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Italy to monitor captain Parisse's World Cup fitness after surgery LONDON: Italy captain Sergio Parisse has undergone surgery to drain a blood clot in his left leg and his fitness will be monitored ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup, the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) said on Tuesday. The number eight had the procedure in Paris after sustaining bruising in Italy's defeat by Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, their final warm-up game before the global showpiece starts next week. Parisse, 31, has been capped 113 times by Italy and is a towering presence at the back of the scrum. "In the coming days we will broadcast updates on the recovery time of the player," the FIR said in a statement. Italy are also monitoring the fitness of centres Luca Morisi and Gonzalo Garcia who were both forced off with sprains against Wales. Italy are in World Cup Pool D along with Ireland, France, Canada and Romania. They open ...

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Federer seals spot in ATP Tour Finals LONDON: Evergreen Roger Federer has booked his place in the ATP World Tour Finals, joining world number one Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray as definites for the season-ending event in London. The Swiss guaranteed himself a 14th successive appearance at the ATP's flagship tournament when he swept past American John Isner into the US Open quarter-finals on Monday. The 34-year-old, playing some of the best tennis of his illustrious career, is a huge favourite in ...

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Pakistan to participate in Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will participate in the Commonwealth Youth, Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championships scheduled to be held at Pune, India from October 11 to 16.Pakistan team will take part in the championship in 62, 69, 77, 85, 94, 105 and +105 Kg weight categories.The federation approached Pakistan Sports Board for obtaining government NOC in this regard, says a press release issued here.Presently, national weightlifting training camp is in progress here at Pakistan Sports Complex in ...

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Serena, Venus braced for US Open blockbuster NEW YORK: Serena Williams's historic bid to complete a calendar Grand Slam faces its biggest emotional test on Tuesday when she tackles sister Venus for a place in the US Open semi-finals.In the 27th episode of a family rivalry which had its first public airing at the 1998 Australian Open, world number one Serena tackles 23rd-ranked Venus boasting the upper hand.Serena, two years younger than Venus at 33, leads the head-to-head record at 15-11 with ...

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Pakistan to participate in Asian Table Tennis ISLAMABAD: An eleven-member Pakistani contingent will be participating in the 22nd Asian Table Tennis Championship to be staged in Thailand from September 26 to October 3.Talking to APP, Pakistan Table Tennis Federation Chairman Shahid Baloch said the Pakistani contingent includes 7 players and 4 officials.He said the male players include Asim Quershi, Shujaat Ali, Muhammad Rameez and Abdul Rahim while the female players are Shubnam Bilal, Ayesha Ansari and Raheela Kashif.He said the officials comprise ...

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Halep, Kvitova into maiden US Open quarter-finals NEW YORK: Second seed Simona Halep and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached their first US Open quarter-finals on Monday while old-hands Victoria Azarenka and Flavia Pennetta also went through.Halep overcame injury and 30-degree heat to set-up a last-eight clash against two-time runner-up Azarenka.Halep needed 2hr 38 min, as well as a 10-minute heat break, to down German 24th seed Sabine Lisicki 6-7 (6/8), 7-5, 6-2.Halep, 23, is the first Romanian in the last eight ...

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India to bid for under-20 World Cup MANCHESTER: India will bid to hold a future under-20 World Cup to build on the success of its new Super League and staging the under-17 World Cup in two years' time, a top official said.All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das also said that there had to be efforts to merge the Super League and the older Indian League.The eight-team Super League starts its second season next month. It draws huge crowds and is ...