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  • Lazio demand fans repay Fascist salute fine

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    Lazio demand fans repay Fascist salute fine

    ROME, Jan 21 — Italian Serie A side Lazio has ordered 16 fans caught making Fascists salutes at a home game to contribute to paying a fine imposed by Uefa over the incident....

  • Solskjaer rejects Neville criticism as Rashford begins recovery

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    Solskjaer rejects Neville criticism as Rashford begins recovery

    MANCHESTER, Jan 21 — Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has contradicted former team-mate Gary Neville by saying today United are on the “right track”. Outspoken...

  • Nadal in the pink as Sharapova hits all-time low at Australian Open

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    Nadal in the pink as Sharapova hits all-time low at Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — Top seed Rafael Nadal turned on the style as he launched his bid for a record-equalling 20th Major title at the Australian Open today, but falling star Maria...

  • Kyrgios shines for Australia after bushfire disaster

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    Kyrgios shines for Australia after bushfire disaster

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — Australia’s Nick Kyrgios put his country’s bushfire disaster behind him and gave home fans something to cheer about with a first-round win at the...

  • Canada’s Auger-Aliassime says staying positive despite Australian Open exit

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    Canada’s Auger-Aliassime says staying positive despite Australian Open exit

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — Teenaged Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime says he is not losing confidence in his game despite bowing out in the first round of the Australian Open today with...

  • Sorry we made you cry, Napoli captain tells young fan

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    Sorry we made you cry, Napoli captain tells young fan

    ROME Jan 21 — Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne has apologised to a nine-year-old fan after the team’s dismal performance in a 2-0 home defeat by Fiorentina on Saturday made the...

  • Family to mark Sala’s anniversary in ‘quiet contemplation’

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    Family to mark Sala’s anniversary in ‘quiet contemplation’

    LONDON, Jan 21 — The death of Cardiff forward Emiliano Sala in a plane crash a year ago will be marked by his family today in “private, quiet contemplation of their loss”,...

  • Halep braves falls, sore wrist to make winning Melbourne start

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    Halep braves falls, sore wrist to make winning Melbourne start

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep survived a couple of tumbles and a sore wrist before surging into the Australian Open second round today. The...

  • Man United charged by FA over players’ misconduct in Liverpool defeat

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    Man United charged by FA over players’ misconduct in Liverpool defeat

    LONDON, Jan 21 — Manchester United have been charged by the Football Association (FA) over misconduct of their players in the 2-0 defeat by runaway Premier League leaders...

  • ‘Visual pollution’ and the Grand Slim: Australian Open briefs

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    ‘Visual pollution’ and the Grand Slim: Australian Open briefs

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — Brief stories from the Australian Open today: Stomach for a fight Britain’s Dan Evans insists he’s in good nick after coming through a five-set epic at...

  • Qatar, Fifa publish World Cup rights pledges

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    Qatar, Fifa publish World Cup rights pledges

    DOHA, Jan 21 — Qatar and Fifa published today the first jointly issued legacy planning strategy ahead of a football World Cup, with pledges on labour and LGBT rights alongside...

  • Holder Osaka faces Zheng before possible meeting with Gauff

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    Holder Osaka faces Zheng before possible meeting with Gauff

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — World number four Naomi Osaka will continue her Australian Open title defence with a clash against China’s Zheng Saisai, while Roger Federer and men’s...

  • Let them drink, let them shout — Aussie Millman loves a rowdy crowd

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    Let them drink, let them shout — Aussie Millman loves a rowdy crowd

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — Stefanos Tsitsipas has called on his army of fans to show a little more respect to his opponents at the Australian Open, but for local hopeful John Millman...

  • Nadal not focused on Federer’s Grand Slam record

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    Nadal not focused on Federer’s Grand Slam record

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — Rafa Nadal would love to add more silverware to a bursting trophy cabinet at the end of the Australian Open but says beating Roger Federer’s record of 20...

  • Sharapova uncertain over Australian Open return after first-round loss

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    Sharapova uncertain over Australian Open return after first-round loss

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 ― Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova admitted she does not know if she will be back at the Australian Open next year after suffering a first-round...

  • Thiem's confidence building as he targets Slam breakthrough

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    Thiem's confidence building as he targets Slam breakthrough

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 ― World number five Dominic Thiem cruised into the Australian Open second round today, with his confidence growing as he targets a Grand Slam breakthrough. The...

  • Jayson Tatum scores 27 as Celtics upset Lakers

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    Jayson Tatum scores 27 as Celtics upset Lakers

    BOSTON, Jan 21 ― Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown added 20 apiece, and the Boston Celtics overwhelmed the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 139-107 last...

