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Seeded players who won first-round matches included No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, No. 17 Elena Vesnina of Russia, 20th-seeded Coco Vandeweghe of the United States and No. So in a matter of 72 hours, Sharapova the underdog is suddenly an unexpected favorite, and one with an easy road to the semifinals. Sharapova gave a much less assured performance than she had against Halep, but when she was struggling in the second set the crowd got behind the ...
  • Defending champ Kerber down a set at US Open

    Defending champ Kerber down a set at US Open

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    Titles in Eastbourne, Doha and Brisbane, and semi-finals in Miami, Indian Wells, Cincinnati and the French Open topped out a year that also boasted quarter runs in Toronto, Rome and the Australian Open . Osaka surrendered a 5-1 third set lead on the same court in losing to Madison Keys 12 months ago. Earlier on Arthur Ashe Stadium, world No.1 Karolina Pliskova's secured her place in the second round with a straight sets 6-2 6-1 victory over 72nd ranked Pole Magda Linette.
  • New York Yankees benched Aaron Judge at the flawless time

    New York Yankees benched Aaron Judge at the flawless time

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    He's batting.260 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 76 games and is a great defensive outfielder. NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he did not hear anything about the appeals of the four-game suspension for C Gary Sanchez and the two-game ban for C Austin Romine.
  • Davis insists Van Dijk remains popular member of Southampton squad

    Davis insists Van Dijk remains popular member of Southampton squad

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    Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte are expected to be extremely active during the final days of the window and van Dijk would obviously be a sensational signing if either club could get a deal agreed. Liverpool withdrew their interest in signing Van Dijk earlier this summer after Southampton asked the Premier League to consider allegations of an illegal approach, but, crucially, Van Dijk's desire to move to Anfield - and Klopp's wish to see him in the heart of his defence - has never changed.
  • Patrick Roberts: I persuaded Man City over Celtic return

    Patrick Roberts: I persuaded Man City over Celtic return

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    It's great to be back and I can't wait to get going again. "Obviously, a few fans were getting frustrated and I'm just glad it's all sorted and I can kick on for the rest of the season". Celtic have landed an exciting draw that will see them take on Bayern Munich , Paris St Germain and Anderlecht in the group stage. "I know some of the great players who have worn it in the past and I will wear it with pride".
  • Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford agree on contract extension

    Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford agree on contract extension

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    Detroit reached the play-offs last season with a 9-7 record to finish second in the NFC North, the third time in six years they have reached the post-season. Stafford has averaged 28 touchdown passes per season over that span. He has led the Lions to three playoff appearances and made the Pro Bowl in 2014.
  • Remorseful Ramsey apologises for insipid Arsenal display

    Remorseful Ramsey apologises for insipid Arsenal display

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    Arsenal's defeat, coupled with last week's 1-0 loss at Stoke City , means they are six points behind league leaders Manchester United after only three matches of the 2017-18 season. Still, listening to him get increasingly irate over a performance of a team he has no connection with was entertainment in itself. "But you can see the difference those three players make".
  • Astros moving series to Florida due to Hurricane Harvey

    Astros moving series to Florida due to Hurricane Harvey

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    The Rangers offered to play this week's series in Arlington while providing all revenue - minus expenses - to the Astros. According to Astros president Reid Ryan , the team approached the Rangers about swapping their home series against each other.
  • Thomas not a Cavalier yet

    Thomas not a Cavalier yet

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    While the best package the Cavaliers have yet to receive, following Thomas' concerning physical, the Cavaliers are looking for more from their Eastern Conference rivals. One source involved in the medical clearance process told ESPN that, "It's a very sensitive situation ". "And so there's going to be a showdown between these two teams that may extend over a couple more days".
  • Tottenham 1-1 Burnley: Chris Wood nets late to secure for Clarets

    Tottenham 1-1 Burnley: Chris Wood nets late to secure for Clarets

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    And Pochettino was eager to avoid any talk of "curses" at their temporary home venue. "But we gave them the chance to score and for me that is tough to accept". "The Champions League is the best competition in the world with the Premier League and we're all excited to play". But after Harry Kane , who has failed to score in 13 Premier League appearances in August during his career, wasted a string of chances, Wood came up with a priceless leveller for his side, who defeated ...
  • Davinson Sanchez On Bench - Tottenham Hotspur Team vs Burnley Confirmed

    Davinson Sanchez On Bench - Tottenham Hotspur Team vs Burnley Confirmed

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    But battling Burnley refused to accept a first away defeat and new signing Wood marked his first taste of top-flight football with the Clarets with a clinically-taken equaliser two minutes into added time . Midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who missed the last game with a tight hamstring will be back in the lineup while Sandro Ramirez remains sidelined with a heel problem.