Pele backs Brazil to win sixth World Cup | Sports


Pele won three World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970 RIO DE JANEIRO: Footballing legend Pele said that Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup in Russia, four years on from their humiliation on home soil. Five-time winners Brazil were thrashed 7-1 in the 2014 semi-finals by eventual champions Germany at the Maracana, but Pele, considered one ...

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Halep survives date with Destanee in opening round


MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep flirted with another early exit from the Australian Open and suffered an ankle injury before rallying to reach the second round with a 7-6(5) 6-1 victory over local teenager Destanee Aiava on Tuesday. The Romanian top seed was almost blown off the court by the big-hitting 17-year-old Melburnian in the opening stanza, ...

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Arsenal plot shock swap deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Alexis Sanchez nears exit | Football | Sport


Arsenal look set to lose Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United as the two clubs near a £35million deal for the attacker. Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could move in the opposite direction as part of the transfer. But Arsene Wenger wants to strengthen his squad further and would offer Olivier Giroud to the German outfit ...

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Injury rules out Pakistani opener Imam-ul-Haq from Hamilton ODI | Sports


Pakistan’s opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq sporting a bandaged finger here at a stadium in Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand. Lakhani HAMILTON: Pakistani batsman Imam-ul-Haq was dropped from the fourth one-day international (ODI) match against New Zealand being played here early Tuesday morning due to an injury in his left index finger, which hampers with his grip on the bat. “Imam ...

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LeBron James says Trump has emboldened racists in the U.S.


(Note language that may offend some readers in fourth paragraph) By Rory Carroll (Reuters) – Basketball star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers said on Monday President Donald Trump has emboldened racists in the United States and urged the country not to allow itself to be divided along racial lines. “The guy in control has given people and racism … ...

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Transfer news LIVE updates: Sanchez deal agreed, Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona | Football | Sport


Transfer news live updates: All the latest gossip and rumours regarding Europe’s top clubs Monday January 15 Ronaldo ‘fed up’  20:05: Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘seriously fed up at Real Madrid’, according to former Sky Sports pundit Richard Keys. However, he is unsure if a return to Manchester United could be on the cards. “Ronaldo is a very unhappy boy, but ...

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South Korea’s speed skaters face tough competition on home ice


(Reuters) – Picking up medals on the fast ice of the Gangneung Oval at the Winter Olympics could be a tall order for South Korea’s speed skaters, according to Dutchman Bob de Jong, who is assistant coach of the hosts’ national team. A long-distance specialist with four Olympic medals including gold in the 10,000m in Turin in 2006, De Jong ...

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Real Madrid news: Cristiano Ronaldo wants Manchester United return due to broken promise | Football | Sport


The Portugal international collected his fifth Ballon d’Or award last month and is regarded as one of the world’s best ever players. He has stated on numerous occasions that he would like to end his career at Real, where he has written his name into club folklore over the past eight-and-a-half years. Ronaldo is currently tied down in Madrid until ...

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Stephens tumbles out in first round, Ostapenko impresses | Sports


Jelena Ostapenko storms into second round of Australian Open 2018 MELBOURNE: The stark contrast in form between last year’s two first-time grand slam champions continued as Sloane Stephens was bundled out in the first round of the Australian Open, while Jelena Ostapenko stormed into round two on Monday. American Stephens enjoyed a fairytale run to win the U.S. Open last ...

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