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Federer poised for record Wimbledon triumph

Twelve months after shutting down his season in the wake of a devastating semi-final defeat, Roger Federer returns to Wimbledon as favourite to capture a record-breaking eighth title and become the tournament’s oldest champion. The evergreen Swiss, who turns 36 in August, has stunned the critics who wrote him off as yesterday’s man when he […]

New Zealand Black Caps out for revenge against Australia cricket

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AUCKLAND (AFP) – New Zealand will seek revenge against an understrength Australia in the one-day series beginning in Auckland on Monday after a humiliating whitewash in the return fixture last year. Australia dominated the Black Caps 3-0 to hoist the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in December and coach Mike Hesson said his team were keen to make amends on […]

Rampant Durant helps Warriors silence Thunder

January 18, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0, right) dunks the basketball past Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Kevin Durant terrorized his former team for the second straight time on Wednesday, pouring in a season-high 40 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 121-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant, who left the Thunder as a free agent in the off-season and dropped 39 points on them in November, […]

Man Utd dethrone Real Madrid as cash kings

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LONDON (AFP) – Manchester United’s relative failure on the pitch has not been reflected off it as for the first time in over a decade they top Deloitte’s Football Money League for revenue in the 2015/16 season. United — who were last on top in the 2003/04 campaign — earned record revenue of 689m euros (£515.3m, $736m) […]

India’s Dhoni says split captaincy doesn’t work

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NEW DELHI (AFP) – Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Friday he quit as India’s limited overs skipper last week because a split captaincy was not right for the country’s cricket team. Dhoni, 35, led the team to victory in both ODI and T20 World Cups during his decade-long stint and was India’s most successful limited overs skipper. But […]

Sri Lanka show resolve in South Africa Test after early wicket

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JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Dimuth Karunaratne was out in the first over of the Sri Lankan innings after South Africa were bowled out for 426 on the second day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. Sri Lanka were 46 for one at tea, with Kaushal Silva and Kusal Mendis showing resolve after […]

Murray, Kerber top seeds at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE (AFP) – World number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were named the top seeds on Thursday for next week’s Australian Open with organisers aligning with the current rankings. Scotland’s Murray is chasing his first title at Melbourne Park after losing in the final five times, including in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 to Serb rival […]

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

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ZURICH (AFP) –  FIFA’s ruling council on Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, with a format of 16 groups of three nations. “The FIFA Council unanimously decided on a 48-team as of 2026: 16 groups of 3 teams,” a tweet from FIFA’s official account said. The decision marks […]

Aussie tennis player gets seven-year ban for corruption

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SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian tennis player Nick Lindahl was Tuesday banned for seven years and fined US$35,000 over corruption allegations with two others also sanctioned, just days out from the first Grand Slam of the year. Lindahl, who reached a career-high ranking of 187, was found guilty of contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an […]

$640mn boost forecast for 48-team World Cup

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ZURICH (AFP) –  Increasing the World Cup from 32 teams to 48, as proposed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, would generate an additional $640 million (605 million euros), according to a confidential FIFA report seen by AFP on Friday. An expanded tournament with 48 countries, featuring 16 groups of three teams, starting with the 2026 edition, […]