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Kaymer urges Europe captain to make Pieters a wildcard pick LONDON: Twice major winner Martin Kaymer has urged European captain Darren Clarke to pick Belgian Thomas Pieters on Tuesday as one of his three wildcard choices for next month's Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, Minnesota. Pieters is in red-hot form after winning the Made In Denmark event on Sunday, finishing second at the preceding Czech Masters and claiming fourth place at this month's Rio Olympics. "If I would be the captain he would be my pick for sure because he brings something special to the team," Kaymer told Sky Sports television after playing alongside the 24-year-old in the final round in Denmark. "Thomas hits the ball very far, is very good with the short game and obviously proved he can play under pressure very well." Kaymer won the 2010 US PGA Championship and 2014 US Open and has featured in the last three Ryder Cups, all won by Europe.The German has ...

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Serena's top ranking under threat at US Open PARIS: Serena Williams retains top spot in the WTA world rankings Monday heading into the US Open with Angelique Kerber snapping at her heals.The top 10 in the rankings remains unchanged but Kerber, just 190 points behind the American, is hoping to alter that at the last grand slam of the season starting in New York.Kerber had a chance earlier this month to unseat Williams at the Cincinnati Open but lost in a shock final ...

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All Blacks Crotty and Taylor to return from head injuries WELLINGTON: All Blacks inside centre Ryan Crotty and hooker Codie Taylor have been cleared to play for Canterbury in New Zealand's provincial championship this weekend before they return to the national side on Sunday.The players suffered head knocks in the All Blacks' Rugby Championship opener against Australia on Aug. 20.They missed the second game in Wellington last Saturday, though All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said they probably could have played if required but team management ...

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Djokovic, Nadal...Phil Collins kick-off US Open NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal get their US Open campaigns under way Monday in the shadow of Arthur Ashe Stadium's spectacular $150 million retractable roof and alongside rock music legend Phil Collins.Defending champion Djokovic and fellow two-time winner Nadal come into the season's final Grand Slam with injury concerns.World number one Djokovic, the 2011 and 2015 champion, admits he is "not 100 percent" after suffering a wrist injury on the eve of the ...

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Aubameyang nets twice as Dortmund win opener BERLIN: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has resumed his duel with Robert Lewandowski to be the Bundesliga's top scorer by netting twice in Saturday's 2-1 win over Mainz on the opening weekend of the new season.Aubameyang netted 25 league goals last season, finishing second to Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski's 30 in the scorers' charts, and the duo look set to lead the way again in 2016/17.Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in Bayern's 6-0 rout of Werder Bremen on Friday ...

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Rosberg beats Verstappen to Belgian poles SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS: Nico Rosberg bounced back and took full advantage of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's multiple penalties to grab pole position on Saturday for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.The 31-year-old German, who is 19 points behind three-time champion Hamilton in the title race, recovered from a mediocre showing in practice to produce a well-judged performance in a tightly-contested qualifying session."We've had a pretty difficult weekend up to now, especially this morning, so I am happy we ...

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Belgian Grand Prix grid SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS: The starting grid for Sunday's Belgian Formula One Grand Prix following the final qualifying session on Saturday:1st rowNico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes)Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull)2nd rowKimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari)Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari)3rd rowDaniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull)Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India)4th rowNico Hulkenberg (GER/Force India)Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams)5th rowJenson Button (GBR/McLaren-Honda)Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams)6th rowRomain Grosjean (FRA/Haas)Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Renault)7th rowEsteban Gutierrez (MEX/Haas)Jolyon Palmer (GBR/Renault)8th rowCarlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Toro Rosso)Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Manor-Mercedes)9th rowFelipe Nasr (BRA/Sauber)Esteban Ocon (FRA/Manor)10th rowDaniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso)Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber)11th ...