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Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title for record 36th Masters crown

orld number one Novak Djokovic overcame a sluggish start to lift his fifth Italian Open title on Monday, defeating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3 for a record 36th ATP Masters crown.Playing his maiden ATP 1000 final, eighth seed Schwartzman raced out of the blocks to convert two break point o


Ibrahimović Scores Twice as Milan Beats Bologna 2-0

Zlatan Ibrahimović scored twice to help AC Milan beat Bologna 2-0 in Serie A on Monday and keep the Rossoneri optimism alive at the start of the new season. Ibrahimović broke the deadlock 10 minutes from halftime with a powerful header on a Theo Hernández cross. The veteran forward double


Pirlo Gets Coaching Career off to Sparkling Start in 3-0 Win

Andrea Pirlo got his coaching career off to a winning start as Juventus beat Sampdoria 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday. Dejan Kulusevski scored early in his debut and second-half goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the result on a day which saw fans return to Serie A stadiums. &ldq


Real Madrid Starts Title Defense with Draw at Real Sociedad

It wasn’t the best of starts for defending champion Real Madrid, which needed a good performance by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to salvage a 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Sunday. With a squad mostly unchanged from last season, Madrid looked out of rhythm and couldn't ge


Vive le Tour! With Young Winner, Thrilling Race Defies Virus

In a first, the Tour de France winner wore a face mask on the podium Sunday, bright yellow to match the color of the iconic jersey so snug on his young shoulders. But at least there was a winner. Three weeks ago, when 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar set off with 175 other competitors that he ended up


Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal says 10 players infected with COVID-19, requests match postponement

The Saudi Al-Hilal team has officially requested to postpone its scheduled match on Sunday against its Iranian counterpart Shahr Khodro at Al-Janoub Stadium in the Qatari capital, Doha, in the fifth round of group stage of the AFC Champions League football competition.The club published a statemen


Iraqi MMA fighter Adel Altamimi forges new path for Arab athletes

 Iraqi mixed martial arts fighter Adel Altamimi is hoping to pave the way for other Arab fighters to follow in his footsteps after he became the first from his country to enter the ring in the Bellator MMA Championship. Born in Baghdad, Altamimi’s love of martial arts started at a youn


Zidane: ‘I never had a problem with Bale’

 Gareth Bale completed his return to Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, Spurs announced on Saturday. However, the Wales attacker will not be fit to make his second debut for the club until late October due to an injury. Zinedine Zidane earlier confirmed that Bale


Toyota on pole for 88th Le Mans 24 Hour held without fans

Toyota are on pole for the Le Mans 24 Hours race which gets underway at 1230 GMT Saturday in front of empty stands with Covid-19 keeping away the motorsport classic's normal crowd of 250,000 diehard fans. Toyota are hot favourites to claim a third successive Le Mans, with the Japanese manufacture


Neymar to Lead Brazil in World Cup Qualifying

Brazil coach Tite kept faith with a troubled Neymar on Friday, choosing him to lead the Selecao as they launch their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign next month. Young Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes comes into the squad and could make his international debut while Real Madrid striker Rodrygo a


Traore Leaves Lyon for Aston Villa

Aston Villa has signed Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore from French top-flight club Lyon subject to international clearance, the Premier League club announced on Saturday. No fee was disclosed but media reports put it at around 17 million pounds ($21.9 million). “We’re delighted


Gonzolo Higuaín Signs with Miami after Leaving Juventus

Gonzalo Higuaín signed with Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami on Friday, a day after the 32-year-old forward terminated his contract with Italian champion Juventus. Higuaín signed as a designated player whose salary largest is not counted under the league’s salary cap.


Ilyass Habibali raring to get back in the ring at K-1 Combat event in Dubai

Ilyass Habibali can hardly contain his excitement at the thought of returning to the ring this weekend in the inaugural K-1 Combat kickboxing competition in Dubai. Nearly nine months after winning gold at the Asian Muaythai Championship in Abu Dhabi, the Emirati once again takes up the cudgels, a


Thomas grabs U.S. Open lead, Mickelson falters

World number three Justin Thomas fired his lowest opening score in a major and held a one-shot lead after the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, while Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were among a slew of big-name players well off the pace. Thomas, who has one top-10 finish in five U.S. Open


Vinícius Júnior: 'I Hope I Can Make Every Brazilian Cheer for Me One Day'

Vinícius Júnior played football incessantly as a kid. He still does. At the beginning of our interview, before sitting in his chair to talk, he is playing keepie-uppie and laughing. A few years ago his home pitch was on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Now, at the age of 20, it is the


Kwiatkowski wins Tour 18th stage, Roglic retains yellow

Michal Kwiatkowski, the unsung hero of Team Sky/Ineos during their dominant years, claimed his maiden Tour de France victory when he won the 18th stage from a breakaway duo with team mate Richard Carapaz on Thursday. Carapaz, who took the lead in the mountains classification, gave former world ch


LeBron, Giannis unanimously selected to All-NBA First Team

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo unanimously were selected to the 2019-20 All-NBA First Team, the league announced Wednesday.  James set the NBA record with his 16th All-NBA Team selection, surpassing the 15 set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,


Chelsea’s Werner expects to be fit in time for Liverpool clash

Timo Werner insisted he will be fit to face Liverpool on Sunday after Chelsea's new striker finished their 3-1 win at Brighton with an ice pack on his thigh.Werner marked his Premier League debut by winning a penalty that Jorginho converted to put Chelsea ahead, but the Germany star took a whack o



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