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Second seed Serena Williams beats Belinda Bencic

Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams progressed to the second round with a straight-set win over Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic. The American, 35, won 6-4 6-3 in one hour and 19 minutes against the 19-year-old in Melbourne on Tuesday. The world number two, who is chasing a record 23rd singles Grand Slam title, said she “has nothing to lose”.loading... “Every …

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Louis Van Gaal retires from coaching

An esteemed career has come to an end for Louis Van Gaal as the Dutchman calls time on his work inside football management. Active from 1991 until 2016, the former midfielder enjoyed great success on both the domestic and international scene and only took charge of six different teams across his many years as a coach. That’s a testament to …

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Juventus unveil controversial new badge

Arebrand initiative has taken effect at Serie A champions Juventus with the club announcing a new badge, although to a rather cold reception. The Bianconeri’s previous emblem had been in place since 2004, itself replacing a long-standing, similar predecessor which also featured the club’s zebra mascot in an oval shape. However, the new design is based around a minimalist ‘J’ …

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Milan recover from two-goal deficit to draw at Torino

AC Milan recovered from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw at Torino, who also missed a first-half penalty, as the visitors finished with 10 men in a dramatic Serie A game on Monday. Torino’s Andrea Belotti and Marco Benassi put the home side on top after 26 minutes but Milan got back on level terms by the hour …

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West Ham reportedly green light Payet sale

There are multiple contrasting reports circulating over Dimitri Payet’s future at West Ham United, with French media claiming that a 22 million euro bid from Marseille has been accepted. Effectively going on strike since the middle of last week, the midfielder is determined to force through a move to his old club although a 20m euro offer has already been …

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Alexis Sanchez admits to one million euro tax fraud

ACatalan court heard former Barcelona player Alexis Sanchez admit on Monday to defrauding the Spanish taxman of nearly one million euros in the years 2012 and 2013. A total of 983,443 euros was due on income the Chilean received from image rights, but he evaded paying that tax through a Maltese company named Numidia Trading. The current Arsenal player testified …

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Kenyan athletes welcome anti-doping initiative

Kenyan athletes on Monday backed a plan for a team of six internationally accredited doctors to take care of the country’s top-level runners and be responsible for examining samples in an effort to end a series of doping scandals. The doping cases threatened to derail Kenya’s participation in last year’s Rio Olympics, but its athletes were eventually allowed to compete …

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Black Stars defender Baba Rahman nears Chelsea

Ghana defender Baba Rahman may not return to Chelsea after his loan spell with Schalke following the decision of Antonio conte to hand his squad number to academy graduate Nathan Ake. Ake, 21, was recently recalled by Conte from a loan spell at Bournemouth to act as cover for first choice left wing-back Marcos Alonso. The Dutchman greatly impressed during …

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Ghana has not rejected AFCON 2017 training pitch in Gabon

The Ghana Football Association (GFA)has said that Ghana Black stars have just arrived in Port Gentile, the team base in Gabon for the 2017 AFCON tournament and contrary to reports have not rejected the training pitch allocated to them. GFA tweeted this on Sunday morning: #Ghana has not rejected #can2017 training pitch. Team arrived last night & yet to observe …

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Australian Open 2017: Andy Murray reaches second round

Britain’s Andy Murray won his first Grand Slam match since becoming world number one but was given a stern test by world number 95 Illya Marchenko. A clearly frustrated Murray was far from his best but reached the second round of the Australian Open with a 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 win over the Ukrainian. The Scot, attempting to win his …

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