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-The owners of Premier League side Manchester City have acquired a majority share in French second-tier team Esperance Sportive Troyes Aube Champagne, City Football Group said on Thursday. NEW YORK- Naomi Osaka received plenty of encouragement and advice from her mother Tamaki after her second round victory at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, although it came in the…

Van de Beek to wear former Ajax team mate Nouri’s number at Man Utd

(Reuters) – Manchester United’s new midfielder Donny van de Beek has said he will wear the number 34 on his jersey as a tribute to former Ajax Amsterdam team mate Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered brain damage after a heart attack in 2017.

Brazil announces equal pay for men’s and women’s national teams

(Reuters) – The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday that its men’s and women’s national soccer teams will receive equal pay and prize money.

Man City owners add 10th club to network with French side ESTAC

(Reuters) – The owners of Premier League side Manchester City have acquired a majority share in French second-tier team Esperance Sportive Troyes Aube Champagne (ESTAC), City Football Group (CFG) said on Thursday.

Mother knows best as Osaka receives emoji advice from home

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka received plenty of encouragement and advice from her mother Tamaki after her second round victory at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, although it came in the form of emojis printed on a sheet of paper.

Underdog Nagal looking forward to Thiem test at US Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sumit Nagal does not expect to dominate Austrian Dominic Thiem like his near namesake and idol Rafa Nadal when they meet in the U.S. Open second round on Thursday, but the 23-year-old Indian is relishing the challenge on the biggest stage.

Villa sign defender Cash from Nottingham Forest

(Reuters) – Aston Villa have signed defender Matty Cash from Championship (second-tier) side Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

North-South match to give NZ selectors one final look at contenders

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – All Blacks coach Ian Foster will get one final look at contenders for his first All Blacks squad when the North-South match is played in Wellington on Saturday.

South African cricketers demand governance reform

Angry national team players have called on members of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) board to put “politics and self-interest” aside or face the collapse of the professional game in the country.

Murray ready for long haul after winning gruelling opener in New York

Andy Murray’s mental toughness has never been in doubt but his victory over Yoshihito Nishioka in the U.S. Open first round on Tuesday delivered the surest sign yet the Scot is also physically capable of going the distance at a major once more.

With no fans at US Open, Serena cheers herself to victory

With no fans to cheer her on, Serena Williams was left to push herself to a record-breaking straight-sets victory in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

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