-off time in Toyota on Saturday afternoon. Joseph made six changes from the side that thrashed Uruguay 43-7 last… Read

RUGBY UNION

No big surprise: England rugby coach Jones in spotlight

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Only a guy like Eddie Jones could have an eight-match winning streak over the Wallabies and still be facing questions about his future as England rugby coach. But ahead of the first test against Australia in Perth, Western Australia, on Saturday, the Australia-born Jones says he enjoys the pressure and… Read

RUGBY UNION

Foster hopes to shake COVID-19 and be ready for Ireland test

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Head coach Ian Foster is confident he will be present at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday when the All Blacks take on Ireland in the first of three rugby tests, a match which might be pivotal to his own career. Foster has had little hands-on involvement with the All Blacks… Read

GOLF

Controversy swirls as LIV Golf's first U.S. event tees off

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The first U.S. event in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series teed off in Oregon on Thursday amid continued protests and threats of legal action that would further divide the global game. Hours before the breakaway tour's second event teed off at Pumpkin Ridge outside Portland, Oregon, family members of people… Read

BASEBALL

Ohtani strikes out 11, extends scoreless streak in 4-1 win over White Sox

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Shohei Ohtani extended his scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings while pitching five-hit ball into the sixth with 11 strikeouts in the Los Angeles Angels' 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Ohtani went 0 for 3 with a walk at the plate, but Luis Rengifo hit… Read

TENNIS

Sweet 16 for Djokovic as Murray exits Wimbledon

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon third round for the 16th time on Wednesday as career-long rival Andy Murray suffered his earliest-ever exit from the All England Club. Top seed Djokovic brushed aside 79th-ranked Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and will face Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic for… Read

SOCCER

Kobe Vissel fires manager after less than three months

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Andres Iniesta's floundering J.League side Vissel Kobe fired manager Miguel Angel Lotina after less than three months in charge Wednesday, with reports blaming his treatment of the former Barcelona legend. Iniesta is in danger of being relegated for the first time in his glittering career, with big-spending Vissel rooted to… Read

RUGBY UNION

New Zealand Maori beat Ireland 32-17 in 1st tour match

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A dominant first-half performance set the New Zealand Maori on course to a 32-17 win over the touring Ireland rugby team Wednesday in the first of two matches between the teams. The Maori scored four tries to one to lead 32-10 at halftime in a match played in wet and… Read

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