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Djokovic, Sharapova breeze as Wimbledon endures record heat LONDON: Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova breezed through at a sweltering Wimbledon on Wednesday where temperatures soared to a record 35.7 degrees while injury-plagued Japanese star Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw.Defending champion and top seed Djokovic reached the third round with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Jarkko Nieminen which brought down the curtain on the Finn's All England Club career.Djokovic will take on Australian 27th seed Bernard Tomic for a place in the last 16 as the Serb continues his bid to win a third Wimbledon and ninth Grand Slam crown.It was Djokovic's sixth career win in seven meetings against the 33-year-old Nieminen and the two men exchanged a warm embrace at the net once their 92-minute Centre Court duel had ended."It was his last Wimbledon so I congratulated him on a great career," said Djokovic after firing 36 winners."He's been around for many years and he's one ...

Swansea sign Portugal's Eder LONDON: Swansea have signed Portugal striker Eder for an undisclosed fee, the English Premier League club announced Wednesday.The 27-year-old will arrive at the Liberty Stadium on a three-year contract from Portuguese side Braga.He is now set to give the Welsh side, who finished a highly creditable eighth in the Premier League last season, an extra option up front in addition to Bafetimbi Gomis and recent signing Andre Ayew.Eder scored 10 goals in 29 appearances last ...
France to face Germany in November PARIS: Euro 2016 hosts France will face world champions Germany in an international friendly at the Stade de France on November 13, the French football federation announced.The fixture is a repeat of last year's World Cup quarter-final, which Germany won 1-0 on the way to being crowned world champions.Before Joachim Loew's men come to town France have friendlies scheduled against Portugal, Serbia, Armenia, Denmark and England. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Bayern sign Brazil's Costa from Donetsk BERLIN: Bayern Munich completed their first big transfer of the off-season on Wednesday by signing Brazil international Douglas Costa from Ukraine side Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported 30 million euros ($33.3m).The fleet-footed winger or striker has signed a five-year deal with the German champions and will battle for a place on the left wing with Franck Ribery, who is struggling with a persistent ankle injury.Costa is the fourth most expensive signing in Bayern's history after ...
Farah adamant he is '100 percent clean' LONDON: Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah reiterated Wednesday he was "100 percent clean" as doping allegations continued to swirl around coach Alberto Salazar.Significantly, Farah has not been accused of wrongdoing but the winner of the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the 2012 London Olympics feels his name is being tarnished by association and he again said Wednesday he would stop working with Salazar were the allegations upheld."I am not on anything, trust me," Farah ...
Wimbledon heat on Djokovic, Serena, Sharapova LONDON: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams target quickfire second round wins at Wimbledon on Wednesday to escape the searing heat which will send temperatures soaring to a brutal 34 degrees.That would equal the record for the highest-ever temperature recorded at Wimbledon in 1976, the year when Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert were champions.The heat rule, for temperatures over 30.1 degrees, will be introduced, allowing for a 10-minute break between the second and third sets of ...
McDowell aiming for French Open hat-trick PARIS: Graeme McDowell will target a rare European Tour hat-trick of title wins in the French Open played at Le National golf course near Versailles from Thursday.The Northern Irishman won continental Europe's oldest national championship in 2013 and 2014 and a third triumph on Sunday would make him just the second man to achieve the feat.The last time three-in-a-row happened at the French Open was when home player Marcel Dallemagne won in 1938 - a ...


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