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P&G gives bonus to USA stars

US multinational Procter & Gamble gave its backing to the United States’ women’s soccer stars in their fight for equal pay on Sunday, handing the team a $529,000 bonus following their World Cup win.

Jul 16 2019

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Wolves boss wants quality

Wolverhamp-ton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo said on Monday that he wants to add “quality not quantity” to his squad ahead of the new Premier League season.

Jul 16 2019

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Man City cleared to fly to China

Manchester City have finally been cleared to fly to China for their pre-season tour after two days of delays.

Jul 16 2019

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Caster Semenya vs IAAF: A ground-breaking gender test case

Caster Semenya’s battle with world athletics’ governing body over testosterone-curbing regulations for female athletes will likely have long-lasting ramifications for gender definition in sport as a whole.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Jul 16 2019

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Black Caps praise team but query cruel rules

Heartbroken New Zealanders expressed pride on Monday in the Black Caps’ fighting spirit after defeat to England in the Cricket World Cup final, but also bemusement at the obscure rules that cost them the match.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Jul 16 2019

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England mistakenly awarded extra run, says former umpire

England should have been awarded five runs instead of six in the final over of Sunday’s World Cup title clash against New Zealand after a throw from the deep struck Ben Stokes’ bat and ran away for a boundary, former umpire Simon Taufel has said.

REUTERS, Jul 16 2019

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Griezmann says Atletico outcry to Barca move a pity

French forward Antoine Griezmann said on Sunday that Atletico Madrid’s angry response to his transfer to La Liga rivals Barcelona is “a pity”.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Jul 16 2019

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Stokes revels in redemption story as England make history

Ben Stokes started England’s march to World Cup glory with a catch to remember and ended their historic campaign weeping tears of joy as win against New Zealand completed a personal tale of redemption.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Jul 16 2019

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Neymar returns to PSG training with future still up in the air

Neymar showed up for training at Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, according to French media reports, a week late and days after controversially claiming his best football memory was beating PSG when he played for Barcelona.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Jul 16 2019

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Belmadi salutes Algeria attitude in last-gasp win

Algeria boss Djamel Belmadi paid tribute to his team’s “great attitude and mental strength” as an injury-time freekick by Riyad Mahrez secured a place in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Jul 16 2019

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Jawalakhel knock out Army, enter semis

Jawalakhel Youth Club knocked out holders Tribhuvan Army Club in sudden death penalty shootout to enter the semi-finals of the Lalit Memorial U-18 football at the ANFA Complex in Satdobato on Monday.

Sports Bureau, Jul 16 2019

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More Tour de France joy for Impey

South Africa.n Daryl Impey added an individual stage win to his Tour de France happy memories when he prevailed at the end of a long breakaway from St Etienne on Sunday.

REUTERS, Jul 16 2019

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Frittelli wins to earn British Open spot

South African Dylan Frittelli secured the final spot in the British Open field when he won the John Deere Classic by two strokes in Silvis, Illinois, on Sunday.

REUTERS, Jul 16 2019

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Wimbledon champion Djokovic vows to win fans’ love

Novak Djokovic has vowed to convince fans that he is not public enemy number one even if he surpasses people’s champion Roger Federer as the greatest Grand Slam title winner of all time.
The world No 1 saved two match points to clinch a fifth Wimbledon title and 16th major on Sunday, shattering Federer’s bid to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in the longest final ever contested at the tournament. Despite being outplayed by the 37-year-old Swiss for large parts of the knife-edge encounter, the top seed emerged victorious 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3).
At four hours and 57 minutes, it was the longest Wimbledon final and the first to be settled by a final set tiebreak. Djokovic is the first man in 71 years to win the title from match points down, saving two in the 16th game of the deciding set. His major title tally is now just two behind Rafael Nadal and four off the all-time men’s Grand Slam record of 20 held by Federer.
Dhokovic has time on his side, being a year younger than Nadal and more than five years younger than the legendary Swiss. After Sunday’s epic triumph, Djokovic revealed he was able to turn the overwhelmingly pro-Federer, 14,000-strong Centre Court crowd in his favour by training his mind. “I like to transmutate it in a way: When the crowd is chanting ‘Roger’ I hear ‘Novak’,” said the 32-year-old Djokovic. “It sounds silly, but it is like that.”
He has spent the best part of his career in pursuit of Nadal and Federer and attempting to seduce fans sceptical of his character. For many he is viewed as too intense, too insincere, too calculating and prone to fads. Federer and Nadal, in comparison, are treated almost reverentially. “It’s hard to not be aware of the crowd. You have that kind of electric atmosphere, that kind of noise,” said Djokovic. “Of course, if you have the majority of the crowd on your side, it helps. When you don’t, then you have to find it within, I guess.” Djokovic insists he won’t get distracted by the pursuit of Federer’s record haul.


“Whether I’m going to be able to do it or not, I don’t know,” added Djokovic. “I’m not really looking at age as a restriction of any kind for me at least. What I said on the court, I really meant it: Roger really inspires me with his effort at his age. It just depends how long I’m going to play, whether I’m going to have a chance to make historic No 1 or Slams.”
When asked if he sees himself still playing at 37, Djokovic said the motivation to be treated with the same respect is strong. Eventually, hearing screams of “Let’s go, Novak, let’s go” will be more than welcome. Hopefully in five years’ time I can be hearing the same chants.”
Djokovic is by far the most consistent of the ‘Big Three’ at the Slams. Since the start of 2015, he has won nine of the 19 majors played with Nadal winning four and Federer three. The other three have been split between Stan Wawrinka (two) and Andy Murray (one).
On Sunday, Djokovic saved match points in the 16th game of the deciding set, which ran for over two hours and was settled by a 12-12 tiebreak for the first time in a singles match at the tournament. It was another display of stunning mental fortitude. He has been in similar predicaments in the past against Federer—saving two match points in both of his semi-final victories over the Swiss at the 2010 and 2011 US Opens.
“I just try to never lose self-belief, just stay calm, just focus on trying to get the ball back, return, which wasn’t serving me very well today.” said Djokovic. “But in the most important moments, all three tiebreaks I guess, I found my best game.” He was off the pace for large parts of the final, only carving out his first break points in the eighth game of the fourth set.Federer won more points in the match with 218 to 204, broke serve seven times compared to three, hit 25 aces to 10 and 94 winners to Djokovic’s 54. “I thought I could have played better. But the one thing that probably allowed me to come back and save match points and win this match was the mental stability,” admitted the champion.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Jul 16 2019

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