• Halep, Ostapenko to clash for French Open title
Halep, Ostapenko to clash for French Open title

Jelena Ostapenko celebrated her 20th birthday in style on Thursday while blowing out the candles for her opponent. Bacsinszky - whose birthday was also Thursday; she turned 28 - employed all manner of strategies in a bid to throw off her opponent.

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  • Indo-Canadian pair of Bopanna-Dabrowski clinch French Open mixed doubles title
Indo-Canadian pair of Bopanna-Dabrowski clinch French Open mixed doubles title

In the second set, Groenefeld and Farah again went ahead early after breaking Dabrowski. The champion will be a first-time major victor while victory will also crown Halep as the new world No 1, replacing Angelique Kerber. "During match point the thought was to be aggressive". "We relaxed a little more in the second set, and we started playing ...

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  • Lionel Messi reiterates desire to finish his career at Barcelona
Lionel Messi reiterates desire to finish his career at Barcelona

According to BBC, Messi, who was runner-up to Real's Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d'Or, told the Barcelona website his goal is "to try to improve each season in regards to the last, and that is the aim for next season". Liverpool midfielder, Philippe Coutinho , is believed to be the source of debate between two of Barcelona's stars, Lione...

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  • Italy v England, match preview
Italy v England, match preview

Dewsnip said: 'The players managed to deliver the game plan perfectly. Dimarco is one of the players the Three Lions must be careful of in Jeonju as is striker Riccardo Orsolini , the Juventus owned player who now plies his trade at Serie B side Ascoli.

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  • New England Patriots Sign Julian Edelman to Contract Extension
New England Patriots Sign Julian Edelman to Contract Extension

Edelman tore apart defenses and totaled for 21 receptions, 342 yards, and a touchdown. The Patriots also signed veteran receiver Andrew Hawkins in free agency, and added another playmaking tight end, Dwayne Allen, through a trade. He'll lead a unsafe receiving corps in 2017 slated to include Rob Gronkowski , Brandin Cooks , Chris Hogan , Malcol...

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  • Djokovic stunned by Thiem at French Open
Djokovic stunned by Thiem at French Open

Defending champion Novak Djokovic was sensationally knocked out of Roland Garros after he lost in straight sets to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. This will be Nadal's 10th trip to the French Open semifinals. Rafael Nadal barely broke a sweat to reach the French Open semifinals as fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta quit ...

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  • US Open spot on the line to select few at St. Jude
US Open spot on the line to select few at St. Jude

The move, which is aimed at trying to improve pace of play, had been mooted earlier in the year by chief executive Martin Slumbers. This allows for the pros to mingle with their celebrity counterparts, including former Memphis Tiger and National Basketball Association star Anfernee Hardaway, as well as NASCAR drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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  • England thrash New Zealand to surge into semis
England thrash New Zealand to surge into semis

After this victory England became the first side to qualify for the semi-finals. Joe Root's 64 and an unbeaten 61 from Jos Buttler guided England to a total of 310 all out in Cardiff before New Zealand were bundled out for 223.

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  • Title-chasing Thiem gears up for tough Nadal test
Title-chasing Thiem gears up for tough Nadal test

The 31-year-old has dropped just 22 games through five matches, bettering his previous low of 25 en route the last four in Paris in 2008. The Serbian second seed was second best throughout to powerful-hitting Thiem, losing 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 0-6 in Paris .

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  • Murray and Wawrinka sweep into French Open last 16
Murray and Wawrinka sweep into French Open last 16

Del Potro, playing in his first French Open since 2012, was hoping to keep improving his form after injuries early in the air. Murray broke right away to begin the second and although the 2016 runner-up gave it back at 5-4, he eventually took the set 7-5.

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  • Dominic Thiem has huge potential: Rafael Nadal
Dominic Thiem has huge potential: Rafael Nadal

Thiem will clash title favourite Nadal after destroying defending champion Novak Djokovic , while 2015 champion Wawrinka will square off with last year's runner-up Murray on the other side of the draw. And in a match that quickly got away from him Wednesday, second-seeded defending champion Novak Djokovic was bounced out of the French Open i...

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  • Nadal reaches French Open semis as Carreno Busta retires
Nadal reaches French Open semis as Carreno Busta retires

Nadal advanced when his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta , stopped in the second set because of an injured abdominal muscle. The other men's quarter-finals scheduled for later on Wednesday: 2016 runner-up Murray against No 8 Kei Nishikori , and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka against No 7 Marin Cilic .

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  • Golden: Durant's dominance has made NBA Finals a mismatch
Golden: Durant's dominance has made NBA Finals a mismatch

One victory left for the Golden State Warriors to claim another title. Thompson led the NBA Finals with 27 offensive rebounds a year ago but this year has been a non-factor. "And you are talking two of the greatest players that we got in this world locked in the way they are, that's why we're up 2-0". Dozens of records have fallen as the tea...

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  • Warriors dismiss 16-0 chatter, focused on Game Three
Warriors dismiss 16-0 chatter, focused on Game Three

If not for their meltdown a year ago, the Warriors , whose record-setting 73-win season got lost in the Finals aftermath, would be looking for a third straight crown. Kevin Durant drained a big 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left and scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of postseason perfection and payback by rallying t...

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  • Warriors set to make their claim as NBA's best ever
Warriors set to make their claim as NBA's best ever

Kevin Durant , Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors will be able to make that boast if they win Friday to complete the most impressive postseason run in major sports history. Turning Point - The third quarter had been Cleveland's Achilles' heel through the first two games of the 2017 Finals. But despite the chilly weather, Clevelanders wer...

