Euro 2012: Danes stun Dutch, Germany start with win

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  The feared Dutch strikeforce malfunctioned as Euro 2012 crossed into Ukraine on Saturday but Germany proved as reliable as ever when they opened their tournament with a 1-0 win over Portugal. World Cup runners-up Netherlands had 28 goal attempts in the eastern city of Kharkiv’s spider-like Metalist stadium but failed to convert any of [...]

Arshavin inspires Russia rout of Czech

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Russia’s attacking display against Czech Republic must have left Arsenal supporters wondering what has happened to Andrey Arshavin. The 31-year-old has been on loan at Zenit St Petersburg this season but was one part of a quicksilver quartet which lit up the first day of Euro 2012 with some fine counter attacking goals in a [...]

Maria Sharapova into final, new No. 1

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Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after winning her women’s semi-final match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 7, 2012. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau         Twenty four centimetres in height, $17 million (10.94 million pounds) in prize money and a [...]

French Open: Maria Sharapova beats Kanepi to reach semis

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Maria Sharapova stayed on course to complete a career Grand Slam and become world number one by beating Kaia Kanepi to reach the French Open semi-finals. Sharapova had little trouble in overcoming Kanepi 6-2 6-3 and will play Petra Kvitova, who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova 3-6 6-2 6-4, in the last four. The Russian second seed will top [...]

Chelsea to land Lille playmaker Eden Hazard for £32m

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  Lille’s midfielder Eden Hazard has opted for Chelsea rather than either of the two Manchester clubs. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images Eden Hazard has announced that he is set to sign for Chelsea. The 21-year-old Lille playmaker will join the newly crowned European champions for £32m on a five‑year deal worth £100,000 a week after tax. The Chelsea [...]

Maria Sharapova sits among greats after French Open win

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After four years, 17 major tournaments and a career-threatening injury, Maria Sharapova is back. The 25-year-old Russian beat Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to lift her maiden French Open title and complete the career Grand Slam. She returns to number one in the world for the first time since 2008 – the year she [...]

Rafael Nadal to face Novak Djokovic in French Open Men’s Final

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AP Photo/Michel EulerNovak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in straight sets and earned a chance to be the first man in 43 years to win four straight Grand Slam tournaments.   Here comes the French Open final everyone expected and, except for other players, wanted: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, one victory from becoming the first man in [...]

Shinji Kagawa’s Manchester United transfer agreed

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Manchester United have agreed a deal reported to be worth an intial £12m to sign Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa from German side Borussia Dortmund. The 23-year-old needs to pass a medical and obtain a UK work permit, but the Old Trafford club expect both to be completed by the end of June. It is thought [...]

Maria Sharapova crushes first-round opponent 6-0, 6-0 at French Open

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Maria Sharapova served notice of her intent at the French Open with a ‘double bagel’ victory over Romania’s Alexandra Cadantu in the first round at Roland Garros. The second seed is chasing the one grand slam title she has never won, and her form on clay this year, with titles in Stuttgart and Rome, suggests [...]

Beckham takes 40 percent pay cut

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Sigh. David Beckham is already past his prime. The British celebrity footballer is no longer Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player after his salary was cut nearly 40 per cent in his new contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy. The former England captain has a base salary of US$3mil (RM9mil) this year and guaranteed compensation of US$4mil [...]