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  • Roger Federer wins Halle opener on return to grass
    HALLE, Germany, June 14 (AP) — Roger Federer returned to the court with a win over qualifier Ilya Ivashka on Monday as the Swiss player chases his 11th Halle Open title after withdrawing from the French Open to prioritize the grass-court season. Federer held serve throughout in a 7-6 (4), 7-5 win over his Belarusian opponent but didn’t break until the last game of the match. Federer is now 69-7 in career matches in Halle, his favored warmup for Wimbledon. Five of hi
  • French Open champ Krejcikova 15th in singles, 1st in doubles
    June 14 (AP): French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova’s twin titles at Roland Garros earned jumps in the WTA rankings to No. 15 in singles and No. 1 in doubles. The women’s and men’s rankings released Monday determine which players are eligible to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, which start next month. Each country can send as many as four women and four men in singles, and 17-year-old Coco Gauff rose two spots to a career-best No. 23, which makes her the fourth-hig
  • Tsitsipas says his grandmother died just before French final
    PARIS, June 14 (AP) — French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas said Monday his grandmother died just before he played the final at Roland Garros against Novak Djokovic. Tsitsipas posted on social media that his “very beloved grandmother lost her battle with life” five minutes before he entered the court Sunday for his first Grand Slam title match. He thanked her for raising his father and called her a “wise woman whose faith in life, and willingness to giv
  • Schick scores from way out, Czechs beat Scots 
    GLASGOW, June 14 (AP): Patrik Schick spotted the goalkeeper off his line, launched a looping shot from just inside the halfway line, and gave his team a two-goal lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Schick scored both goals for the Czech Republic on Monday in a 2-0 victory over Scotland at the European Championship. But it was his second goal that will be talked about for years to come. Scotland lost possession when a shot was blocked and the ball fell to Schick. The Bayern Leverku
  • Break after first two sets helped me bury self-doubts: Djokovic
    Paris, June 14 (IANS) World No. 1 Novak Djokovic attributed his comeback in French Open final from two sets down to winning the title to a small break that helped him bury self-doubts. After losing the first two sets 6-7(6), 2-6, the Serb left the Court Philippe-Chatrier for a break and returned a changed player as he downed fifth-seed Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his second title at Roland Garros as well as his 19th Grand Slam title. Djokovic won the last three sets -- 6-3, 6-2,
  • Netherlands, Austria, England start with wins in Euro 2020
    Amsterdam, June 14 (IANS) Gritty Ukraine bounced back from two goals down but Denzel Dumfries's late winner helped the Netherlands snatch a 3-2 win on home soil in Euro 2020 on Sunday. The third match-day also saw Austria overpower North Macedonia 3-1 and England down Croatia 1-0. The Dutch, also known as 'Elftal' assumed control from the starting whistle, and they should have got the opener early in the game but Memphis Depay, Dumfries and Georginio Wijnaldum lacked
  • Williamson likely to be fit for WTC final vs all-round India: Latham
    Southampton, June 14 (IANS) New Zealand opener Tom Latham has said that captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling are recovering well and is confident the duo will be available for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India from June 18 at the Hampshire Bowl. "They are recovering reasonably well. It was important for them to get a bit of rest and be fully fit heading into the next week, so I am sure they will go through the fitness testing protocol
  • Get set, play late to score in England: Rahane
    Southampton, June 14 (IANS) India Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has said that batsmen need to get set and play late to score runs in England. India play the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand from June 18 here at the Hampshire Bowl and a five-Test series against England in August-September. "You say as a batsman you always like challenging situations and conditions. England is a place where if you are set, it (the pitch) becomes very good for bat
  • Brazil opens Copa America with 3-0 win over Venezuela
    SAO PAULO, June 14 (AP) — Brazil kicked off a Copa America tournament that has been opposed by some members of its own team with a 3-0 win over Venezuela on Sunday. Marquinhos, Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa scored in the opener at Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, less than a day after several Venezuelan players tested positive for COVID-19. South American soccer’s governing body, CONMEBOL, chose Brazil as host less than two weeks ago, despite its alarming COVID
  • Choreographed move gives Colombia 1-0 win at Copa America
    CUIABA, Brazil, June 14 (AP) — A surprising choreographed move gave Colombia a 1-0 win against Ecuador on Sunday in its first match of Copa America. Edwin Cardona was the scored the winner at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá in the 42nd minute of a tense game. The decisive moment started when midfielder Cardona took a free kick close to the edge of the Ecuadorian penalty box. Instead of shooting, he exchanged three short passes with Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, who moved the