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  • No result again gives Australia hopes a cold shower
No result again gives Australia hopes a cold shower

Having scored 83-1 from 16 overs, Australia only needed to play for four more overs to be eligible to win via the Duckworth-Lewis rule for rain-affected games. "They were pretty fiery in the nets", Smith said of his bowlers. "We are all a lot happier with where we are, especially Josh (Hazlewood ) and I not playing through the IPL period, to g...

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  • Lexington student advances in Scripps National Spelling Bee
Lexington student advances in Scripps National Spelling Bee

A minimum of 29 points was required to make it to the finals. She nailed transpicuous Wednesday in the third preliminary round. This year's competition has already made headlines in March because of the 5-year-old super speller Edith Fuller , who became the youngest contender ever at the nationals.

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  • Kevin Durant's menacing defense leads the way for Warriors
Kevin Durant's menacing defense leads the way for Warriors

The Warriors leaned on an 11-0 run late in the game to pull the rug on the defending champions. "You understand the journey and how much of the energy it took from a mental and physical standpoint in order to come back from something like that", said Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving .

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  • Kuwait tries to mediate crisis between Qatar, Arab nations
Kuwait tries to mediate crisis between Qatar, Arab nations

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday Qatar tensions are "not new" and the messgae to Qatar was handled through proper "diplomatic channels". Qatar long has denied funding extremists, although Western officials have accused it of allowing or even encouraging funding of Sunni extremists like al-Qaida's branch in Syria, once known as t...

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  • Tiger Woods 'asleep at the wheel' of stopped auto before arrest
Tiger Woods 'asleep at the wheel' of stopped auto before arrest

He speech was "slow and slurred", but there were no odors reported during the arrest . Woods last played at the Dubai Desert Classic in February, withdrawing after shooting an opening-round 77. Woods is due to appear in a Palm Beach courtroom on July 5 to answer the DUI charge. Woods' current sponsors - including Nike, Bridgestone and Monste...

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  • Australia chasing 183 victory target for win vs Australia
Australia chasing 183 victory target for win vs Australia

He said Australia were only four overs away "and they could have won even if they did not score a single run in those four overs". Both sides will take a point, with England still top of the group. Mitchell Starc was particularly sharp as he took 4 for 29. He grabbed three wickets from the 43rd over, including that of Iqbal. "When he first...

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  • NBA 2K17 Predicts Epic NBA Finals And Winner
NBA 2K17 Predicts Epic NBA Finals And Winner

January saw the NCAA National Championship rematch between unbeaten defending champion Alabama vs. Clemson. Each major North American sports league has now had a "Threepeat" championship round, the NHL between Detroit and Montreal from 1954-56, the NFL from 1952-54 between Detroit and Cleveland in the pre-Super Bowl era, and Major League Baseba...

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  • 'Happy' Bale aims for more trophies at Real Madrid
'Happy' Bale aims for more trophies at Real Madrid

Ronaldo scored twice on Saturday when Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the final , becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League era. But Bale was reduced to the role of bit-part player after recent injury problems, sent on for only the final 13 minutes at the National Stadium of Wales with the game already won.

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  • Penguins Halfway Home To The Stanley Cup
Penguins Halfway Home To The Stanley Cup

The floodgates are open in Pittsburgh . At the very least, he needs to go to a place where Jake Guentzel doesn't exist. Evgeni Malkin extended Pittsburgh's lead to 4-1 just 15 seconds later, beating Rinne with a wrist shot during a two-on-one.

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  • Former Penn State president gets jail time in Paterno scandal
Former Penn State president gets jail time in Paterno scandal

Spanier was ordered Friday to spend at least two months in jail and another two on house arrest for endangering children by failing to report signs that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children. Penn State has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, settlements and other costs associated with the scandal, and the football program ...

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  • Cavs not looking to slow down pace of Finals with Warriors
Cavs not looking to slow down pace of Finals with Warriors

James wouldn't reflect on how being down 2-0 this year feels compared to last year. Durant said he learned how important defense was during his first go-round in the playoffs, when he played for Oklahoma City. "Defensively, now he has to do a lot more ", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue explained when asked to assess Irving so far. "Their offence is ...

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  • Benintendi hits 2 HRs to help Red Sox beat Orioles 7-3
Benintendi hits 2 HRs to help Red Sox beat Orioles 7-3

There were just four occasions during his first season with the Red Sox that matched what Price managed this time around, giving up one or fewer earned runs while going as many as seven innings. Chris Davis poked a single into left field to score Joey Rickard and Manny Machado , tying the game at two. "Yeah, I mean it sucks", Benintendi said...

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  • Where's Margaret Court Arena?
Where's Margaret Court Arena?

It seemed someone at the internet mapping service changed the name of Margaret court Arena in Melbourne following the tennis star's controversial comments about marriage equality and the LGITB community. And I think the Evonne Goolagong Arena has a great ring to it, ' Navratilova wrote in an open letter published by Fairfax. Australian PM, Ma...

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  • England expect to end drought in Champions Trophy
England expect to end drought in Champions Trophy

Bangladesh suffered a similar top-order collapse here to England's capitulation against South Africa on Monday, finding themselves six for 22 in the eighth over. The sensor can be attached to any cricket bat to generate data for each individual player. De Villiers' South Africa will begin their campaign against Angelo Mathews-led Sri Lank...

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  • Baylor T&F competing in Outdoor Championships beginning Wednesday
Baylor T&F competing in Outdoor Championships beginning Wednesday

Florida junior KeAndre Bates (8.15m-w), who was third at the 2016 NCAA Championships, Texas A&M junior Will Williams (8.09m) and Florida freshman Grant Holloway (8.04m-w) are the front-runners. Aragon has the fastest personal record in the field, 4:08.71 in earning bronze at the World Under-20 Championships past year, and the speed and power to con...

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