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Rafael Nadal isn’t confident about World Tour Finals after suffering Paris Masters defeat | CNN

CNN  —  Rafael Nadal is out of the Paris Masters after being defeated by Tommy Paul – and the Spaniard isn’t betting on winning the ATP Tour Finals, either. Paul, ranked No. 31 in the world, secured a 3-6 7-6(4) 6-1 victory over world No. 2 Nadal, who hadn’t played since teaming up with his …

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Teenager Holger Rune shocks Novak Djokovic to claim Paris Masters title | CNN

CNN  —  Teenager Holger Rune stunned Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters on Sunday, winning 3-6 6-3 7-5 against the 21-time grand slam champion. The 19-year-old Rune, playing in his first Masters 1000 final, lost the first set and came from a break down in the second to level the match. He …

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Iranian chess referee Shohreh Bayat fears ostracism over her activism as she challenges Russian chief of game’s governing body | CNN

CNN  —  Three years after fleeing Iran, chess referee Shohreh Bayat fears being further ostracized after challenging the game’s governing body and its president, Russia’s former deputy prime minister, over her choice of clothing at a tournament in October. Back in 2020, Bayat was criticized in Iran for not wearing the appropriate headscarf at the …

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Lionel Messi scores for Paris Saint-Germain in first game back since World Cup triumph | CNN

CNN  —  Lionel Messi celebrated his return to Paris Saint-Germain with a goal in his first game back since lifting the World Cup. The 35-year-old only returned to training in the new year after taking some time off to celebrate and recuperate after Qatar 2022, where he finally won the trophy that had always eluded …

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Atlético Madrid and Portugal forward João Félix joins Chelsea on loan until end of 2022/23 season | CNN

CNN  —  Atlético Madrid and Portugal forward João Félix has joined Chelsea on loan until the end of the 2022/23 season, the English Premier League side announced on Wednesday. “Chelsea is one of the great teams in the world and I hope to help the team reach their objectives, so I am very, very happy …

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Brazilian soccer star Dani Alves under investigation for alleged sexual assault | CNN

CNN  —  Brazilian football player Dani Alves is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that took place in Barcelona last month, the Catalonia Higher Court of Justice confirmed on Tuesday. “Barcelona investigating magistrate’s court number 15 has opened proceedings for an alleged crime of sexual assault due to a complaint presented by a woman …

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Iraqis celebrate their comeback with soccer tournament after decades of isolation | CNN

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in today’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, CNN’s three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Baghdad and Abu Dhabi CNN  —  Iraq is holding its first international soccer tournament in more than four decades, hosting its Gulf Arab neighbors for a two-week competition …

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Former PSG footballer and Olympic champion Modeste M’Bami dies aged 40 after a heart attack | CNN

CNN  —  Former Paris-Saint-Germain and Cameroon midfielder Modeste M’Bami has died aged 40 after suffering a heart attack, PSG said in a statement on Saturday. M’Bami won two Coupes de France with the Parisian club, in 2004 and 2006, as well as an Olympic gold medal with Cameroon at the 2000 Sydney Games. At those …

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