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  • Fognini seals Sweden Open title

    July 23, 2018 12:00 AM 8

    BASTAD, Sweden: Italian Fabio Fognini, ranked 15 in the world, beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in Sunday’s ATP Swedish Open final in Bastad. It was the seventh career title for Fognini and, like the previous six, came on clay.It was also his second title of the season after Sao Paulo and confirmed that at 31 he is playing his best tennis

  • Iniesta’s Japanese debut falls flat in 3-0 reverse

    July 23, 2018 12:00 AM 10

    KOBE, Japan: Spanish legend Andres Iniesta’s Japanese debut ended on a flat note Sunday as Vissel Kobe crashed to an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat by J-League strugglers Shonan Bellmare. The former Barcelona playmaker came off the bench after 58 minutes with Kobe already trailing by two goals and, despite one or two trademark flicks, failed to inspire

  • Ozil defends controversial picture

    July 23, 2018 12:00 AM 6

    BERLIN: Footballer Mesut Ozil said Sunday he had no regrets about his controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany’s national squad ahead of the World Cup. Breaking his silence over the snapshot that caused outrage during the tournament, the Arsenal midfielder said in a statement

  • Tokyo unveils Miraitowa and Someity as 2020 mascots

    July 23, 2018 12:00 AM 7

    TOKYO: The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were named during a ceremony in the Japanese capital on Sunday. The Olympic mascot, a blue-checked pointy-eared figure, was named as Miraitowa — combining the Japanese words ‘mirai’, meaning future, and ‘towa’, which means eternity.The Paralympic counterpart, who is pink-checked and wears

  • Four share Barbasol lead after Lincicome misses cut

    July 23, 2018 12:00 AM 6

    WASHINGTON: Brittany Lincicome’s eagle and five birdies weren’t enough to see her into the final stages of the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship, where the stage was set with four players tied for the lead. Lincicome, her second round delayed until Saturday after storms twice halted play on Friday, carded a one-under par 71 at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville

  • Pakistan go down against Chinese Taipei

    July 23, 2018 12:00 AM 10

    KARACHI: Pakistan made a disappointing start when they went 1-3 down to Chinese Taipei in their Group E opener of the 19th Asian Men’s Under-20 Volleyball Championship at the Isa Sports City in Riffa, Bahrain, on Sunday. Pakistan’s juniors failed to live up to the billing, allowing their rivals to record an easy win in the 24-team event, which serves

  • Bancroft cleared of serious injury after being hit in throat

    July 23, 2018 12:00 AM 5

    SYDNEY: Former Australia opener Cameron Bancroft has been cleared of serious injury and released from hospital in Darwin after he nicked a delivery into his throat on Saturday. Bancroft, who was banned for nine months for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in the Test series against South Africa in March, has been playing in Darwin’s Strike League

  • BD crackdown to boost ailing Test squad

    July 23, 2018 12:00 AM 6

    DHAKA: Bangladesh plans to crack down on players who use “pretexts” to avoid playing domestic first-class cricket in an effort to boost its woeful Test squad, an official said Sunday. Bangladesh have won just 10 out of 108 games since getting Test status in 2000, losing six of their last seven, including a thrashing by the West Indies this month

  • Crazy Cat Lady favourite for opening race today

    July 22, 2018 12:00 AM 6

    LAHORE: Six races of the Fantastic Plate in class VI (two races) and four in class VII are going to be held at the Lahore Race Club on Sunday. Except for the fifth and sixth races, which are of 1000 and 1200 metres respectively, the others four are of 900 metres. Though each race has its own significance but with the length of distance and the field

  • Bosworth sets world best in 3,000m walk

    July 22, 2018 12:00 AM 3

    LONDON: Britain’s Tom Bosworth opened the London Diamond League meeting in style with a world outdoor best performance in the 3,000m walk on Saturday. Bosworth, a former circus performer, attacked the clock from the start and crossed the line at the London Stadium in 10 minutes 43.84 seconds, smashing the old outdoor mark of 10:47.11, set by Italy’s