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South Africa claim series whitewash

BULAWAYO: Opener Quinton de Kock smashed 84 as a weakened South Africa crushed Zimbabwe by seven wickets to complete a whitewash in their three-match ODI series at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo yesterday.

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TOTTENHAM SEAL COMEBACK WIN

PARIS: Tottenham Hotspur closed in on a place in the group stage of the Europa League last night after coming from behind to win 2-1 away to AEL Limassol in Cyprus in their play-off first leg.

Kvitova enters semis

NEW HAVEN, Conn.: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open with a 6-4, 6-1 win yesterday over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

NEW TEEN QUEEN

GOLD COAST, Australia: Katie Ledecky enhanced her status as swimming's new teen queen with two victories in less than an hour on the opening day of the Pan Pacific championships yesterday.

Red Sox fall to Angels

BOSTON: The Los Angeles Angels beat Boston 8-3 on Wednesday to extend their lead in the American League West, and saw their nearest divisional rival beaten, yet still had cause for concern after losing pitcher Garrett Richards to a nasty knee injury.

McIlroy struggles in opening round

PARAMUS, New Jersey: Rory McIlroy's bid for a career first FedExCup title got off to a rocky start yesterday as he shot a three-over par 74 in the first round at The Barclays, the opening tournament of the four-event playoffs.

Lavillenie's 20-win streak ends in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM: Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie suffered a surprise defeat at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting yesterday, just five days after the Frenchman wrapped up a third consecutive European title.

Bahrain ready for Budapest event

SUPREME Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) president and Bahrain Olympic Committee chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and SCYS first vice-president and Bahrain Athletics Association president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa along with the Bahrain team will participate in the Hungarian Ironman Championship that will start tomorrow in Budapest.

Hosszu claims treble as Carlin wins stunning 800m in Berlin

BERLIN: Jazmin Carlin launched herself into the upper realms of distance swimming with victory in the 800 metres freestyle while "Iron Lady" Katinka Hosszu won three medals on a night of quality racing at the European Championships yesterday.

Referee admitted blunders says All Blacks coach

AUCKLAND: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen yesterday said referee Jaco Peyper admitted a series of blunders during last week's record-denying Test draw with Australia - but added it was no excuse for his team's poor performance.

Djokovic faces difficult draw at US Open

NEW YORK: Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was handed a danger filled path to the final of the U.S. Open and a possible showdown with number two Roger Federer after yesterday's draw for the season's final grand slam.

Isner pulls out of Winston-Salem Open

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.: Top-seeded John Isner has withdrawn from his Winston-Salem Open quarterfinal against Lukas Rosol on Thursday because of a sprained ankle.

Djokovic still favourite to win title says McEnroe

NEW YORK: Roger Federer is the form player going into next week's U.S. Open but Novak Djokovic is favourite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John McEnroe.

England players urged to move abroad

LONDON: England manager Roy Hodgson has urged his young international players to move abroad and enrich their football experience rather than sit on the substitutes' bench at Premier League clubs stacked full of overseas signings.

Ronaldo fit to play Super Cup

BARCELONA: Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid today, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed yesterday.

Di Maria wants to leave Real Madrid

MADRID: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that midfielder Angel di Maria has asked to leave the European champions before the end of the transfer window.

Chopra joins Kerala Blasters in India League

MUMBAI: Former Newcastle striker Michael Chopra's Indian origin made him a top pick as he was bought quickly by Kerala Blasters yesterday in the international player draft of the Indian Super League.

Australians arrive in Zimbabwe

HARARE: The Australia cricket team arrived for its first tour of Zimbabwe in a decade yesterday, promising to play hard and shrugging off questions over the trip.

All eyes on Hamilton and Rosberg

SPA, Belgium: All eyes will be on Mercedes at the Belgian Grand Prix as the increasingly tense rivalry between championship leader Nico Rosberg and teammate Lewis Hamilton resumes following a summer break.


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