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Former champ Kvitova makes winning start in Tokyo TOKYO: Former champion Petra Kvitova stormed through her opening match at the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday, beating American Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-3 in a flurry of swashbuckling winners.The 26-year-old Czech, twice a winner of Wimbledon, had too much firepower for Brengle in a match played under a closed roof due to typhoon rains in Tokyo. Seventh seed Kvitova will next play Rio Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.Meanwhile, sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia overcame another Czech, Lucie Safarova, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to set up a second-round match with fast-rising Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka."I've seen her play a few times," Cibulkova said of Osaka. "She has a powerful serve and it's always tough playing against these young players -- they are fearless and have nothing to lose."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Pakistan Kabaddi team to fly to Vietnam on Wednesday ISLAMABAD: An eight-member Pakistan Kabbadi team will depart to Vietnam from Islamabad on Sep 21 (Wednesday) for participating in the Asian Beach Games scheduled to be held from September 23 to October 4.According to Pakistan Kabbadi Federation (PKF) Secretary, Muhammad Sarwar as many as six players and two officials will represent Pakistan in the event."Players include Nasir Ali, Ikhlaq Hussain, Kashif, Ibrar Hussain, Imran and Irsalan while officials comprise Maj Nabeel Rana (Coach) and Muhammad ...

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Saints sign Fijian Ratuniyarawa from Agen LONDON: Fijian international lock Api Ratuniyarawa is to take on the best in the English Premiership after signing for Northampton Saints ending a four year spell with French outfit Agen on Tuesday.The 30-year-old -- capped 19 times and a member of their 2015 World Cup squad -- will make his mark in England, said Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder."Api is a strong, athletic, physical lock and he has the potential to make a big ...

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Formula 1 legend Schumacher ‘cannot walk’ Michael Schumacher, widely regarded as the greatest driver in the history of Formula 1 cannot walk or even stand. The heartbreaking news that shocked Schumacher fans worldwide was conveyed by his lawyer. Felix Damm, the lawyer of the German born racing legend, admitted that Schumacher "cannot walk" at a court in Germany as part of a lawsuit against Bunte magazine, which last year reported that the racing icon could walk.The story by the German magazine ...

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Cycling: Eneco Tour results BRUSSELS: Results from the opening 184.7km stage of the Eneco Tour in the Netherlands on Monday:1. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/LottoNL) 4hr 14min 00sec, 2. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) same time, 3. Peter Sagan (SVK) s.t., 4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) s.t., 5. Alexander Kristoff (NOR) s.t., 6. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) s.t., 7. Arnaud Démare (FRA) s.t., 8. Andrea Guardini (ITA) s.t., 9. Marcel Kittel (GER) s.t., 10. Roy Jans (BEL) s.t.Overall standings1. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/LottoNL) 4hr 13min ...

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RugbyU: England's Ashton charged with biting LONDON: Saracens wing Chris Ashton has been charged with two acts of biting by the English Rugby Football Union and will appear before a disciplinary panel on Tuesday, the governing body said.The 29-year-old, capped 39 times by England, is alleged to have bitten Northampton prop Alex Waller during Saturday's 27-12 Premiership victory for champions Saracens.If the charge is proved, Ashton could be facing a lengthy ban which would damage his hopes of an England recall.The ...

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Tennis: ATP Metz Open results METZ: Metz ATP Open results on Monday (x denotes seeding):1st roundGilles Muller (LUX x6) bt Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 7-6 (7/5), 7-5Julien Benneteau (FRA) bt Martin Klizan (SVK x5) 6-2, 6-1Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...