Table-topping Multan round off home leg of PSL by handing Quetta first loss

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DUBAI: Italian Jasmine Paolini battled back from a set and a break down in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to win 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, secure her first WTA 1000 title, and spoil qualifier Anna Kalinskaya’s fairytale week. Kalinskaya had already written her name into the history books, beating world No.1 Iga … Read more

Green Falcons exit 2024 WAFF Women’s Championship after loss to Lebanon

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SAKHIR: Three-time world champion Max Verstappen gave his struggling rivals little hope for optimism ahead of the new Formula One season when he dominated the first day of winter testing on Wednesday. The Red Bull driver was more than a second faster than Lando Norris in a McLaren with Carlos Sainz, about to start his … Read more

Bayern Munich condemn racist comments at Upamecano after Lazio loss

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Al-Hilal came from behind to defeat Sepahan 3-1 in the first leg of their second-round clash in the Asian Champions League on Thursday. The Saudi Arabians had the better of a hard-fought contest but fell behind to the Iranian hosts when Ramin Rezaeian opened the scoring in the first half, before Malcom equalized just before … Read more

Wasteful Juventus jeered off the field after 1-0 loss to Udinese leaves title hopes in tatters

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LONDON: Conor Gallagher struck twice to condemn his former club Crystal Palace to a damaging 3-1 defeat on Monday and keep Chelsea in the hunt for European football next season. The injury-ravaged Eagles were on course for a huge win in their battle to remain in the Premier League when Jefferson Lerma’s long-range strike opened … Read more

Special counsel clears Biden on mishandling of classified documents, roasts him on memory loss

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Biden angrily pushes back at special counsel’s report that questioned his memory, handling of docs WASHINGTON: A special counsel report released Thursday found evidence that President Joe Biden willfully retained and shared highly classified information when he was a private citizen, including about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, but concluded that criminal charges were … Read more

Batters need to find rhythm, says Desert Vipers’ Alex Hales after 7-run loss to Sharjah Warriors

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Heartbroken Lebanese fans once again looking on as AFC Asian Cup knockout stage kicks off As eight Arab nations continue into the AFC Asian Cup’s round of 16, two have been left wondering what could have been. Oman’s exit was a surprise. The other was a heartbreakingly familiar occurrence. Lebanon’s experience at the 2023 AFC … Read more

US pushes for pause in Gaza as Israel suffers worst loss of soldiers

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DUBAI: On Jan. 11 South Africa asked the International Court of Justice at The Hague to rule on whether Israel’s ongoing military campaign in Gaza amounted to genocide. Israel responded by accusing the country of “functioning as the legal arm” of Hamas.  But South African support for the Palestinians is not a new phenomenon. For … Read more

US head coach Gregg Berhalter upbeat despite loss to Slovenia in friendly

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BARCELONA: Valencia ended Athletic Bilbao’s 14-game unbeaten streak across all competitions after edging the Basque club 1-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Striker Hugo Duro tilted the closely contested match at Mestalla Stadium in the hosts’ favor in the 61st minute when he outjumped Yuri Berchiche and headed in Jose Gaya’s cross to the … Read more

Jokic, Murray star as Nuggets hand Celtics first home loss

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ORLANDO: Outside of a great honeymoon to start 2023, Lydia Ko had a year she’d pretty much like to forget. She struggled mightily on the golf course after winning three times the previous season, and on several occasions left the 18th green at a tournament in tears. Ko, a 19-time LPGA Tour winner, two-time major … Read more

Atletico beat Real Madrid 4-2 in extra time to reach Copa quarterfinals a week after Super Cup loss

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MADRID: Atletico Madrid got the better of Real Madrid this time, beating their crosstown rivals 4-2 in extra time Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo Riquelme scored after a 2-2 draw in regulation to send Atletico to the last eight less than a week after they lost … Read more