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Tennis: US Open to hit prize money milestone

This year’s U.S. Open will become the first tennis tournament to top $50 million in prize money following a nine percent increase in the total purse, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Tuesday. Winners of the men’s and women’s singles titles will each earn $3.7 million, while runners-up will pocket $1.825 million from the $50.4 million total pot. The men’s and women’s doubles champion teams will each earn $675,000, also the highest in U.S. Open history. The qualifying tournament for the season’s final grand slam will offer more than $2.9 million in prize...

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Spanish football federation chief arrested in fraud probe

Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was arrested along with his son and two more federation executives in an anti-corruption investigation on Tuesday. Villar, who is FIFA’s senior vice-president and a UEFA vice-president, was suspected of having arranged matches for Spain that led to business deals that benefited his son, said the office of the state prosecutor in charge of anti-corruption. The state prosecutor and Spanish police said Villar, his son Gorka Villar, and two other football officials were detained while raids were carried out at the federation headquarters and other properties. Two uniformed...

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Bahria Town honors victorious Pakistan cricket team

Pakistan cricket captain, Sarfraz Ahmed said on Tuesday that another inspiring aspect which contributed in the comeback of team after losing to India during the ICC Champions Trophy was the unconditional support of the chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Shahryar M Khan and chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq. “After losing to India the whole team was upset but the PCB chairman and the chief selector played a positive role and motivated the players to set aside the sour memories of defeat to India and take a fresh start in the Champions Trophy,” he said while speaking at a reception which...

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Sri Lanka make record run chase to beat Zimbabwe

Niroshan Dick­wella and Asela Gunaratne guided Sri Lanka to a record 388 target to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets on Tuesday in a pulsating end to their one-off Test. A crucial 121-run sixth-wicket stand between Gunaratne (80 not out) and Dickwella (81) secured Sri Lanka’s best-ever run chase. Their previous best was against South Africa in 2006, when they reached 352. Tuesday’s chase was also the highest in Asia and fifth best in all Tests. Man-of-the-match Gunaratne anchored the pursuit to perfection after Dickwella’s departure, putting on an unbeaten 67-run partnership with Dilruwan Perera (29)...

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Bilawal announces educational aid for snooker champion Naseem Akhtar

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Tuesday announced that he would bear educational expenses for the recently crowned under-18 snooker champion Naseem Akhtar. Akhtar, who won the title of International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) Under-18 Snooker World Champion after beating China’s Peifan Lei in Beijing, had appealed to the prime minister for a scholarship upon his return to the country on Monday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is yet to announce a prize for the young champion, however, Akhtar’s appeal has been answered by the PPP chairman. Read more: naseem Akhtar wins IBSF World Under-18...

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