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World number two Naomi Osaka loses in Cincinnati Masters third round

Naom Osaka made 41 unforced errors in the match

World number two Naomi Osaka suffered a surprise third-round defeat to Swiss wildcard Jil Teichmann at the Cincinnati Masters.

The Japanese star, 23, lost 3-6 6-3 6-3 to the world number 76.

“I have high expectations of myself but there was nothing more I could do to win this match,” Osaka said.

Elsewhere, top seeds Daniil Medvedev and Ashleigh Barty are among the big names through to the quarter-finals in Cincinnati.

Russian world number two Medvedev beat Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-3 in the men’s draw.

He extends his winning streak

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Pedro: Forward makes controversial Lazio move from arch rivals Roma

Pedro made 137 appearances for Chelsea before moving to AS Roma in 2020

Spanish forward Pedro has completed one of the most contentious transfers in European football.

The 34-year-old has become the first player in 36 years to cross the Roman divide, signing for Lazio from arch rivals Roma.

The former Chelsea player has signed a two-year deal and will link up with former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri again.

Roma signed Pedro last summer on a deal to 2023, but have released him from his contract to complete the free transfer.

While new Roma manager Jose Mourinho has deemed Pedro

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Kai Havertz: ‘People are still homeless and I want to help’ – Chelsea midfielder on effect of German floods

Flood damage is still having an effect on residents in Germany – a month after they took place

Kai Havertz has packed a lot into the last 11 months since he joined Chelsea, but the recent floods in his native Germany have put it all into perspective and now he wants to help.

Leaving his homeland to join the Blues for £71m would be enough to digest for most 21-year-olds, but switching teams during a pandemic, being criticised for performances and then getting coronavirus made it a “difficult” start to English football.

Yet Havertz finished the club season with a

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FA Cup: 78,000 signatures and counting for campaigning non-league player

Kyle Mulholland suffered a cardiac arrest playing football at the age of 19

Astley Mulholland remembers the last conversation with his older brother before the phone call that changed everything.

“It was about my driving test which I was about to take. The next day he was dead.”

Kyle, a football-mad 19-year-old, was playing for five-a-side team Rice Lane Farm when he suffered a cardiac arrest at Walton Hall Park in Liverpool.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on 7 September 2005.

“If there had been the right equipment on site my brother may have survived,”

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Real Madrid deny reports club have looked into joining Premier League

Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez was – according to Spanish media reports – interested in a move to England’s Premier League

Real Madrid say reports the club have looked into leaving La Liga for the Premier League are “completely false, absurd and impossible”.

On Saturday, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivoexternal-link said Real had been “studying for weeks” the possibility of leaving Spain’s top flight.

It added that club president Florentino Perez’s favoured option was the Premier League but information had also been compiled on Serie A and the Bundesliga.

Real denied the reports in a statement.

They added that

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India vs England: Sunil Gavaskar bats for neutral umpires | Cricket News

LONDON: The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday gave a thumbs up to the quality of umpiring by the Englishmen in the ongoing Test series between India and England but said he would still prefer neutral umpires.
The ICC had made it mandatory to have one neutral umpire in a Test in 1994 before making it two for a match in 2002.
However, due to the travel restrictions with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had temporarily allowed home umpires to officiate in all the World Test Championships matches.
“I would still want to see neutral umpires because after you exhaust
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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City manager challenges critics over club’s spending

Pep Guardiola handed £100m signing Jack Grealish his Manchester City debut in the Community Shield defeat by Leicester at Wembley last week

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has challenged the club’s critics to come up with the evidence if they believe the Blues are breaking Financial Fair Play rules.

Thirteen months after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned City’s two-year ban from European competition for breaching Uefa’s FFP rules, questions about the club’s spending are again being raised.

Guardiola defended City’s British record £100m signing of England midfielder Jack Grealish.

The Spanish manager insists the deal was only possible

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Harry Kane: Tottenham Hotspur striker continues stand-off with club

Kane has had a three-week break after helping England reach the Euro 2020 final

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has failed to report to the club’s training ground for a second day as the stand-off over his future continues amid interest from Manchester City.

It is anticipated the England striker, 28, will be fined for his absence.

Kane believes he has a gentleman’s agreement with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to leave the club this summer.

He is expected to return to the club by the end of the week and talks are anticipated between both parties.

The England captain did not

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Tokyo Olympics: Elaine Thompson-Herah completes unprecedented ‘double-double’

Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online; Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra and Sounds; live text and video clips on BBC Sport website and app.

Elaine Thompson-Herah confirmed her place among the pantheon of sprint greats as she secured an unprecedented women’s 100m-200m double-double with a sensational victory over the longer distance in Tokyo.

The 29-year-old Jamaican surged home in 21.53 seconds, just 0.19 seconds off Florence Griffith-Joyner’s long-standing world record, to back up her individual golds from Rio 2016.

It is

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