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(Reuters) – Chuck Blazer, the former FIFA executive committee member who had pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering has passed away, his lawyers said on Wednesday. A statement by Blazer’s two lawyers did not provide details or the circumstances of his death. Blazer, 72, held the position of general secretary at the
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LONDON Czech Karolina Pliskova rose to the top of the WTA rankings without striking a ball on Tuesday as results at Wimbledon saw her overhaul Germany’s Angelique Kerber. By a quirk of the points-based ranking system the 25-year-old rose to the summit — the 23rd player to do so — thanks to Simona Halep’s quarter-final
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By Karolos Grohmann and Brian Homewood | LAUSANNE, Switzerland LAUSANNE, Switzerland French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday described Paris’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics as the best defense against threats to the Games’ values of openness, tolerance and respect for the environment. “Olympic values are our values. They are threatened, called into question by
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By Martyn Herman | LONDON LONDON Rafael Nadal’s challenge for a third Wimbledon crown ended in heart-breaking fashion as relentless Luxembourger Gilles Muller won a nerve-jangling fourth-round classic 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13 on Monday. The 31-year-old Nadal fought back from two sets down and saved four match points in a 135-minute minute fifth set
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(The Sports Xchange) – Katherine Kirk continued her torrid play at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic on Saturday in Oneida, Wis. Kirk expanded her lead to four shots with a 7-under-par 65 in the third round that left her at 20-under 196. Ashleigh Buhai of South Africa moved into solo second place at 16 under
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LONDON The quality of Wimbledon’s courts have been criticized by some players but the head groundsman at the All England Club says there are not significantly different to previous years. The courts came under fire when French player Kristina Mladenovic slated the Court 18 surface after her defeat by American Alison Riske on Thursday. Mladenovic
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By Alan Baldwin | SPIELBERG, Austria SPIELBERG, Austria Ferrari’s Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel looked a good bet for pole position after posting the fastest time in final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday. The German, 14 points clear of Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton after eight races, was 0.269 seconds quicker than his British
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By Pritha Sarkar | LONDON LONDON Centre Court fans at Wimbledon will be hoping to see a bit more of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on Saturday when they play back-to-back third round matches. The last time Djokovic and Federer played successive matches on tennis’ most famous stage, fans were left short changed as both
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By Alison Williams | LONDON LONDON A ominous-looking Rafa Nadal kept up his bid for a third Wimbledon and French Open double in style on Friday, serving notice he is not be to messed with in his 6-1 6-4 7-6(3) defeat of big-serving Karen Khachanov to reach the last 16. The Spanish fourth seed scorched
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LONDON Bethanie Mattek-Sands was undergoing tests on Friday to assess the extent of the knee injury that left her screaming in agony on court during her second round match on day four of the Wimbledon championships. The American was playing Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on Court 17 on Thursday when she appeared to slip as she
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LONDON Novak Djokovic raced into the Wimbledon third round on Thursday, but has yet to be given a real workout. The three-time champion was in relentless form as he trounced Wimbledon debutant Adam Pavlasek 6-2 6-2 6-1 in little more than 90 minutes. It was Djokovic’s first full match at the tournament after his first-round
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LONDON When Roger Federer passed the 10,000 career aces milestone in his first-round match at Wimbledon, it reinforced his reputation as one of the finest servers of all time. But who is the greatest of them all in the men’s game? Well, it depends on which stats you look at. Federer joined an exclusive club
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Manny Pacquiao has backed a call asking the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) to review the controversial points decision that saw Australia’s Jeff Horn capture the Filipino great’s welterweight world title in Brisbane on Sunday. Horn improved his unbeaten record to 17-0-1 after the judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 in the 29-year-old’s favor
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LONDON Formula One is teaming up with marketing agency Lagardere Sports to build strategic partnerships in China from 2018 onwards and raise the sport’s profile in a region it sees as having huge potential for growth. The sport’s new owners, Liberty Media, see China, along with the United States, as ripe for expansion and there
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LONDON Bright sunshine and Roger Federer await tennis fans heading to the All England Club for the second day of action at Wimbledon on Tuesday. After an opening day which saw world number three Stan Wawrinka suffer a surprise defeat at the hands of Russian Daniil Medvedev, the focus turns to his Swiss compatriot and
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SYDNEY Australia’s Jeff Horn brushed aside the outcry against his shock victory over Manny Pacquiao on Monday and said he hoped taking the Filipino’s WBO welterweight title would help reinvigorate boxing Down Under. The 29-year-old former schoolteacher was awarded a unanimous 12-round decision over the eight-division world champion after a bloody battle in front of
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