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LUGANO, Switzerland | Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

LUGANO, Switzerland — With four years to go before the next World Cup opens in Qatar, the small gulf country’s national soccer team is on the rise but still has a long, long way to go. Qatar surprisingly won the right to host the 2022 tournament eight years ago, when it was ranked 113th in … Continue reading LUGANO, Switzerland | Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

LONDON | Djokovic overcomes illness to beat Zverev at ATP Finals

LONDON— Novak Djokovic overcame an illness — and Alexander Zverev — to earn a second straight win at the ATP Finals. Despite requiring a tissue to blow his nose between points, Djokovic beat Zverev 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday to close in on a spot in the semifinals at the season-ending tournament. “Unfortunately today hasn’t been … Continue reading LONDON | Djokovic overcomes illness to beat Zverev at ATP Finals

LONDON | Anderson thrashes Nishikori to be on verge of ATP semis

LONDON— Kevin Anderson thrashed Kei Nishikori 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday to move to the brink of the last four on his ATP Finals debut. The 32-year-old South African was on the verge of completing just the second whitewash in the competition’s history until Nishikori won the penultimate game. Anderson, who lost just eight points on … Continue reading LONDON | Anderson thrashes Nishikori to be on verge of ATP semis

LONDON | Zverev defeats wasteful Cilic again in ATP Finals opener

LONDON— Alexander Zverev came from a break down in both sets to defeat Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1) at the ATP Finals on Monday. Facing each other in their opening match for a second straight year, Zverev produced the slightly steadier tennis in an error-strewn contest to extend his record against Cilic at the … Continue reading LONDON | Zverev defeats wasteful Cilic again in ATP Finals opener

PARIS | Champs League: Barca through, Griezmann scores, Monaco out

PARIS — With voting for the 2018 Ballon d’Or closing this week, Antoine Griezmann boosted his chances of lifting the most prestigious individual trophy in soccer with an inspired display and a goal in his 50th Champions League game on Tuesday. Griezmann helped Atletico Madrid bounce back from a heavy loss to Borussia Dortmund with … Continue reading PARIS | Champs League: Barca through, Griezmann scores, Monaco out

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | 11 Israelis take part in UAE judo competition

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates  — Eleven Israeli players are taking part in a judo competition in the United Arab Emirates after the tournament was temporarily suspended last year over a ban on Israeli symbols during the medal-awarding ceremony. The Abu Dhabi Judo Grand-Slam, which started Saturday and runs for three days, includes athletes from … Continue reading ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | 11 Israelis take part in UAE judo competition

LUXEMBOURG | Goerges wins Luxembourg final and 2nd WTA title of the year

LUXEMBOURG — Julia Goerges lived up to her top seeding at the Luxembourg Open by winning her second title of the year on Saturday. Goerges beat unseeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 in the final. The German won her first tournament of the year in Auckland, reached another final at Charleston in April, and … Continue reading LUXEMBOURG | Goerges wins Luxembourg final and 2nd WTA title of the year

INCHEON, South Korea | SKorea holds off US and England to win International Crown

INCHEON, South Korea— South Korea held off challenges from the United States and England to win the eight-nation International Crown for the first time in front of a delighted home crowd at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on Sunday. The top-seeded host team started the final round two points clear of the chasing pack and won … Continue reading INCHEON, South Korea | SKorea holds off US and England to win International Crown