Simona Halep: World number one withdraws from WTA Finals with back injury

Halep struggled with the injury against Dominika Cibulkova at last month’s Wuhan Open World number one Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week’s WTA Finals because of a lower back injury. The Romanian sustained the injury – a herniated disc – during a training session before last month’s Wuhan Open. “I’m not ready to compete at this level and I’m still sore,” the 27-year-old said. “I didn’t practise for the last four weeks.” World number 10 Kiki Bertens takes Halep’s place in the event, where $7m (£5.34m) of prize money…

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Ariya seizes early lead in inaugural Shanghai event

Shanghai (AFP) – World number two Ariya Jutanugarn shot a blemish-free 66 to take the first-round lead in the inaugural Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament on Thursday. The Thai golfer, who took the US Women’s Open crown earlier this year and is gunning for her fourth win of the season, birdied holes four through six to start hot and cruise to six-under for the day. Kim Sei-young of South Korea and Danielle Kang of the United States tied for second after each posted a 5-under 67 at the par-72 Qi Zhong…

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Paul George says he would’ve joined Lakers if he wasn’t traded by Pacers

Paul George revealed to ESPN’s The Undefeated that he “would have been in a Lakers uniform” if he had never been traded from the Indiana Pacers. But after the Pacers dealt the five-time All-Star to the Oklahoma City Thunder instead last year, he fell in love with his new team and playing with Russell Westbrook before eventually agreeing to a four-year, $137 million contract extension this past offseason. “It was 50-50 on deciding whether I wanted to come back home or if it was smarter to be in the situation…

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Bowlers deliver crushing win for Australia in series opener

PAKISTAN WOMEN VS AUSTRALIA WOMEN IN MALAYSIA, 2018 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Thu, 18 Oct, 2018, 02:15 PM Schutt picked up three wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 95. © Getty Megan Schutt and Nicola Carey took three wickets apiece as Australia rode on a punishing bowling performance to cruise to a five-wicket victory over Pakistan in the opening ODI of the series at the Kinrara Oval in Malaysia. In a match reduced to 41-overs-a-side affair following a heavy downpour midway through the first innings, Pakistan were bowled out…

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UAE to play their first T20I against Australia in Abu Dhabi

UAE will play their first T20I against Australia, by hosting them in Abu Dhabi on October 22. It precedes Australia’s three-T20I series against Pakistan in the UAE that starts from October 24. The game was handed T20I status after both Cricket Australia and the Pakistan Cricket Board sanctioned the move. It will start at 2pm local time at the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium (Oval 1) ground, with free entry to the ground. “We are delighted to be in a position to announce this fixture and we are extremely grateful…

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WATCH: Pakistan’s Azhar Ali thinks ball went for four, gets run out in comical fashion

By: Sports Desk | Published: October 18, 2018 12:47:33 pm Azhar Ali was run out in a bizarre fashion against Australia. (Source: Cricket Australia/Twitter) On Day 3 of the 2nd Test between Pakistan and Australia, middle-order batsman Azhar Ali was run out in a bizarre fashion. In Siddle’s over, Ali, who was batting on 64, edged a delivery past gully on the drive, and the ball ran towards the rope. The Pakistan batsmen assumed that it was going for a four, and he decided to get involved in a discussion…

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Red Sox Emerge From a Chaotic Day With Commanding Lead in A.L.C.S.

HOUSTON — Wednesday was not a typical game day in the American League playoffs. The day started with talk of sign-stealing, cellphone cameras and counterespionage. Later, the ace of the Boston Red Sox was scratched from his next start because of a stomach illness, sending their pitching plans into chaos. Then the game began, and things really got crazy. It began with an umpire’s controversial call in the first inning that turned what appeared to be a two-run home run for the Houston Astros into an out, and what followed…

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Carmelo Anthony struggles in his debut with the Houston Rockets

HOUSTON — The Toyota Center crowd welcomed Carmelo Anthony with a loud ovation when he checked into the season opener with 7:12 remaining in the first quarter — the first time that the 10-time All-Star had come off the bench during his NBA career. The home crowd didn’t have too many other opportunities to cheer on the Rockets, as the New Orleans Pelicans rolled to a 131-112 rout Wednesday night in one of Houston’s worst defensive performances in recent memory. It was the most points the Rockets had given up…

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LeBron James Once ‘Hated’ Southern California. How He Came to Embrace It.

LOS ANGELES — The sun had already set when LeBron James and his high school teammates pulled up to the beach in a limousine-length Cadillac Escalade. They had come straight from the airport, with 50 Cent blaring from the speakers. “It was dark as hell,” Willie McGee, one of the other players from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, recalled in a telephone interview. “But I had never seen the ocean.” It was January 2003. An 18-year-old senior on the cusp of global celebrity, James arrived with his…

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