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Brooks Koepka wins 117th US Open Championship

Brooks Koepka produced a back-nine birdie blitz to win the US Open here Sunday, becoming the seventh consecutive first-time winner of a major with a record-equalling victory at Erin Hills by four strokes. The 27-year-old from Florida fired a five-under-par final round 67 to finish on 16 under for the …

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‘Don’t kill me’ for playing kids, begs Mourinho

Jose Mourinho says the Premier League’s unwillingness to help Manchester United prepare for their Europa League final will force him to pick youth players against Crystal Palace on Sunday. United finish their league campaign against Palace at Old Trafford before facing Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm next …

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All Black Whitelock banned for two weeks

All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock was given a two-week Super Rugby ban Monday after striking an opponent with his elbow while playing for Canterbury Crusaders in South Africa. The incident involving the New Zealand forward occurred in the closing stage of a 48-21 victory over Central Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last …

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Pirates sting Bees to end winless run

Orlando Pirates ended a 12-match winless run by defeating lower-league outfit Eastern Cape Bees 3-1 Sunday in a South African FA Cup last-32 tie. The Soweto club had not won since November and the cup tie gave Swedish coach Kjell Jonevret a welcome success after drawing his first three games …

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Wolfsburg sack coach Ismael after Bremen loss

VfL Wolfsburg sacked coach Valerien Ismael on Sunday, two days after a 2-1 home loss to fellow Bundesliga strugglers Werder Bremen left them two points above the relegation playoff spot. Ismael had been in charge since October but failed to lift the 2009 champions out of the lower half of …

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Australia ascendant as India skittled for 105

India – Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe picked up his maiden five-wicket haul, including three in an over, to trigger a spectacular collapse and help Australia bundle out hosts India for 105 in their first innings of the opening test on Friday. O’Keefe finished with figures of 6-35 as Australia took …

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Bye-bye ‘Boom Boom’ as Afridi ends international career

Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships …

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Pirates and Stars share the spoils in Rustenburg

Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars played to a goal-less draw in their Premiership encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium near Rustenburg on Wednesday evening, with the one-point haul having done more harm than good to the ambitions of both sides. The first half was a stop-start affair with tackles from …

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Serena begins 23rd Grand Slam title bid with a bang

Serena Williams began her quest for a 23rd Grand Slam title in style Tuesday, overcoming the threat from Swiss star Belinda Bencic to power into the Australian Open second round. The American great, who lost the top ranking to Angelique Kerber last year, blitzed the unseeded 19-year-old 6-4, 6-3 on …

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