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Worryingly for England , man of the match Shai Hope was also talking about room for improvement between now and the third Test . While admitting "the surface didn't misbehave as much as we might have thought or liked", Root said there had never been any thought of trying to play for the draw once Brathwaite and Hope were settled.
  • US Open: Roger Federer survives scare but fitness doubts remain

    US Open: Roger Federer survives scare but fitness doubts remain

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    The teenager faced Federer for the first time in his career in the second round of this year's Miami Open and took the Swiss to a first-set tiebreak before losing 7-6 (2) 6-3. "If I am in semifinals, (I prefer that it) not (playing Federer). So I believe this is going to give me great confidence in the body and also in my game".
  • Federer Staves Off Upset in US Open

    Federer Staves Off Upset in US Open

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    On Tuesday, a kid reporter cum fan was at the US Open Tennis Tournament press conference where Roger Federer was addressing the media. Federer was full of praise for the gutsy Tiafoe in front of packed Arthur Ashe stadium . That was good. But because of the preparation being not the best that I've had, I think I was quite up and down. "My hope and belief is that it's only going to get better".
  • Sharapova looks to back up big win in battle with Babos

    Sharapova looks to back up big win in battle with Babos

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    She got 68 percent of her first serves in, compared to 56 percent in the first set, while her unforced error total dropped to 12. She'll face off against either Sofia Kenin or Sachia Vickery in the next round and has yet to oppose either player at a WTA event.
  • Manchester United remain interested in Thomas Lemar and could rival Liverpool - Castles

    Manchester United remain interested in Thomas Lemar and could rival Liverpool - Castles

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    Lemar was outstanding for Monaco last season, helping them to their first league title since 2000, notching up 14 goals and a whopping 17 assists in all competitions. That is what Liverpool did when they were given the chance to cash in on Coutinho, but are we really to believe that Barcelona have responded by attempting to ruin the Reds' hopes of securing Lemar? Keita, who will be a pivotal figure in Leipzig's maiden Champions League campaign this term, said his present team ...
  • Nick Kyrgios reflects on shock US Open first round defeat

    Nick Kyrgios reflects on shock US Open first round defeat

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    The mercurial 22-year-old player, one of the most gifted on the tour, lost 6-3 1-6 6-4 6-1 in NY against fellow Australian John Millman after hurting his right shoulder. "Even as the match progressed and his shoulder was causing him grief, he was sending down 136-mile-an-hour rockets". "I was playing basketball every day for two hours".
  • Hamilton talks at end of season

    Hamilton talks at end of season

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    Hamilton's current deal with Mercedes runs out at the end of 2018, but there has have been suggestions that he is eager to extend it for several years after that. "But good fun in the auto because I was waiting for him to maybe have an error, he was waiting for me to maybe have an error, an off". "I$3 never really had a chance, so maybe half a chance, quarter of a chance".
  • US Open: Federer beats Tiafoe in 5 sets

    US Open: Federer beats Tiafoe in 5 sets

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    The No. 3-seeded Federer , whose most recent of five championships at Flushing Meadows came in 2008, got broken in the first game and dropped the opening set of the topsy- turvy match. Two points later the American levelled the match as Federer , under pressure, netted a forehand. Tiafoe's take: "He won by the skin of his teeth". "I'm very excited playing here again".
  • US Open 2017: Federer Beats Tiafoe In 5 Set Thriller, Nadal Advances

    US Open 2017: Federer Beats Tiafoe In 5 Set Thriller, Nadal Advances

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    Federer had to battle 19-year-old Tiafoe all the way into the fifth set before finally clinching the first round encounter 4-6 6-2 6-1 1-6 6-4 in a long two and a half hour battle. I think Frances connected well. I was hoping to start better. "I was maybe a bit anxious from the beginning with my back issue, but eventually I was able to let go", said Federer .
  • Chelsea and Atletico Madrid yet to find Costa agreement

    Chelsea and Atletico Madrid yet to find Costa agreement

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    The striker's desire to move increased over the summer when boss Antonio Conte texted him to say he was no longer in the Blues' plans. Asked if he was pessimistic or optimistic on agreeing a deal, he added: "I am always optimistic". Everton and Las Palmas are two clubs that have enquired about taking Costa on loan until January, but the striker is not thought to be interested in a temporary return to England and is more interested in joining Atletico even if that means not playing for ...
  • Arsenal manager Wenger at risk of destroying his legacy

    Arsenal manager Wenger at risk of destroying his legacy

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    Reports have emerged this week that Arsenal's players are also disillusioned by Wenger's stale training methods following a worryingly below-par performance at Anfield at the weekend. "We got exactly what we deserved but I didn't expect to see such a listless (performance). the performance was bad". "I would like my teams to have the discipline that Jose has but also allow players to express themselves into that discipline like Arsene".
  • Ikechukwu Ezenwa fired up for Cameroon clash

    Ikechukwu Ezenwa fired up for Cameroon clash

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    He added: "The list of players makes the difference, not so young, more of experienced players". Super Eagles are top of the qualifying group, as they are unbeaten in two matches played so far. He featured at the 2007 Federation Internationale de Football Association U20 World Cup in Canada alongside the likes of Brown Ideye and Elderson Echiejile.
  • Swansea close to agreeing deal for Renato Sanches

    Swansea close to agreeing deal for Renato Sanches

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    Renato Sanches in action for Bayern Munich. Liverpool had recently dropped out of the race for Sanches, Kaveh Solhekol writing on social media that "Liverpool have dropped their interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches ".
  • Rollie Massimino, who led Villanova to '85 NCAA title, dies

    Rollie Massimino, who led Villanova to '85 NCAA title, dies

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    In 1985, he helped lead the Wildcats to a national championship victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in what's considered one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history. At Villanova he led the Wildcats to 11 NCAA tournament appearances in his 19 seasons at the helm. Once the news he has passed away surfaced, the school issued an emotional statement.
  • Sindhu & coach Gopichand felicitated by Telangana CM

    Sindhu & coach Gopichand felicitated by Telangana CM

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    After Saina's coach, Vimal Kumar, raised objections about television dictating scheduling of matches, Gopichand said that players need to get used to it. "But, it did not happen". She said getting adequate time for preparation helped her in the World Championship. We don't have much time between the tournaments.
  • NF Preseason Gambling: Minnesota's starters may see action vs

    NF Preseason Gambling: Minnesota's starters may see action vs

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    As you'd probably imagine, those things have not put a smile on coach Mike Zimmer's face with the regular season drawing closer by the minute. "I've made up my mind , but I haven't told the team yet or anything like that; I haven't told the coaches yet either", Zimmer said after Tuesday's practice.
  • Arrieta continues strong second half as Cubs beat Pirates

    Arrieta continues strong second half as Cubs beat Pirates

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    Arrieta has been locked in since the All-Star break, going 5-1 with a 1.78 ERA in eight starts. What a difference a year has made for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs know what they have in Jake Arrieta . The Pirates become the first major-league team ever to start a lineup comprised only of minority players: Rennie Stennett (2B), George Clines (CF), Roberto Clemente (RF), Willie Stargell (LF), Manny Sanguillen (C), Dave Cash (3B), Al ...