Qualifier Kopriva upsets Shapovalov in Gstaad

Remember the name: Vit Kopriva. The world No 249 from the Czech Republic, a qualifier into the main draw in Gstaad, produced a performance he would hardly have dreamed of on Thursday as he beat world No 10 Denis Shapovalov 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the Swiss Open. The 24-year-old has spent most of his career on the lower rungs of the ladder, notably on the Challenger Tour, but served notice of his ability with a win over Benoit Paire earlier in the season. But his victory…

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Lewis Hamilton’s actions ‘in line with FIA overtaking guide’

Lewis Hamilton did nothing wrong in his battle with Max Verstappen with James Allison insisting his actions were “absolutely in line with the FIA’s overtaking guide”. This year’s title race was blown up wide at the British Grand Prix when Hamilton, judged by the stewards to be “predominantly at fault”, hit Verstappen as the two fought for the lead on the opening lap. While Verstappen was out of the grand prix, the driver shaken and his RB16B destroyed, Hamilton was hit with a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision.…

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Tokyo Olympics: Australia shocks Argentina, Richarlison nets 3 for Brazil

Two-time Olympic men’s soccer champion Argentina was stunned 2-0 by Australia in their opening game at the Tokyo Games on Thursday. In its first Olympic game since 2008, Australia took the lead through Lachlan Wales’ tap-in the 14th minute at the Sapporo Dome. Argentina had Francisco Ortega sent off after being booked twice late in the first half. Marco Tilio then secured the victory in the 80th, just a minute after coming off the bench. Australia is top of Group C ahead Egypt and Spain, who drew 0-0 in the…

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Agarwal, Vihari, Jadeja among runs on final day of warm-up game

Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari spent some valuable time in the middle while Ravindra Jadeja scored his second fifty of the game on the final day of India’s warm-up match against County XI on Thursday. After bowling out County XI for 220 on day two, Agarwal (47 off 81) and Cheteshwar Pujara (38 off 58), opened India’s second innings on day three. The duo shared an 87-run stand which ended when Agarwal charged down the wicket to off-spinner Jack Carson only to be caught at mid-on by fellow India teammate…

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Scotland Men Welcome Ireland for a 3 match series

The Scotland men’s squad has been announced for a three-match series against Ireland at Titwood this week. The uncapped series will start on Thursday 22 July at 7:30pm, before the teams take to the pitch on Saturday 24 July at 4pm, and Sunday 25 July at 11:30am. Due to Covid restrictions, the maximum capacity is 50 spectators; Clydesdale Hockey Club is managing a ‘first come first served’ entry process for the matches, with doors open from one hour ahead of push back. These matches come as the Scots build towards…

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Arsenal tie Emile Smith Rowe to long-term deal

Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new long-term contract, the Premier League club have announced. The 20-year-old youth product, who joined the club at the age of nine, made 33 first-team appearances during a breakthrough campaign last season. As is club policy, the length of the new contract has not been made public but the news could put an end to speculation linking other clubs with the attacking midfielder. Recent reports had suggested Aston Villa were bidding to sign the England Under-21 international. Gunners manager Mike Arteta said:…

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Monica Puig: who the tennis player is

Who is Monica Puig? Monica Puig is a professional tennis player and was born on September 27, 1993, which makes her 27 years old. Which country is Monica Puig from? Monica Puig is from Puerto Rico. She was born to a Cuban American father, José Puig, and a Puerto Rican mother, Astrid Marchán, and has an older brother Ricky (works in the aeronautical industry as an engineer). Puig was Introduced to tennis by her mother as a youngster and she speaks fluent Spanish and English. Puig is one of the most successful female tennis…

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Schumacher offers wild theory on why Mercedes resigned Hamilton

Ralf Schumacher has gone on record to offer his wacky two cents on the reason why Mercedes decided earlier this month to extend its collaboration with Lewis Hamilton. The German manufacturer and the seven-time world champion surprised the F1 community when they announced out of the blue ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix that they had agreed terms on a new two-year contract that will run until the end of 2023. While there was little doubt that Hamilton would renew his allegiance with the Brackley squad, comments from team boss…

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Chelsea’s pre-season friendly clash with Drogheda called off

  Premier League giants Chelsea will not play out their planned friendly meeting with Drogheda United on Thursday evening, it has been confirmed. Covid chaos Pre-season preparations across the English top-flight, to date, have of course proven something of a mess. The chief reason for this, understandably, has been Covid-19. First, this day last week, it was confirmed that Arsenal’s London Colney training ground had been hit by an outbreak, forcing the club to close their base to allow for a deep clean. The Gunners’ annual pre-season trip to the…

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