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Angelique Kerber swats aside Maria Sharapova in Australian Open cruise

• German player wins in just 64 minutes for the loss of four games• Kerber rises to the occasion in battle of former championsMaria Sharapova’s hopes of a title-winning return to the Australian Open were unceremoniously crushed by Angelique Kerber as t…

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Robin van Persie to re-join Feyenoord after cancelling Fenerbahce contract

• Dutch champions will complete signing of 34-year-old on Monday• Van Persie came through Feyenoord ranks before 2004 Arsenal exitRobin van Persie will be returning to boyhood club Feyenoord from Turkish side Fenerbahce next week, the Dutch champions c…

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Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome during investigation, says UCI president

• David Lappartient calls for ‘simpler’ option over Salbutamol claims• Tour de France champion Froome denies breaking any rulesTeam Sky should suspend Chris Froome until an investigation into his failed drugs test for an asthma medication is over, acco…

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Novak Djokovic through as Gael Monfils wilts in blistering heat

Serb beats unseeded Frenchman 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3Temperature reaches nearly 40 degrees at Melbourne ParkSix-times champion Novak Djokovic survived the Rod Laver Arena furnace to reach the third round of the Australian Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 vict…

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Bundesliga round-up: Aubameyang suspended for Dortmund draw with Wolfsburg

• Gabon striker dropped for stalemate after missing team meeting• England prospect Jadon Sancho makes full league debut for DortmundBorussia Dortmund misfired in the goalless draw against VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday after suspending their leading striker P…

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Barcelona sign Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina from Palmeiras for €11.8m

• Defender’s five-and-a-half-year contract has €100m buyout clause• Mina becomes Barça’s second signing this month after Philippe CoutinhoBarcelona have announced the signing of Yerry Mina from Palmeiras on a five-and-a-half-year contract for a fee of …

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Barcelona sign Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina from Palmeiras for €11.8m

• Defender’s five-and-a-half-year contract has €100m buyout clause• Mina becomes Barça’s second signing this month after Philippe CoutinhoBarcelona have announced the signing of Yerry Mina from Palmeiras on a five-and-a-half-year contract for a fee of …

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Inhaler use is ‘cheating’, says cyclist who pulled out of Tour with breathing issues

Tim Wellens pulled out of 2017 Tour with breathing issuesChris Froome failed drugs test over excessive level of an asthma drugThe Belgian rider Tim Wellens has described the use of anti-asthma inhalers as tantamount to cheating, after the four-times To…

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Nick Kyrgios boosts Australian Open chances with Brisbane International win

• Australian beat Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2 for maiden home tour title• Kyrgios: ‘I love playing in front of you guys though you may not see it that way’Nick Kyrgios beat Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2 in the Brisbane International final on Sunday to clinch his m…

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Roger Federer in fine form as Switzerland seal third Hopman Cup victory

• World No2 and Belinda Bencic beat Germany’s Zverev and Kerber in decider• Federer unbeaten in three singles matches before Australian Open defenceSwitzerland won their third Hopman Cup as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Germany’s Alexander Zver…

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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah wins African footballer of the year

• Liverpool and Egypt forward Salah wins prize for first time• Sadio Mané was second with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thirdEgypt forward Mohamed Salah was named African Footballer of the Year for 2017, finishing ahead of his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Man…

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Lorenzo Pellegrini puts Roma ahead but VAR ensures they draw with Sassuolo

• Fourth-placed Roma had two goals ruled out by video assistant referee• Juventus win 3-1 at Verona; Benevento win their first top-flight matchRoma were twice denied a goal by the video assistant referee (VAR) in a 1-1 draw at home to Sassuolo in Serie…

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Serena Williams finds it ‘super hard’ as she makes losing court comeback

• Serena Williams lost 2-6, 6-3, 5-10 on her return to tennis after giving birth• She admitted her mind wandered to her newborn during comeback gameSerena Williams admitted her return to tennis was “super hard” as she lost what was her first match in a…

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Vincenzo Montella set to be appointed manager of Sevilla

• The former Italy striker and Milan manager replaces Eduardo Berizzo• Sevilla sit fifth in La Liga and are in Champions League last 16The former Milan and Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella is set to take charge of Sevilla after reaching an agreement …

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Donnarumma’s brother stars as Milan beat Inter in Coppa Italia extra time

• Milan 1-0 Internazionale (Cutrone 104 aet)Milan alleviated their crisis when Patrick Cutrone gave them a 1-0 extra-time win over Internazionale in their Coppa Italia quarter-final on Wednesday.Milan’s third-choice goalkeeper Antonio Donnarumma, the o…

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Vitaly Mutko quits football role before 2018 World Cup to fight doping ban

Russian deputy prime minister also considering resigning as local World Cup organiser as he appeals against Olympic life ban Vitaly Mutko, a Russian deputy prime minister who was banned for life from the Olympics this month, has said he is temporarily…

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Venus Williams will not face criminal charges over fatal Florida car crash

Police reported to have determined that neither driver was at fault in two-vehicle collision in June that left one man deadTennis star Venus Williams will not face any criminal charges in relation to a fatal traffic accident she was involved in near he…

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Luis Suárez scores twice as Barcelona thrash Deportivo La Coruña

Barcelona moved six points clear at the top of La Liga and warmed up for next week’s ‘Clasico’ against the champions, Real Madrid, by easing to a 4-0 win at home to Deportivo La Coruña with doubles from Luis Suárez and Paulinho.Suárez slotted a generou…

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Former Milan and Real Madrid player Kaká retires from football at age of 35

• Kaká has been linked with return to Milan in off-field capacity• Brazilian won 2007 Champions League and 2002 World CupKaká, the former Milan and Real Madrid midfielder, announced on Sunday that he is retiring from football.The 35-year-old Brazilian …

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Milan thumped by struggling Verona amid Uefa concern over club’s finances

• Verona 3-0 Milan (Caracciolo 24, Kean 55, Bessa 77)• Uefa reject Milan request for temporary FFP exemptionMilan’s miserable season hit a new low when they slumped to a 3-0 loss at struggling Verona in Serie A on Sunday, two days after Uefa expressed …