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Kyrgios, Murray irked by Ronaldo boo-like chanting

Andy Murray called it "irritating" and Nick Kyrgios said it was "stupid" as confused players at the Australian Open had to deal with spectators giving them Cristiano Ronaldo's "siuu" celebration treatment. Football fans are used to seeing the Manchester United superstar launch into a mid-air pirouette before exclaiming "siuu" when …

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Raducanu ‘must absorb lessons’ to reach top

Emma Raducanu will reach the top level of women's tennis but first must absorb the lessons from her dizzying rise, says the director of a charity that helped fund her eye-catching journey. The British player stunned the sport by winning last year's US Open as an 18-year-old qualifier without dropping …

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Women’s tennis urges Peng Shuai to get in touch

Women's tennis needs to hear directly from Peng Shuai to know that she is safe, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka said Wednesday, as fears persist for China's former world number one doubles player. Previous Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion Peng alleged on social media in November that former …

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Azarenka wants no-jab, no-play rule in women’s tennis

Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka threw her support Wednesday behind a vaccine mandate on the women's tour, as tennis wrestles with the fall-out of the saga surrounding unvaccinated Novak Djokovic. The veteran Azarenka is a long-time member of the powerful WTA Players' Council, which is working through the challenges …

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Guardiola hails Man City’s mental strength

Pep Guardiola has praised the way his Manchester City players have dealt with adversity on and off the pitch after they strengthened their grip on the Premier League title race. City, who beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday, are 11 points clear of second-placed Liverpool after 12 straight league wins and …

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Chelsea won’t change approach for Lukaku: Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel said on Monday it would be wrong to change Chelsea's approach just to suit misfiring striker Romelu Lukaku, insisting the club are doing "everything to help him". The Chelsea boss voiced his frustration at Belgium forward and his other attacking players after the west London side's costly 1-0 …

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Iran sentences ‘boxing champion’ to death

Iran has sentenced to death a local boxing champion over his role in 2019 protests, activists said, expressing fear that another athlete risks execution after a wrestler was put to death. The death sentence issued against Mohammad Javad Vafaei-Sani comes just over a year after the execution of wrestling champion …

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China drops plans to sell Olympic tickets

China on Monday canceled plans to sell tickets to the public for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country reached its highest since March 2020. Organisers said last year there would be no international spectators at the Games — partly due to China's …

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Burnley lose players to Covid

Burnley's match against relegation rivals Watford on Tuesday has been postponed after the Premier League accepted the Clarets' request for a delay on the grounds they had fewer than the required number of players available. Burnley manager Sean Dyche, speaking at a press conference of Monday, said only 10 first-team …

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Cameroon joined by Burkina Faso in AFCON last 16

Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar scored his fifth goal of the Africa Cup of Nations and his already-qualified side were joined by Burkina Faso on Monday in the second round. The Saudi Arabia-based forward, who turns 30 on Saturday, put Cameroon ahead and substitute Garry Rodrigues equalised for Cape Verde after …

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