Sports Digest

Villas-Boas under pressure

Chinese media piled pressure on Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas on Thursday after their stinging defeat to Urawa Red Diamonds in the AFC Champions League semi-finals.

Oct 20 2017

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Adrian frustrated by lack of starts

West Ham United back-up goalkeeper Adrian believes he has not been given a chance to prove himself this season but is determined to fight for a place in the starting lineup.

Post Report, Oct 20 2017

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Durante out of World Cup playoff

New Zealand’s hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Russia next year have suffered a setback after defender Andrew Durante was ruled out of the two-leg playoff against Peru in November due to injury.

Post Report, Oct 20 2017

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Benteke hopeful of early return

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is recovering well from a knee ligament injury and is confident of returning to first-team action for the Premier League club in November, the Belgium international has said.

Post Report, Oct 19 2017

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Danes risk World Cup expulsion

The Danish women’s soccer team will not play Sweden in their planned World Cup qualifier on Friday and risk being kicked out of the competition as a dispute between the players and the Danish Football Association (DBU) has not yet been resolved.

Post Report, Oct 19 2017

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Marino returns after four years

Former top-50 tennis player Rebecca Marino will come out of retirement after more than 4½ years and enter a pair of tournaments.

Oct 19 2017

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Sharapova exits from Kremlin Cup

Maria Sharapova was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday, ending her bid for a second title in two weeks.

Post Report, Oct 19 2017

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Mia San Mia Nepal announced

German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich’s official fan club Mia San Mia Nepal was announced here on Wednesday.

Post Report, Oct 19 2017

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Taylor back for Zimbabwe

Former captain Brendan Taylor and bowler Kyle Jarvis were both included in the Zimbabwe Test squad for the first time after lengthy absences when a 16-man party was named on Tuesday for the two-Test series at home to the West Indies.

Reuters, Oct 18 2017

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Frylinck gets Proteas T20 call

Allrounder Robbie Frylinck has been handed a first call-up to South Africa’s Twenty20 squad for the two-match series against Bangladesh next week.

Reuters, Oct 18 2017

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Cagliari fire coach Rastelli

Cagliari’s Massimo Rastelli has become the first coach fired in Serie A this season. The move comes two days after a 3-2 home loss to Genoa left Cagliari in 14th place with six points.

AFP, Oct 18 2017

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USA, Portugal line up friendly

The United States will face Portugal next month in the team’s first game since their shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation announced on Monday.

AFP, Oct 18 2017

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Sigurdsson urges win at all costs

Everton must be prepared to win anyway possible to lift their spirits and turn their season around, Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson has said.

Reuters, Oct 18 2017

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