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Red-hot Osaka powers into Tokyo final

US Open champion Naomi Osaka yesterday stormed past Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open, where she is to face Karolina Pliskova. Osaka’s victory in front of an expectant home crowd was her 10th in a row and didFULL STORY

Team Europe secure 3-1 lead, despite doubles loss

Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock on Friday spoiled the doubles debut of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but Team Europe still led Team World 3-1 after the first day of the Laver Cup. Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Kyle Edmund all won their opening singles matchesFULL STORY

Monaco draw with Nimes to prolong winless streak

AS Monaco’s home struggles continued on Friday night as they squandered a string of chances in a 1-1 draw with Nimes Olympique to stretch their winless run to six. Monaco have not won at the Stade Louis II all season. In their previous home LigueFULL STORY

RFEF refuses request for La Liga match in the US

La Liga’s plan to play a regular-season match in the US was on Friday put in serious doubt after the national soccer federation refused to give its approval, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) sent a letterFULL STORY

Billie Jean King takes stake in Dodgers

Billie Jean King has gone back to her roots by becoming part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ownership group. The tennis champion first became enamored with the team when they arrived from Brooklyn in 1958. King said she and her younger brother, Randy Moffitt, “grew upFULL STORY

Malaysia’s Lee in Taiwan for cancer treatment: officials

Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei has early-stage nose cancer and is being treated in Taiwan, Malaysian sports officials said yesterday, following weeks of speculation about his health. The country’s most successful Olympian ever, who enjoys superstar status in his homeland, was responding well to treatment,FULL STORY

Lin leads Red Sox to record-tying win

Taiwan’s Lin Tzu-wei on Friday night delivered the tiebreaking RBI infield single in the seventh inning and hit his first major league homer in the ninth as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5 in the opener of a three-game series between divisionFULL STORY

Fisher cards European Tour’s first 59 in Portugal

Unheralded Englishman Oliver Fisher on Friday fired the first round of 59 in the European Tour’s 46-year history on the second day of the Portugal Masters. The 30-year-old tapped in for par on the final hole to complete an astonishing 12-under-par round featuring 10 birdies andFULL STORY

Woods, Rose share Tour Championship lead

Ryder Cup hostilities broke out a week early at the Tour Championship on Friday, with Tiger Woods and world No. 1 Justin Rose sharing the halfway lead after a pulsating second round in Atlanta, Georgia. American Woods and Englishman Rose, who are to face off onFULL STORY

Hire more women, revamp organizations: NBA’s Silver

NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants all teams to hire more women, especially in leadership and supervisory positions, and is urging them to take some of the mandates that the Dallas Mavericks must now adhere to as an impetus to improve working conditions within their organizations. Silver,FULL STORY

WADA compromised: anti-doping group

A leading anti-doping group on Friday hinted at changing the structure of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), saying that its decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is a sign that WADA leaders are saddled with “conflicting priorities.” The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations saidFULL STORY

Guatemalan gets 16 years for crash that killed player

A man from Guatemala living illegally in the US was on Friday sentenced to the maximum of 16 years in prison for a drunk-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver. A Marion County judge sentenced Manuel Orrego-Savala after hearing emotionalFULL STORY

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