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Murray through; Spurs for Wembley; Rio Games

Andy Murray Roland GarrosAndy Murray eased through to the fourth round of the French Open, but nine-times winner Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw with a wrist injury.

Murray saw off the challenge of 6′ 11″ Croat  Ivo Karlovic.

The British number one, who has reached the semi-finals in each of the past two years, secured a 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory against the 37-year-old and will play American John Isner who beat Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili.

It was a simpler success for the Scot following two tense five-set matches and he rarely looked threatened by the oldest man to reach this stage of a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors in 1991.

Nadal said he had played Thursday’s match following an injection and today could not feel his wrist move.

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Tottenham will play their Champions League home games at Wembley and will have the option to play Premier League and cup matches, as well as any European games, at the national stadium during the 2017-18 campaign.

Spurs are building a £400m stadium built next to their existing White Hart Lane ground.

The development is due to be completed in time for the 2018-19 season.

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The World Health Organisation has rejected a call from a group of scientists to move or postpone the Olympic Games in Brazil over the Zika outbreak.

It does not believe the Games, being hosted in Rio, will  “significantly alter” the spread of the virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects.

More than 100 scientists wrote to the WHO urging the Games be relocated or postponed.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) believes there is no reason not to go ahead because of the mosquito-borne disease which began in Brazil a year ago, but is now present in 60 countries.

Golfer Rory McIlroy last week spoke about raising a family with his new fiance and said he is considering whether or not to participate directly because of the virus.

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Jose Mourinho vidJose Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager, was unveiled as Manchester United’s new manager after agreeing a three-year contract reported to be worth £15 million.

Car manufacturer Jaguar jumped the gun on the official announcement by tweeting the firm’s congratulations on their brand ambassador’s new job.

Mourinho will take over from Louis van Gaal following months of talks between the board and his agent Jorge Mendes.

Negotiations were held up over the Portuguese’s naming rights which has now been resolved.

Ryan Giggs, assistant under Van Gaal, is said to be considering an offer to join Mourinho’s coaching team in a reduced role but the United legend is believed to be leaning towards leaving the club.

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Triple Open winner Tiger Woods has entered the tournament at Royal Troon, ending doubts over his participation.

Woods has been sidelined since last August after undergoing further treatment on his back.

He tied for ninth in the last Open Championship at Royal Troon in 2004, won by compatriot Todd Hamilton who beat Ernie Els in a play-off.

He missed the cut in last year’s event at St Andrews for only the second time in 19 appearances.

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A deal is said to be “almost done” to take one of Dundee’s home matches with Celtic to the United States next season, according to local sources.

Match revenue and merchandising would be split and a US travel company lined up to set up packages for fans, says the Dundee Evening Telegraph.

It is scheduled to be played next March or April at the 69,000 capacity Lincoln Financial Field, home of the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles.

It is believed the footballing authorities in Europe have approved the match, leaving agreement to be reached with the MLS and also CONCACAF.



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