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Tennis: Germany, Australia off to strong starts in Davis Cup qualifying

(Reuters) – Former winners Germany, Australia and Serbia made solid starts on Friday in their quest to qualify for November’s Davis Cup finals week in Madrid. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Fourth Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 2019. Canada’s Milos Raonic celebrates winning his match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Germany took a 2-0 lead over Hungary with ATP Finals winner Alexander Zverev, the only current top 10 player in action this weekend, beating Peter Nagy 6-2 6-2 after Philipp Kohlschreiber had given them…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – CONMEBOL confirms Qatar 2022 qualifying dates

CONMEBOL qualifiers for Qatar 2022 will begin in March 2020 The ten teams will play each other home and away There will be 18 matchdays and an international play-off The South American qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ will begin in March 2020, as confirmed by the Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol (CONMEBOL) Council after a meeting held on Thursday 24 January in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The decision was made due to the fact that the World Cup will be played between 21 November and 18 December 2022.…

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Sydney International: Johanna Konta wins opening qualifying match

British number one Johanna Konta reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2016 Britain’s Johanna Konta is one win away from the Sydney International main draw after easing through her first-round qualifying match. Sydney-born Konta, ranked 37th in the world, beat 277th-ranked Miriam Kolodziejova 6-3 6-2 in 71 minutes. The 27-year-old won 81% of first-serve points to set up a meeting with Russian 12th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova. Elsewhere, Heather Watson advanced in the Hobart qualifiers, but Katie Boulter suffered a three-set defeat. British number two Watson, who won the…

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Euro 2020 qualifying draw: How does it work?

Scotland and England both have the back-up of a Euro 2020 play-off place if they do not qualify next year The Euro 2020 qualifiers will be drawn on Sunday at 11:00 GMT in Dublin. The top two teams from each of the 10 groups will qualify for the tournament, which is being held in 12 countries. Scotland and England are guaranteed a play-off place if they fail to qualify, with four extra places available through the Nations League play-offs. England – who will be in a five-team group – are…

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IAAF reverts to qualifying standards for Doha championships

The logo of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is seen in Monaco, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (Reuters) – The IAAF will continue to use qualifying standards, not a new world rankings system, for the 2019 Doha world championships, athletics’ global governing body said on Sunday. Feedback from athletes and members of the athletics community led to the decision to delay implementation of the ranking system, the IAAF said. “We believe strongly that the world rankings is the best way for athletes to qualify for our major championships…

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US Open 2018: Liam Broady beats fellow Briton Jay Clarke in qualifying

Liam Broady was beaten by Milos Raonic in the first round of Wimbledon this year Liam Broady beat fellow Briton Jay Clarke in straight sets to reach the second round of US Open qualifying. British number five Broady, 24, eased to a 6-3 6-1 victory against Clarke, who is two places higher than him in the national rankings. Broady will next face Belarus’ Uladzimir Ignatik, needing two more wins to reach the main draw, which starts on Monday in New York. Heather Watson also won in the first round of…

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Wimbledon 2018 qualifying: Dan Evans beats Ilya Ivashka in straight sets

Dan Evans served five aces his victory over Ilya Ivashka Wimbledon 2018 on the BBC Venue: All England Club, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 July Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TVs and the BBC Sport website and app; Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra. Britain’s Dan Evans won his first-round match at the Wimbledon qualifying event, beating Ilya Ivashka. Evans, 28, overcame the 24-year-old from Belarus 6-4 6-4 in Roehampton in one hour and 32 minutes. “I played well…

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World Cup Group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds

(Reuters) – With the second series of World Cup group games completed on Sunday, qualification for the knockout rounds is now clearer. FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup – Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia – June 11, 2018. A man is seen next to the FIFA World Cup logo at the stadium. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch The top two teams in each group go into the last 16. In the case of teams finishing level on points, FIFA has put in place seven tie-breakers starting with goal difference and…

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Burnley face Aberdeen in Europa League second qualifying round

Premier League side Burnley will play Scottish Premiership runners-up Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. The Clarets travel to Pittodrie on 26 July before hosting Derek McInnes’ side at Turf Moor on 2 August. Burnley finished seventh in England’s top flight last season to secure European football for the first time in 51 years. The Dons reached the third qualifying round of the Europa League last season. Source link

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Women’s World Cup qualifying: Russia 1-3 England

Jill Scott took her international tally to 21 goals with two in Moscow England moved back to the top of their World Cup qualifying group with a comfortable win over Russia in Moscow. Manchester City forward Nikita Parris put the visitors in front with a header from Toni Duggan’s cross. Two goals from Parris’ club-mate Jill Scott – either side of one from the hosts’ Elena Danilova – gave England a commanding lead before half-time. Victory was the Lionesses’ third in six games since Phil Neville’s appointment as head coach…

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