  • Djokovic tops Tsitsipas in 5 at French Open for 19th major
    Paris, June 13 (AP): Talented and tenacious as they come, Novak Djokovic was not about to concede a thing after dropping the first two sets of the French Open final against his younger, fresher foe, Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic looked diminished and depleted at the outset Sunday. By the end, he was at his imperious best. The top-seeded Djokovic came all the way back to beat the fifth-seeded Tsitsipas 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 for his second championship at Roland Garros and 19t
  • Barbora-Katerina clinch French Open women's doubles title
    Paris, June 13 (IANS): No.2 seeded Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova on Sunday clinched their second French Open women's doubles title, beating No.14 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA and Iga Swiatek of Poland 6-4, 6-2 in the final here. The final lasted one hour and 14 minutes at Court Philippe-Chatrier. Barbora and Katerina have now won three Grand Slam women's doubles titles in their careers. In 2018, they had triumphed here for their first doub
  • New Zealand win 2nd Test, clinch series in England after 22 years
    Birmingham, June 13 (IANS): New Zealand defeated England by eight wickets in the second Test on Sunday and won the two-match series 1-0 - their first series triumph in England in 22 years. The win pushed New Zealand back to the No.1 spot in Test rankings. The win is New Zealand's first at Edgbaston in five attempts, and is only their sixth out of the 56 Tests they have played in England. Set a target of 38 to win on the fourth day, after England were all out for 122 in their
  • Aussie McKeown breaks 100m backstroke world record
    Canberra, June 13 (IANS): Australian teenager Kaylee McKeown has smashed the women's 100m backstroke world record, according to Swimming Australia. McKeown, 19, swam the event in 57.45 seconds at the Australian Swimming Trials in South Australia (SA) on Sunday night, beating the previous record of 57.57, reports Xinhua. She qualified for the event at the Tokyo Olympics alongside Emily Seebohm.  
  • Lukaku sends message to Eriksen as Belgium wins at Euro 2020
    St. Petersburg (Russia), June 13 (AP) Romelu Lukaku delivered a heartfelt message to Denmark player Christian Eriksen after scoring the first of his two goals in Belgium''s 3-0 win over Russia on Saturday at the European Championship. After swivelling to shoot into the bottom corner in the 10th minute, Lukaku headed to a television camera and grabbed it with both hands, saying, "Chris, Chris, I love you." Lukaku plays for Italian team Inter Milan alongside Eriks
  • Finland beats Denmark at Euro 2020 after Eriksen''s collapse
    Copenhagen, June 13 (AP) Joel Pohjanpalo scored and Lukas Hradecky saved a penalty to give Finland a 1-0 victory over Denmark on Saturday in a European Championship game overshadowed by Christian Eriksen''s collapse on the field. The game was suspended for about 90 minutes after Eriksen needed urgent medical treatment near the end of the first half before being taken to a hospital. The Danish soccer federation said Eriksen was awake and in stable condition. "Of cours
  • Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen is 'awake and is undergoing further examinations'
    Copenhagen, June 12 (AP): Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen was taken to a hospital Saturday after collapsing on the field during a match at the European Championship. The governing body of European soccer said Eriksen has been stabilized and the Danish soccer federation said he was awake. "Christian Eriksen is awake and is undergoing further examinations at Rigshospitalet," the Danish federation wrote on Twitter. The Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland wa
  • Christian Eriksen collapses during Denmark-Finland game at Euro 2020; match suspended
    Copenhagen, June 12 (AP):  The European Championship game between Denmark and Finland was suspended Saturday after needed urgent medical attention on the field near the end of the first half. Eriksen was given treatment for about 10 minutes after collapsing on the field before being carried off on a stretcher. UEFA then announced the game had been suspendedChristian Eriksen "due to a medical emergency." A stadium announcer asked fans to stay in their seats until
  • Barbora Krejcikova wins 1st Grand Slam title at French Open
    Paris, June 12 (AP): Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova won her first Grand Slam title by beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the French Open final Saturday. This was only the fifth major tournament in singles for Krejcikova, a 25-year-old from the Czech Republic. She is the third unseeded women's champion in the last five years at Roland Garros.  Krejcikova now will try to become the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win the French Open singles and doub
  • Wales earn draw against Switzerland
    BAKU, June 12 (AP): With his head wrapped in bandages the same color as his red shirt, Keiffer Moore nodded in an equalizer to give Wales a 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Saturday at the European Championship. The goal off a cross from Joe Morrell in the 74th minute hinted that Wales could again be a surprise contender at Euro 2020, like it was five years ago when the team reached the Euro 2016 semifinals. For Moore, it was the biggest step so far in a long journey to soccer’