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France's Paire, who has a career-high ranking of 18, lost in the opening round in Paris for the first time since 2011. Nadal was largely happy, saying: "I'm always at the start, happy for the victory". Chasing a "Decima" or 10th crown at the French Open , Nadal also progressed in straight sets over a less predictable foe, Benoit Paire, 6-1 6-4 6-1.
  • Amla and Tahir star in South Africa's victory over Sri Lanka

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    Amla became the sixth batsman and first from South Africa to score 25 or more hundreds in One-day worldwide cricket. Pradeep, back for a second spell, finally accounted for du Plessis for 75 thanks to a spectacular diving catch by Dinesh Chandimal at midwicket.
  • Pakistan will do something out of the box against India: Sarfraz

    Pakistan will do something out of the box against India: Sarfraz

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    It was being speculated that Kumble's contract wasn't renewed because players demanded a new coach. A sell-out crowd is expected at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham - a city with one of the largest Asian populations in Britain - while the worldwide television audience for Sunday's match could run into the billions.
  • Champions League final: Mario Mandzukic had no business scoring this absurd goal

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    Real Madrid's 60 million pounds offer overshadows the 18 million pounds that the club paid for the Spanish Number one goalkeeper in 2011 and also overshadows the transfer record fee for any goalkeeper in the world. Just 7 minutes later, the Italian champion came back to equalize with a brilliant bicycle kick by Croatian representative Mario Mandžukić - scoring one of the best goals in the history of the Champions League final.
  • Real Madrid repeats as Champions League victor

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    After Mario Mandzukic scored an incredible first-half equalizer with an audacious overhead kick, Real didn't let the Italians get away from them. Cristiano Ronaldo capped his greatest year by helping Real Madrid become the first Champions League holder to retain its title, showcasing his enduring scoring qualities in a 4-1 victory over Juventus on Saturday.
  • Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli and Co Arrive in London

    Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli and Co Arrive in London

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    Since an abysmal group stage exit at the 2015 ICC World Cup, Eoin Morgan's men have won seven out of their past 10 ODI series, and in the process, played an attacking brand of cricket. "For us as cricketers, it is just another game". Kohli may be the star of the team these days, but expects his seniors Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni to flourish in the tournament.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo breaks UNBELIEVABLE Champions League record

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    Buffon celebrated wildly when Mario Mandzukic superbly cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener in a thrilling first half against Real Madrid. The UEFA Champions League 2017 comes to an end and it's Real Madrid who clinched the trophy in the end by defeating Juventus 4-1 in the final.
  • Lee Jenkins: Warriors over Cavaliers in 5

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    The NBA website (NBA.Com) notes “no team has made more 3-pointers than Cleveland with a play-off average of 14.6 pts. a game. That's why a historic 12-0 playoff start won't mean much if it doesn't culminate in a crown. "It has, just not as frequently as I want". It can be boiled down to six words - Kevin Durant is now a Warrior. The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in.
  • Cavs focus on improving physicality for Game 2

    Cavs focus on improving physicality for Game 2

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    Good thing Rihanna was in the house. It's impossible to work in practice against the pace of Golden State, and Cleveland didn't handle the transition game almost well enough. While countless bloggers and journalists have shared their thoughts on the Finals , Hayward provided unique perspective, having been swept by the Warriors in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs this season.
  • Murray beats Del Potro in straight sets

    Murray beats Del Potro in straight sets

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    Later, del Potro got anti-inflammatory pills from a doctor to help with a bothersome groin muscle, although he said his biggest issue was Murray. Rivals since their junior days, Murray and Del Potro have far too much respect for each other these days to be antagonists.