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Cook exit in final Test sparks England collapse

Alastair Cook’s exit for 71 sparked a slump that saw six wickets lost for 48 runs with England captain Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran all out for noughts

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Del Potro into US Open final as Nadal quits with knee injury

Del Potro was leading 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 when Nadal retired from the semi-final

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Nishikori runs out of gas against Djokovic

Maybe not today, but the last couple of matches I played great tennis, beat a couple of good guys, he said

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Cook unbeaten as England make steady start to India finale

Cook, extending his England appearance record to 161 Tests, was thrust straight into the action when Joe Root, his successor as England captain, opted to bat first after winning the toss.

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US Defense Secretary makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with top Afghan leaders during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Friday, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. His trip comes a little more than a year after President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped strategy for Afghanistan that…

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Avril Lavigne returns after near-death Lyme illness

Pop punk heroine Avril Lavigne on Thursday announced her first song in five years as she revealed that was so ill with Lyme disease that she feared death. The Canadian singer and guitarist, who became an international star in the 2000s as one of the most successful women in the hard-charging world of skater rock,…

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Serena storms into US Open final to face Japan history-maker Osaka

Serena Williams needed just 66 minutes to dispatch the 19th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0

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France and Germany draw Nations League opener as Bale stars for Wales

The inaugural match of the UEFA Nations League between France and Germany at Allianz Arena never really sparked into life

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Cruel yet popular punishment: Japan’s death penalty

Japan is the only major industrialised democracy other than the United States to carry out capital punishment

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British Airways hacked with details of 380,000 bank cards stolen

The almost two week long hack did not involve travel or passport details, the airline said, adding that it had launched an urgent investigation into the theft of customer data

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Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone retires

Francesca Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title

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Naomi Osaka defeats Lesia Tsurenko, faces Madison Keys in US Open semis

Madison Keys, the 2017 runner-up, leads Naomi Osaka 3-0 in career meetings including the third round at the US Open in 2016 when she battled back from 1-5 in the final set to triumph

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Djokovic to face Nishikori in US Open semi-final

The Serbian star, who ended a 54-week title drought with his 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, defeated the tenacious Aussie 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his 11th US Open semi-final in his last 11 appearances

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Breakthrough study ‘grows’ skin from tissue to heal wounds

In a world first, researchers have transformed tissue cells into skin cells to help heal serious wounds, a technique that could revolutionise care for victims of burns and other severe injuries. The research is the culmination of a decade of work and holds promise for a variety of patients, including those with serious burns or…

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Twitter not based on ‘political ideology,’ CEO tells lawmakers

Twitter does not operate on the basis of “political ideology,” chief executive Jack Dorsey said Wednesday, rejecting claims of bias against conservatives. “Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules,” Dorsey said in prepared remarks to a congressional hearing…

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At least 16 killed in twin blasts on Kabul wrestling club

At least four journalists were also wounded in the second explosion, media support group NAI told AFP.

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Cook had retirement in mind for six months

Alastair Cook had considered retiring from England duty for the last six months before finally announcing the end of his international career. Cook revealed on Monday that he will step away from the England stage following the fifth Test against India at The Oval this week. The 33-year-old, England’s record run-scorer, had been pondering the…

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Over fifth of meat tested in UK showed unspecified animal DNA

More than a fifth of meat tested in Britain last year contained DNA from animals not listed on the label, according to the BBC. The British Food Standards Agency (FSA) found 145 items out of 665 that it sampled in 2017 consisted partly or wholly of unspecified meat, it reported. The products came from 487…

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Online satire can cost you $800,000 in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will punish online satire that “disrupts public order” with up to five years in prison, the public prosecutor said Tuesday, as the kingdom cracks down on dissent. “Producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media … will be considered a cybercrime…

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Brief Facebook outage after ‘networking issues’

Some users had read-only access while others were unable to log in

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France, Germany to launch inaugural UEFA Nations League

World champions France will play against Germany in the first match of the inaugural UEFA Nations League

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