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Tennis: Halep outlasts Svitolina in Doha thriller, faces Mertens in final

Top seed Simona Halep came back from 4-1 down in the deciding set to beat Elina Svitolina 6-3 3-6 6-4 in the Qatar Open semi-final on Friday, marking her first victory over the Ukrainian in nearly two years.

Tennis: Resurgent Wawrinka sets up Nishikori semi-final in Rotterdam

Stan Wawrinka, seeking his first title since undergoing two knee surgeries in 2017, subdued Canadian 10th seed Denis Shapovalov 6-4 7-6(4) on Friday to set up an intriguing semi-final with top seed Kei Nishikori at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Soccer: Coman steers Bayern to 3-2 comeback win at Augsburg

Champions Bayern Munich twice needed to come from a goal down to beat hosts Augsburg 3-2 on Friday courtesy of Kingsley Coman's two goals, and cut the gap with leaders Borussia Dortmund to two points.

Soccer: Juventus make light work of Frosinone

Serie A leaders Juventus made light work of Frosinone as they scored twice in the first 20 minutes on the way to a 3-0 win over the relegation-threatened side on Friday.

Soccer: Small clubs missing out around $300 million for nurturing young players - FIFA

FIFA says that soccer clubs around the world, many of them small ones in Latin America and Africa, are missing out on so-called transfer compensation of around $300 million for raising young players who go on to enjoy successful careers in Europe.

NBA, U.S. Tennis, Sky, urge U.S. action on alleged Saudi TV piracy

A group of sports bodies and broadcasters including the U.S. National Basketball Association, U.S. Tennis Association and Sky has called for the United States to add Saudi Arabia to its "priority watch list" over alleged TV piracy, filings show.

Soccer: Valverde renewed Barca contract to 'end noise' about his future

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said he was pleased to have signed a new contract with the La Liga champions for another year to prevent any negative speculation affecting the team.

North, South Korea eye joint march, teams for Tokyo 2020

North Korea and South Korea want a joint march at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and have requested to have some unified teams in different sports, the president of the International Olympic Committee said on Friday.

Infantino defends FIFA from criticism over Bahraini footballer

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday defended world soccer's governing body over its perceived lack of action in the case of refugee Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi, saying it had been working behind the scenes in the affair.

Soccer: Batshuayi in line for first Palace start against Doncaster, says Hodgson

Michy Batshuayi could make his first Crystal Palace start in Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round clash at Doncaster Rovers but manager Roy Hodgson has ruled out wholesale changes against the League One outfit.

Cricket: Ex-Windies star Bishop defends suspended Gabriel, says education a better option

The punishment handed Shannon Gabriel for a gay slur directed at Joe Root was a little harsh, says former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop, who at the same time acknowledged the fast bowler erred in his choice of words directed at the England captain.

California's Sacramento Kings to launch precursor to in-arena sports betting

Sports betting is not yet legal in California, but the Sacramento Kings want fans to come as close as they can to the real thing with a new "predictive gaming" lounge.

Soccer: Man United forwards Martial and Lingard out for up to three weeks

Manchester United forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have been ruled out for up to three weeks due to injuries and will miss their next two matches against Chelsea and Liverpool, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.

Soccer: Guardiola expects Man City to suffer in tricky trip to Newport

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola predicts his side will "suffer" against fourth-tier Newport County in their FA Cup fifth round match on Saturday but has urged his players to adapt to a battered playing surface at Rodney Parade.

Soccer: Sala's body arrives in Argentina for weekend funeral

The body of footballer Emiliano Sala arrived in Argentina on Friday, ahead of this weekend's wake and burial in his home town.

Cricket: South Africa on course for test win against Sri Lanka

Debutant spinner Lasith Embuldeniya took five wickets as Sri Lanka produced a strong fightback with the ball on day three of the first test, but hosts South Africa remained on course for victory at the close at Kingsmead on Friday.

Golf: Tiger will win a major in 2019 says Feherty

Tiger Woods will build off the momentum he generated in his comeback season from spinal fusion surgery and inch closer to the all-time record of 18 major victories, according to former Ryder Cup player and TV analyst David Feherty.

Cricket: India pick Pant ahead of Karthik, Rahul recalled

Dinesh Karthik's World Cup hopes suffered a blow on Friday after India named Rishabh Pant as the second wicketkeeper for next month's home one-day series against Australia.

Soccer: Newport boss aiming to pull off historic FA Cup upset against Man City

Newport County have an opportunity to cause the biggest upset in FA Cup history by beating Premier League champions Manchester City in the fifth round at Rodney Parade on Saturday, according to manager Michael Flynn.

Qatar's real estate market faces reality check ahead of World Cup

Qatar's Doha Tower, a spike-tipped cylinder that glows orange at night, won an award when finished in 2012 amid a Gulf-wide real estate boom, but today about half of its 46 floors are empty.

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