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Qatar says FIFA report vindicates integrity of 2022 bid

Qatar says FIFA report vindicates integrity of 2022 bid

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizers have welcomed a long-awaited FIFA report on the race to host the tournament, saying the conclusions represented “a vindication of the integrity” of Doha’s bid.

Pacquiao wants Horn knockout to lure Mayweather: Roach

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Manny Pacquiao is seeking a dominant win over Australia’s Jeff Horn to try and coax Floyd Mayweather Jr into a re-match, the Filippino’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach has said.

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Swimming: Ledecky punches ticket to worlds with 800m win

(Reuters) – Katie Ledecky qualified for next month’s world championships in style by winning the 800 meters freestyle in the year’s best time on the opening night of the U.S. National Championships on Tuesday.

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Ostapenko chases more Wimbledon glory as Kasatkina lurks

LONDON (Reuters) – ‘Can she do it again on grass?’ is a question fans and pundits are asking after 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko upset the established tennis order by winning the French Open last month.

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Five-set future up for debate in hashtag age

LONDON (Reuters) – The plaque on the wall of Court 18 at Wimbledon bears the legend The Longest Match. The 2010 encounter between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut that it commemorates, lasting 11 hours and 5 minutes and spread over three days, has passed into tennis folklore.

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Cycling: Undercooked Froome still tipped to be Tour's hottest rider

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) – Chris Froome may look far from his best and might say this year’s route does him no favors, but the Briton is the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth Tour de France crown next month.

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French/Wimbledon double still the ultimate challenge

LONDON (Reuters) – A lot has changed since tennis turned professional in 1968, from the color of the balls to players’ hairstyles and advances in racket and string technology.

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Hosts Russia face struggle to improve ahead of World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s early Confederations Cup exit has sparked a wave of concern among fans as the 2018 World Cup hosts scramble to avoid another embarrassment at next year’s finals.

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Planned Circuit of Wales suffers funding blow

LONDON (Reuters) – The developers of a proposed circuit in South Wales with a contract to host a MotoGP race suffered a major blow on Tuesday when the Welsh government ruled out underwriting half of the costs.

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Sixth America's Cup win may be last for New Zealand coach Jones

HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Murray Jones may be ready to call it a day on America’s Cup campaigns after scoring a sixth win in Bermuda as performance coach for Emirates Team New Zealand.

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