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Australian Open 2019: Maria Sharapova sets up mouth-watering Caroline Wozniacki showdown

Maria Sharapova continued her marauding form by handing out a 6-2 6-1 thrashing to Sweden's Rebecca Peterson to set up a blockbuster third-round showdown with holder Caroline Wozniacki.

La Liga Roundup: Barcelona make most of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla dropping points

Barcelona's 2-1 win vs Getafe allowed them to open up a five-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid who drew 1-1 with third-placed Sevilla. Real Madrid lost 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad.

Daniil Medvedev beats Milos Raonic to reach semifinals in Brisbane

Daniil Medvedev will next play 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Alex de Minaur 6-4, 7-6 (2).

US Open 2018 | Umpires strike back: Match officials mull boycotting Serena Williams, forming a union

Upset with ITF’s delay in defending Carlos Ramos, match officials mull boycotting Serena Williams, forming a union.

Football friendlies: Pepe scores on 100th appearance as Portugal hold Croatia; Wesley Sneijder retires in win

Brazilian-born Pepe, handed the captaincy for the match, levelled 14 minutes later with a thumping header from Pizzi's cross.

Indonesia intends to bid for 2032 Olympics

Tokyo will host the next Summer Olympics in 2020, with Paris holding the 2024 Games and Los Angeles confirmed as hosts for four years later.

US Open 2018: Serena Williams matches her easiest win over Venus in rout, Sloane Stephens fends off Victoria Azarenka

Serena Williams had won 6-1, 6-2 over sister Venus by same score in a semifinal victory in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2013.

Sevilla vs Barcelona: Lionel Messi wins record 33rd title as Barcelona win Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen secured the win when he saved a penalty kick from Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder in the 89th minute.

Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

The fight spilled into the area behind the baseline and video showed a chair being thrown at the back of an Australia player either by a fan or member of the Philippines team staff.

ICC approves stricter sanctions for ball-tampering

Tougher punishments for ball-tampering have been on the cards since incidents during this year's third test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town.

Currently Jos Buttler better than MS Dhoni in white-ball cricket, says Tim Paine

Jos Buttler scored 275 runs in the England-Australia with three not-outs including scores of 91*, 54* and 110*. England won the series 5-0.

Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic eases to opening win at Queen’s

The 33-year-old Swiss, Stan Wawrinka, ranked 261 in the world after two knee surgeries, served solidly throughout a one-sided contest.

Malaysia appoints ethnic Indian as new attorney general

Tommy Thomas is the first non-Malay to take the post of attorney-general since Malaysia was formed in 1963.

Real Madrid throw away 2-0 lead to draw final league game against Villareal

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale's goals were cancelled out as Villareal managed a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid.

Petra Kvitova outplays Angelique Kerber to send Czech Republic into Fed Cup final

Kvitova, twice Wimbledon champion, struck 24 winners in a 6-2 6-2 victory over Kerber as the Czechs booked their place in the final for the sixth time in eight years.

Formula One warned to take breakaway threat seriously, urged to work together to avoid split

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said that Formula One teams have a responsibility to try to overcome their differences over the future of the sport.

FA Cup: Pedro’s header takes Chelsea forward; Manchester United to face Spurs in semi-final

Manager Antonio Conte, knowing this is his last chance of a trophy this season, must hope the victory is an omen. The previous three times Chelsea have knocked Leicester out, in 1997, 2000 and 2012, they won the competition.

Fire at scrap market in Mumbai

The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained and further details were awaited.

US embassy in Zimbabwe tells staff to stay home due to ‘political uncertainty’

Soldiers were deployed across the Zimbabwe capital Harare and the state broadcaster was seized on Wednesday after President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party accused the head of the military of treason

Antonio Conte hands Jose Mourinho third straight losing return to Chelsea

Alvaro Morata's winner helped Antonio Conte hand Jose Mourinho a third successive losing return visit to Chelsea with Manchester United.

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