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Djokovic, Nadal and Serena primed for Paris openers PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic, record nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and women's title-holder Serena Williams begin their French Open campaigns on Tuesday with the forecast far more promising after a rain-hit first two days at Roland Garros.Three-time Roland Garros finalist Djokovic will embark on another quest to complete a career Grand Slam with Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun, the world number 95, his first-round opponent on Court Philippe Chatrier.The Serb has won four of the last five majors with his only failure in that timeframe a four-set defeat to an inspired Stan Wawrinka in last year's Paris final."I got ten matches out of two weeks, which is maximum I could get out of Madrid and Rome, and it was a perfect way of getting the match play that I needed before French Open," said Djokovic, who warmed up for the tournament by winning a record 29th Masters title in Spain a ...

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Lowry, DeRozan star as Raptors stun Cavs to tie series MONTREAL: Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored more than 30 points each as the Toronto Raptors withstood a ferocious Cleveland Cavaliers fightback to level their Eastern Conference final series on Monday with a 105-99 victory.Lowry scored 35 points while DeRozan weighed in with 32 as Toronto completed a victory that leaves the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 with three games to play.The win continues a remarkable transformation in fortunes for Toronto, who had lost the ...

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Argentina to bid to stage 2027 Rugby World Cup BUENOS AIRES: Argentina will bid to stage the 2027 Rugby World Cup, the government said on Monday after President Mauricio Macri held a meeting with new World Rugby vice-chairman and former Pumas captain Agustin Pichot. Argentina, a growing power in the game who have reached the World Cup semi-finals at two of the last three tournaments, will make an official bid in October when organisers visit the South American country. "The decision is in line ...

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Argentina set for 2027 World Cup bid BUENOS AIRES: Argentina's President Mauricio Macri said Monday the South American country wanted to bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2027."The decision is in line with the objective of promoting major sporting events that could attract tourists and investment and stimulate the development of infrastructure projects that benefit the country," said Macri after a meeting with former Argentina captain Agustin Pichot, the future vice-president of World Rugby.The next edition of the Rugby World ...

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Scotland win London Sevens LONDON: Scotland won their first World Rugby Sevens Series event as they defeated South Africa 27-26 at Twickenham on Sunday.The Scots had never been to a Sevens Series final before and looked destined for defeat when they trailed 26-15 in the closing stages.But two late tries scored by Dougie Fife, with the second coming after time had expired, delivered a historic success for Calum McRae's team.They set up the showdown with the Blitzboks earlier in ...

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Nibali ready to bite into Kruijswijk lead BRESSANONE: Former champion Vincenzo Nibali said he is ready to bite into his deficit to Giro d'Italia leader Steven Kruijswijk on his way to stopping the Dutchman making history in Turin next Sunday.Lotto team leader Kruijswijk is poised to become the first Dutch winner of the three-week Italian race after stretching his overall lead on pre-race favourite Nibali to nearly three minutes.Nibali (Astana), nicknamed 'Lo Squalo' (The Shark), was in second place at only 41secs ...

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Bordeaux's South African scrum-half Adams to retire BORDEAUX: Former South Africa international scrum-half Heini Adams announced on Monday that he will retire from rugby union at the end of the season.The 35-year-old is currently playing for Bordeaux-Begles in the French Top 14, and is hoping to help them win a first national title.They currently sit just one point outside the sixth and final playoff spot with two regular season games remaining.Adams has been a key player for Bordeaux since joining in 2010 ...