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Man City leap into Champions League

Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach built on commanding first-leg advantages to cruise through the Champions League playoffs on Wednesday, while Russian side Rostov thrashed Ajax 4-1 to reach the group stage for the first time. City will play a sixth straight season in Europe’s elite competitionFULL STORY

Taiwan’s Lu advances at Winston-Salem

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun on Wednesday defeated Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Tour’s Winston-Salem Open. Lu, who is into his fourth consecutive Winston-Salem quarter-final, fired nine aces and did not face a break point in the 62-minuteFULL STORY

Putin denounces Russia’s ban from Rio Paralympics

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday said the ban on his country from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics was immoral and inhumane. Russia was suspended on Aug. 7 over what International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven called a “medals over morals” culture with evidence ofFULL STORY

Dizzy Roy sets up ODI win for England

Jason Roy overcame a dizzy spell to lead England’s charge to a 44-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-marred first one-day international (ODI) against Pakistan in Southampton on Wednesday. Surrey opener Roy’s quickfire 65 fired England toward an initial victory target of 261. However, afterFULL STORY

Meersman grabs his second win at Vuelta a Espana

Belgian Gianni Meersman won stage five of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday, his second victory after triumphing on stage two, both wins coming on flat terrain. Meersman won the sprint finish in the 171.3km stage from Viveiro to Lugo in a time of 4 hours,FULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

TENNIS Vinci routs Konjuh Italy’s Roberta Vinci got off to a dominating start at the WTA Connecticut Open on Wednesday by routing Croatian Ana Konjuh 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals. The 18-year-old Konjuh is ranked 100th in the world and had to get through three roundsFULL STORY

Los Angeles thrash Giants for 9-5 win2016-08-25

Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez on Tuesday night combined for eight hits and four RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers roughed up Madison Bumgarner again to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-5. Rob Segedin and Andrew Toles each homered as the Dodgers extended theirFULL STORY

Nine-man Roma fall to Porto in 3-0 home defeat2016-08-25

AS Roma failed to reach the Champions League group stage after having two men sent off in a 3-0 defeat at home to Porto in the second leg of their playoff on Tuesday. Roma had drawn the first leg 1-1 after Thomas Vermaelen was sent offFULL STORY

Court upholds Paralympics ban on Russia over doping2016-08-25

A ban on Russian athletes competing in the Rio Paralympics was upheld on Tuesday, triggering anger in Moscow after the country lost an appeal against their exclusion over a vast, state-run doping program. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed an appeal filed by theFULL STORY

Radwanska cruises past Ostapenko as lucky losers profit from second chances2016-08-25

Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Tuesday night overcame a slow start and breezed past Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-1 in the second round of the Connecticut Open. Ostapenko had upset four-time New Haven champion Caroline Wozniacki in the first round and had a set point, leading theFULL STORY

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