  • Vekic ousts wildcard Sharapova in Australian Open first round

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    Vekic ousts wildcard Sharapova in Australian Open first round

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 ― Maria Sharapova's faltering career hit a fresh low today when the five-time Grand Slam champion was turfed out in the first round of the Australian Open in...

  • Djokovic thanks Ivanisevic for tips after flurry of aces

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    Djokovic thanks Ivanisevic for tips after flurry of aces

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 ― Defending champion Novak Djokovic said he had been taking tips from serving maestro Goran Ivanisevic after he hammered down a series of aces in his first-up...

  • Premier League wobbles leave top four chase wide open

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    Premier League wobbles leave top four chase wide open

    LONDON, Jan 21 ― Chelsea remain in pole position to claim fourth spot in the Premier League and a return to the riches and prestige of the Champions League next season. However,...

  • Russia, heat cloud Tokyo 2020 Olympics with six months to go

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    Russia, heat cloud Tokyo 2020 Olympics with six months to go

    TOKYO, Jan 21 ― Uncertainty over Russia's participation for the third consecutive Olympics and concerns over the heat hang heavy over Tokyo 2020 preparations, with only six...

  • Second seed Pliskova starts Melbourne title tilt with win

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    Second seed Pliskova starts Melbourne title tilt with win

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 ― World number two Karolina Pliskova barrelled into the Australian Open second round today as she chases her first Grand Slam crown. The 27-year-old Czech...

  • British number one Konta felled by Jabeur at first hurdle in Melbourne

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    British number one Konta felled by Jabeur at first hurdle in Melbourne

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 ― British number one Johanna Konta tumbled out in the first round of the Australian Open today with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 defeat at the hands of Tunisia's...

  • Cavani’s desire to leave PSG sparks Lampard interest

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    Cavani’s desire to leave PSG sparks Lampard interest

    LONDON, Jan 21 ― Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani's desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain has stoked the interest of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, who has bemoaned his players'...

  • Liverpool still not interested in title talk, says Robertson

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    Liverpool still not interested in title talk, says Robertson

    LIVERPOOL, Jan 21 ― Andy Robertson says Liverpool will not think about winning the Premier League title until it is mathematically certain, saying the players remain determined...

  • Nadal launches bid to equal Federer's Slams record

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    Nadal launches bid to equal Federer's Slams record

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 ― World number one Rafael Nadal will launch his campaign to equal Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam titles when he plays Hugo Dellien at the rain-hit...

  • Mbappe dreams of 'Champions League, Euro 2020 and Olympic treble'

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    Mbappe dreams of 'Champions League, Euro 2020 and Olympic treble'

    BAGNOLET (France), Jan 21 ― Kylian Mbappe says he is dreaming of helping Paris Saint-Germain win a first Champions League trophy this year, as well as leading France to the...

  • City boss Guardiola slams at 'unsustainable' schedule as injuries mount

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    City boss Guardiola slams at 'unsustainable' schedule as injuries mount

    LONDON, Jan 21 ― Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes some competitions in English football must be scrapped to protect the welfare of players and increase the quality...

  • New Club World Cup threatens football ecosystem, says La Liga chief

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    New Club World Cup threatens football ecosystem, says La Liga chief

    LONDON, Jan 21 ― La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned that Fifa's launch of a revamped and expanded Club World Cup in 2021 could trigger a damaging impact on domestic...

  • Keita double pilots Monaco into French Cup last 16

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    Keita double pilots Monaco into French Cup last 16

    PARIS, Jan 21 ― A first-half double from Keita Balde helped AS Monaco through to the last 16 of the French Cup today with a 3-1 win at fourth tier giant-killers Saint-Pryve...

  • Arteta and Lampard coy on transfers ahead of Arsenal-Chelsea derby

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    Arteta and Lampard coy on transfers ahead of Arsenal-Chelsea derby

    LONDON, Jan 20 — Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta kept his transfer cards close to his chest and said today that the club were not close to signing new players in the January...

  • Talking points in European football this weekend

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    Talking points in European football this weekend

    PARIS, Jan 20 — Barcelona won their first game under Quique Setien, Erling Braut Haaland enjoyed a dream debut with Borussia Dortmund and Juventus ominously extended their lead...

  • Man Utd goalkeeper Romero escapes unhurt from car crash

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    Man Utd goalkeeper Romero escapes unhurt from car crash

    LONDON, Jan 20 — Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero escaped unhurt after crashing his Lamborghini on his way to training today, according to reports. Romero, 32, was...