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US Open : Nadal Through To Round Two After Ferrer Retires

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Defending champion Rafa Nadal progressed to the second round of the U.S. Open on Monday after fellow Spaniard David Ferrer retired midway through the second set due to a calf injury.

Nadal, the world number one, breezed through the first set without facing a break point but the 36-year-old Ferrer fought back in the second, breaking Nadal twice before the injury forced him to stop with the score at 6-3 3-4.

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Ferrer, whose decision to retire brings the curtain down on his final appearance at a Grand Slam, said he had taken an injection before the match but was in obvious discomfort and need treatment courtside before he decided to quit.

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“I feel bad,” he said in a courtside interview. “I had one shot in my calf and there was pain. I tried to play. I tried.

“I’m so sorry because I can’t finish the match, but anyway, thanks a lot.”

Nadal, who like his opponent was sweating profusely in the oppressively humid conditions, paid tribute to Ferrer, whom he beat in the 2013 French Open final.

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“I’m very sorry for him. He’s one of my closest friends on the tour and we faced many amazing moments together,” Nadal said. “It’s sad for him to finish like this.”

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AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Beat Seychelles 3-1

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AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Beat Seychelles 3-1

The Super Eagles on Friday defeated the Pirates of Seychelles in their last group Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba. The encounter ended 3-1 in favour of the host, Nigeria. The Super Eagles finished top  of Group E with 13 points.

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Nigeria have already qualified for the AFCON in Egypt after they were held to a 1-1 by South Africa in Johannesburg last November.

Libya will host South Africa on Sunday in the last game of the group. The Bafana Bafana are currently sitting second in the group with nine points followed by Libya with seven points.

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Seychelles ended their AFCON qualifying campaign with just one point.

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FIFA Bans Togolese Referee For Life Over Corruption Charges

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FIFA Bans Togolese Referee For Life

FIFA has banned for life Togolese referee and football official Kokou Fagla after finding him guilty of corruption.

Football’s world governing body ruled he accepted bribes to manipulate an unspecified international friendly.

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The findings came from FIFA’s investigation into various international matches that convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal tried to manipulate for betting purposes.

Fagla has been “banned for life from all football-related activities at both national and international level.”   a three-thousand- dollar fine has also been slapped on him.

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South Africa 2020: Nigeria U-19 Cricket Team Close To Qualification

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