World number two and a seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal stays on the course for the first title in the Italian capital since 2013, defeating the home favorite Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in two hours and 14 minutes for his 21st win of the season and the 10th semifinal at the Foro Italico, the first since 2014.
Nadal survives early scare to reach Rome semis
Iran will kick off its final phase of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with a friendly against Asian rival Uzbekistan in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Saturday.
Iran to face Uzbekistan in pre-World Cup friendly
A World Cup-bound referee was banned for life for a match-fixing attempt in Saudi Arabia just weeks before he was due to fly to Russia, said the country's football federation.
Saudi ref banned over match-fixing attempt
Esteghlal’s Mame Thiam insisted that the Blues are aiming for a spot in the 2018 AFC Champions League final after the striker’s treble in the 3-1 Round of 16 second leg win over fellow Iranian side Zob Ahan on Tuesday saw them advance to the quarterfinals 3-2 on aggregate.
Hat-trick hero Thiam targeting a place in the final
Jaylen Brown totaled 23 points and seven rebounds to help the Boston Celtics take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with a 107-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
Celtics charge to 2-0 lead over Cavs
Gianluigi Buffon's agent said the Italy and Juventus goalkeeper is one of a kind as he prepares to bring an end to his career.
Buffon to announce retirement, agent hints
Paris Saint-Germain ended weeks of speculation by confirming Thomas Tuchel will be its new head coach.
Neymar, CL trophy top of Tuchel's PSG priorities
Persepolis captain Seyyed Jalal Hosseini admitted that his side faced a tough obstacle in Al Jazira in the AFC Champions League Round of 16 as the defender’s last-minute strike in Monday’s second leg secured a 2-1 win on the night to advance on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.
Captain fantastic relieved to get past Al Jazira
Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 as defending champion Golden State defeated season win-leader Houston 119-106 in Monday's opener of their NBA playoff semifinal series.
Durant, Thompson power Warriors over Rockets in NBA playoffs

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