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Stephens out of US Open, Puig takes seeded spot NEW YORK: America's world number 25 Sloane Stephens withdrew from the US Open on Friday with a right foot injury, organisers said.The 23-year-old's withdrawal sees Olympic champion Monica Puig of Puerto Rico move into the 32nd seed position.Stephens, who made the fourth round in New York in 2013, had been on a poor run of form in recent weeks.Since exiting Wimbledon in the third round, Stephens lost three consecutive first rounds at Washington, Montreal and the Rio Olympics.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Rosberg tops session, Hamilton takes penalties SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS: Nico Rosberg topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton in Friday morning's opening free practice for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.The 31-year-old German, seeking to take advantage of impending penalties that will relegate Hamilton to the back of the grid, clocked a best lap in one minute and 48.348 seconds in an uninspiring session run in hot conditions at the spectacular Spa circuit in the Ardennes.This left ...

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Pakistan Army crowned int’l sniping champions The Pakistan Army team has won an international sniping competition held in Beijing, China on Thursday.The national team made the country proud by securing the top spot in all individual and team competition of snipping competition, said a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).Pakistan Army’s Naik Arshad was declared as the best sniper of the competition. “The team secured first position in individual, as well as team events,” DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Saleem ...

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Golf: Reed, Laird into early lead at Barclays NEW YORK: Patrick Reed fired a five-under-par 66 to set the early pace with Martin Laird of Scotland in the opening round of The Barclays Championship on Thursday.World number 14 Reed rattled off 10 consecutive pars over the opening 10 holes before hitting three birdies and an eagle over the final eight holes at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale.Reed's impressive opening round gave him a share of the lead with Laird as the early flights came ...

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RugbyU: Argentina retain team beaten in South Africa SALTA: Argentina have retained the team that started in a last-gasp defeat by South Africa last weekend for the Rugby Championship return match in Salta Saturday.Coach Daniel Hourcade named the same XV Thursday and made only one change to the replacements with utility back Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino taking the place of Ramiro Moyano. The Pumas led the Springboks by 10 points with 10 minutes left in Nelspruit last Saturday only to concede two tries and ...

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US swimmer Ryan Lochte to be summoned to testify in Brazil WASHINGTON: US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who has apologized for an "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Games, will be summoned to testify before Brazil's Justice Department, Fox News reported on Thursday. If Lochte declines to attend, there would be no penalty, but he would not be able to engage in a plea deal, Fox said, citing comments by Detective Clemente Braune. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Injured Giteau ready to help Toulon from sidelines SYDNEY: Australian rugby great Matt Giteau says he will be on hand to advise his French club three-time European champions Toulon even if he is due to spend months on the sidelines with a broken ankle.The 33-year-old -- broke his ankle in the first-half of Australia's catastrophic 42-8 defeat to world champions New Zealand last Saturday -- told rugby.com.au he owed it to Toulon to get back as quickly as possible especially as he had ...