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Osaka says 'no excuses' after defeat on clay return

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Naomi Osaka refused to blame a lengthy trip from Japan to France after losing in straight sets to Martina Trevisan in the first round of the WTA event Rouen on Wednesday. The former world number one was making her first appearance on clay since the 2022 French Open, when she… Read

TENNIS

Nadal loses to De Minaur in second round at Barcelona

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Rafael Nadal's first tournament since January lasted only two matches with the Spaniard losing 7-5, 6-1 to Alex de Minaur at the clay-court Barcelona Open on Wednesday. Nadal, back from an injury layoff, looked like his old self for brief moments in the second-round match but couldn't keep up with… Read

SOCCER

Al-Ain beats Al-Hilal 4-2, Ulsan tops Yokohama 1-0 in first legs of Asian Champions League SF

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Soufiane Rahimi’s hat trick helped Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates to a 4-2 win over Al-Hilal in the first leg of their Asian Champions League semifinal on Wednesday that also ended the Saudi Arabian team's 34-game world record winning streak for top tier teams. The Moroccan international, now the… Read

SOCCER

Real Madrid exact revenge on Man City to reach Champions League semis

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Real Madrid exacted revenge on Manchester City to reach the Champions League semifinals 4-3 on penalties after withstanding a barrage at the Etihad on Wednesday. Rodrygo gave the visitors an early lead before Kevin De Bruyne hit back for the holders to leave the match level at 1-1 on the… Read

BASKETBALL

NBA bans Raptors forward Jontay Porter for life over gambling violations

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The NBA banned Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter for life on Wednesday after a bombshell probe found he bet on league matches -- dubbed a "cardinal sin" by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The league said that Porter, who spent part of his season in the NBA and part of it… Read

SOCCER

Kimmich heads Bayern Munich past Arsenal and into Champions League semifinals

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Joshua Kimmich's header powered Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday to reach the Champions League semifinals with a 3-2 victory on aggregate. With the score at 2-2 from the first leg in London, Kimmich's header off Raphael Guerreiro's pinpoint cross put Bayern ahead in the 63rd… Read

BASEBALL

Padres put pitcher Yu Darvish on 15-day injured list with neck stiffness

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The San Diego Padres have put right-hander Yu Darvish on the 15-day injured list with neck tightness on Wednesday. The Padres made the move ahead of their game against the Brewers in Milwaukee. It is retroactive to Sunday. Right-hander Logan Gillaspie was recalled from Triple-A El Paso. Darvish, 37, is… Read

Sports

Japan's Paris Olympic Games uniforms unveiled

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Japan's official apparel for the Paris Olympics and Paralympics was unveiled Wednesday, with 100 days to go until the Olympic opening ceremony. The bright red tops are inspired by the French capital's sunrises, while the use of recycled materials contributed to a 34 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions in… Read

BASEBALL

Detroit scores on a wild pitch to beat Texas

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Gio Urshela had an RBI single and Matt Vierling scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning to put Detroit ahead, and the Tigers’ pitchers continued their solid play to beat Texas on Tuesday. Andrew Chafin (1-0) worked 1 1/3 hitless innings with three strikeouts. Jason Foley retired pinch-hitter… Read

OLYMPICS

Paris 2024 torch lit in ancient Olympia; relay under way

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The torch for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games was lit in ancient Olympia in a traditional ceremony on Tuesday, marking the final stretch of the seven-year preparations for the Games' start on July 26. Greek actress Mary Mina, playing the role of high priestess, lit the torch using a backup… Read

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