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Ashleigh Barty reacts after winning against Amanda Anisimova. Ashleigh Barty reacts after winning against Amanda Anisimova. Yoan Valat-EPA

Ashleigh Barty, Marketa Vondrousova to meet in Roland Garros final

Ashleigh Barty reached her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros on Friday, coming back from a set and 0-3 down to defeat 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3 in a rollercoaster semi-final.
Steve Simon was critical of the move to kick women’s matches off Chatrier (Picture- Getty Images)

WTA slams Roland Garros as women semi-finalists denied centre court

Is it sexism? Women’s Tennis Association boss Steve Simon is wondering why French Open organizers have scheduled both of the women’s semi-finals away from centre court, while the men are allowed to play there.
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Billie Jean King: Johanna Konta playing better than ever

American tennis great Billie Jean King said on Wednesday she thinks Johanna Konta is playing “the best” she has in her career so far.
Naomi Osaka congratulates Katerina Siniakova after the Czech player’s fourth-round win. Martin Bureau-AFP-Getty Images

Naomi Osaka crashes out of Roland Garros, ending bid for third successive slam

World number one Naomi Osaka’s hopes of winning a third successive Grand Slam ended Saturday when she was knocked out of the French Open in the third round by unheralded Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.
Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech would have chosen to bow out in a game against Chelsea and will be determined to beat his old club in the Europa League final, despite being linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba consoles Petr Cech after Europa League loss to Chelsea

Didier Drogba has sent a message of consolation to his former teammate Petr Cech after Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the final of the Uefa Europa League on Wednesday.
Eighth seed Petra Kvitova powered past local hope Ashleigh Barty to make the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday in the Czech’s best Grand Slam performance since she was injured in a terrifying knife attack.

Petra Kvitova pulls out of French Open with injury

Czech sixth seed and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova withdrew from Roland Garros on Monday with a left arm injury.
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic shakes hands at the net after her straight-sets victory over Johanna Konta. Clive Brunskill-Getty Images

Karolina Pliskova sweeps past Johanna Konta to win Italian Open

Czech fourth seed Karolina Pliskova swept past Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Italian Open on Sunday.
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Joel Obi escapes death in Turkey

Nigeria international Joel Obi will have course to glorify the name of God for the injury that kept him out of his Turkish side Aytemiz Alanyaspor’s clash against Kayserispor as some of his teammates were involved in a ghastly accident while returning from the match last weekend.
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Josef Sural shirt number retired by Aytemiz Alanyaspor after death in bus crash

Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor have retired the number 90 shirt in honour of Czech Republic striker Josef Sural, who died in a bus crash on Sunday.
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Minifootball association seeks support to host tourney for Oyo governor-elect

The Minifootball Association of Nigeria (MAN), Oyo State Chapter has sought the support of Oyo State Government and football enthusiasts for the game towards harnessing its benefits.
A sign that was damaged by fire is seen in a burnt forest near Boadella, at Emporda area in the Spanish province of Girona, July 24, 2012. Two big forest fires raging in the border area between France and northern Catalonia in Spain since Sunday have killed a fourth person, local authorities said on Monday, as strong winds hindered efforts to control the blaze. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN – Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

Forest fires blight Europe amid drought fears

Weather experts warn of drought in Europe over its summer as firefighters tackled forest fires on Thursday, and farmers fretted over wilting crops and a repeat of 2018’s arid conditions.
Raheem Sterling paid tribute to Damary Dawkins after scoring for England against Czech Republic at Wembley. Shaun Brooks-Action Plus via Getty Images

Raheem Sterling pays funeral costs for Crystal Palace youth player Damary Dawkins

Raheem Sterling will cover the funeral costs for Crystal Palace youth player Damary Dawkins.
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Minifootball association seeks support to host tournament in Nigeria

The Minifootball Association of Nigeria (MAN), Oyo State Chapter, has sought the support of Oyo State Government and football enthusiasts to harness the benefits of the game.
Arsenal’s Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey celebrates after scoring the team’s third goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on October 7, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS - AFP)

Aaron Ramsey in Italy rehearsal ahead of Juventus move

Aaron Ramsey will get an advance taste of life in Italy as Arsenal look to finish off Napoli in Thursday’s return leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie, ahead of his summer move to Serie A giants Juventus.

West Ham to ban fans for life over anti-Semitic video

West Ham fans identified in a video chanting anti-Semitic slogans will be barred for life, the Premier League club said on Sunday.
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Naomi Osaka maintains lead over Halep in WTA rankings

Japan’s Naomi Osaka maintained a slender lead over Romanian Simona Halep at the top of the WTA rankings released on Monday.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 28/ Simona Halep of Romania plays a point against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during day 11 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium on March 28, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Simona Halep closes on world number one Osaka

Simona Halep cut the gap to world number one Naomi Osaka in the WTA rankings on Monday after the Romanian made the semi-finals at the Miami Open last week.
Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus runs after the ball during the friendly football match between the Czech Republic and Brazil at the Sinobo Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on March 26, 2019. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR - AFP)

Gabriel Jesus brace hands Brazil 3-1 win in Czech Republic

Substitute Gabriel Jesus scored twice in the closing minutes to help Brazil come from behind to beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in a friendly in Prague on Tuesday.

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Brazil’s Arthur injured in pre-Copa America friendly

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