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Di Maria handed hefty fine

Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Angel di Maria has been handed a hefty fine and a prison sentence over a charge of tax fraud of 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million), Spanish authorities announced on Wednesday.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 23 2017

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ICC awards Afghanistan, Ireland the Test status

Ireland and Afghanistan have been awarded Test match status, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday, thereby expanding the number of elite level nations for the first time in 17 years.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 23 2017

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Ronaldo seals Portugal win

Cristiano Ronaldo brushed aside his off-field problems by scoring the winner as Portugal edged out hosts Russia 1-0 at the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, before Oribe Peralta gave Mexico a come-from-behind 2-1 win over New Zealand.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 23 2017

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Kvitova enter quarter-finals

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was cheered as if she had been the home player, after a straight-sets win over Britain’s Naomi Broady in Birmingham on Wednesday carried her into a first quarter-final in eight months.

AFP, Jun 23 2017

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Alves to quit Juve

Dani Alves has asked to leave Juventus, the Italian champions’ chief Giuseppe Marotta said on Wednesday, as reports gather pace that the Brazilian is set to reunite with former coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Reuters, Jun 23 2017

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De Villiers vows fightback after heavy defeat

Captain AB de Villiers promised South Africa would “fight our way back” after England thrashed them by nine wickets in the first Twenty20 international at Southampton on Wednesday.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 23 2017

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Muller stuns Tsonga at Queen’s

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the latest star to crash out of Queen’s Club as the world No 10 was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller on Wednesday.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 23 2017

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Oscar suspended for eight games

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar was handed an eight-match ban by Chinese football authorities on Thursday for his role in a brawl that broke out during Shanghai SIPG’s draw with Guangzhou R&F during the Chinese Super League at the weekend.

Reuters, Jun 23 2017

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Chitwan Tigers, Kaustuv enter semi-finals

Chitwan Tigers, Kaustuv College, Rising Star and Neplo Mart entered the semi-finals of the AEC Super Cup Knockout Indoor cricket tournament on Thursday.

Post Report, Jun 23 2017

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ACPL a ‘disapproved cricket event’

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has termed the controversial Asian Club Premier League (ACPL) Twenty20 cricket as “Disapproved Cricket Event” as the tournament continues to be played in Nepal.

Post Report, Jun 23 2017

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