Saturday, 6 March 2021

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Nadal tames Schwartzman to enter 13th French Open final

PARIS: Twelve-time champion Rafael Nadal reached his 13th French Open final on Friday with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) win over Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, setting up a potential blockbuster title clash against Novak Djokovic. For 34-year-old Nadal, it was a 99th win at Roland Garros since his 2005 debut and ...

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U.S imposed sanctions on Iran’s banking sector

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s administration imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran’s banking sector, taking a major new step to cripple the arch-rival’s already struggling economy weeks ahead of US elections. The Treasury Department said it was designating 18 major Iranian banks, a move that could largely cut off the nation of 80 ...

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Dean Jones farewelled in last lap of empty MCG

MELBOURNE: Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has been farewelled in a poignant final lap of an empty Melbourne Cricket Ground following his sudden death last month. The casket of Jones, who collapsed and died aged 59, was draped in an Australia flag and carried in a white hearse adorned with ...

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Australia Women equal world record for most ODI wins

BRISBANE: That Australia would conclude a domineering home series against New Zealand with their second highest ever ODI total on home shores, on the way to a record-setting 21st consecutive ODI victory, was startling enough. That they would achieve those feats with a 232-run win, without their captain Meg Lanning ...

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Trump says contracting COVID was ‘blessing from God’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump claimed that his COVID-19 infection was a “blessing from God” shortly after he returned to the Oval Office. Trump said that when he went to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday he “wasn’t feeling so hot” after contracting the virus that has ...

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Iran fears regional war as fighting rages around Karabakh

TEHRAN: Iran’s president warned that fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces in the South Caucasus could trigger a regional war as the death toll rose on the 11th day of hostilities. More than 300 have now died in the renewed fighting in and around the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, ...

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Shane Watson includes Shahid Afridi among top five T20 Bowler

LONDON: Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson believes Pakistani Erstwhile Skipper Shahid Afridi was a perfect Twenty20 bowler and has ranked Boom Boom on Number two in his list of the top five Twenty20 bowlers of all-time. The 39-year-old added Afridi at number two on his list due to his ability to take wickets at a very low economy ...

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CSK’s Watson, du Plessis Outclass win over KXIP

ABU-DHABI: Chennai’s veteran cricketers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis on Sunday thumped Kings XI Punjab with 10-wicket Indian Premier League win. Watson, aged 39, struck form with an attacking 83 in an unbeaten 181-run opening stand with the 36-year-old du Plessis, who plundered 87. Led by 39-year-old Mahendra Singh ...

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UK faces one million job cuts in 2020 due to virus

LONDON: Coronavirus could potentially cost one million jobs in Britain this year, with most losses anticipated during the current third quarter, according to a study published. Job losses could hit 450,000 between July and September, the Institute for Employment Studies forecast in a report, warning this could worsen to 690,000 ...

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India’s Dhoni becomes most-capped IPL player

DUBAI: India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the most-capped IPL player even as his Chennai Super Kings team – currently bottom of the table – faltered in yet another run chase. The 39-year-old has now played 194 Indian Premier League matches, and overtook on Friday his former India and CSK ...

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