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Sharapova eases past Makarova into Stuttgart quarters

Sharapova eases past Makarova into Stuttgart quarters

BERLIN (Reuters) – Former world number one Maria Sharapova eased past fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-5 6-1 on Thursday to reach the Stuttgart Grand Prix quarter-finals and continue her winning comeback from a 15-month doping ban.

Defeat nothing to be scared of, Klitschko tells Joshua

LONDON (Reuters) – Wladimir Klitschko told IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defeat was “nothing to be scared of” at a packed news conference ahead of their sell-out title fight at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

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Levy takes China lead with a front nine assault

(Reuters) – China specialist Alexander Levy blitzed the front nine to post a spotless score of nine-under-par 63 to hold a slender advantage over Pablo Larrazabal on day one of China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club.

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Motor racing: Magnussen fears added dangers of cockpit 'shield'

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Danish driver Kevin Magnussen spoke out on Thursday against Formula One’s plans to introduce a transparent cockpit ‘shield’, warning that it could make racing more dangerous in wet conditions.

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Soccer: AFC charges Guangzhou for fans' 'British Dogs' banner

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s Guangzhou Evergrande have been charged by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after their fans unfurled a banner with the words ‘Annihilate British Dogs’ during their Asian Champions League match against Hong Kong’s Eastern on Tuesday.

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'Cheater' Sharapova should not be allowed to play again: Bouchard

(Reuters) – Canadian Eugenie Bouchard has lashed out at the WTA for giving Maria Sharapova the chance to compete in tournaments after serving a 15-month doping ban and said the Russian is a “cheater” who should never be allowed to play again.

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Soccer: Pachuca lift CONCACAF title after 1-0 win over Tigres

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A late goal from Franco Jara gave Pachuca a 1-0 win over Tigres on Wednesday and helped the Mexican side to their fifth CONCACAF Champions League title with a 2-1 aggregate victory.

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First African-born MLB player gets hit in debut

(Reuters) – Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Gift Ngoepe became the first African-born player to appear in a Major League Baseball game on Wednesday and marked his debut by getting a hit in his first at-bat.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona still neck and neck after big wins

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Real Madrid thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 6-2 to stay level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Wednesday after the Catalans crushed Osasuna 7-1, condemning the minnows to relegation.

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Golf: Thompson brought to tears discussing 'nightmare' LPGA penalty

(Reuters) – An unrepentant Lexi Thompson again broke down in tears while discussing the controversial penalty that upended her title bid at the year’s first major three weeks ago and has since led to an expedited rule change.

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