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England women up to third in Fifa world rankings

LONDON (Agencies): England have climbed to third in the Fifa women’s world rankings, overtaking France. Phil Neville’s Lionesses are behind the USA and Germany, while France – who will host the 2019 World Cup – drop down to fourth. Following their qualification for next year’s tournament, Scotland move up two places to 19th, their highest…

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Williams out of China Open draw

BEIJING (Agencies): American great Serena Williams was left out of the China Open tennis draw on Friday as reports said she’s called time on her season following her meltdown at the US Open. Williams’ name, along with that of her sister Venus, did not appear on a list of 64 players ahead of the tournament’s…

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Hamilton fastest as Vettel struggles in Russia

SOCHI (Agencies): Lewis Hamilton held a comfortable margin over title rival Sebastian Vettel in second practice for the Russian Grand Prix as Ferrari struggled for pace at the Sochi Autodrom. Hamilton’s fastest lap — a 1:33.385 — was 0.199s clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the timing screens and a whopping 0.543s…

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Umar Akmal’s future in PSL remains undecided

KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal’s future in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four remains undecided as the authorities finalise the players list for the draft. PSL season four draft is just around the corner and the committee featuring members of national selection committee Wasim Haider and Wajahat Ullah Wasti and PSL Head…

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Four Pakistani players make it to Asian Junior Squash Championship finals

F.P. Report KARACHI: Pakistan’s emerging squash players proved their dominance on Friday as four of them qualified for the finals of their respective age categories in Asian Junior Squash Championship in India’s Chennai. Pakistan’s future prospect Abbas Zeb, playing in U-19 category, outclassed top seed Siow Yee Xian from Malaysia in an intense competition. Zeb…

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Australia’s Short goes big with record double century

SYDNEY (Agencies): Western Australia opener D’Arcy Short clobbered 23 sixes in a blistering 257 against Queensland to register the highest score by an Australian in one-day cricket on Friday. The 28-year-old left-hander raced to his second List A hundred in just 83 balls before moving up a gear, needing just 45 more deliveries to go…

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Bangladesh ready to stun India in Asia Cup final today

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: The spirited Bangladesh team is all set to face the unbeaten Indian team in the final of Asia Cup on Friday (today). Bangladesh upset Pakistan by 37 runs in the last Super Four match in Abu Dhabi to book a place in the final for just the second time. Without their established…

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Record-setting PSG make it seven wins in seven

PARIS (Agencies): Paris Saint-Germain set a new club record on Wednesday when a 4-1 victory over Reims gave them a seventh win from seven games this season and an eight-point lead in Ligue 1. With a perfect 21 points, new coach Thomas Tuchel surpassed the previous best start of 19 points by predecessor Unai Emery…

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