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  • Al Sadd deny deal done to sign Xavi
    Al Sadd deny deal done to sign Xavi

    Qatari side Al Sadd released a statement on Saturday denying that a deal had been concluded to sign Barcelona and Spain great Xavi Hernandez. Al Sadd also said they "would make any further and official announcements only if further developments take place". Their statement came after pictures posted on social media by Al Sadd first-team manager Abdullah Al-Berik claimed that the 35-year-old 2010 World Cup winner had signed for what is one of Qatar's top sides. "Al Sadd have just managed to sign Barcelona captain Xavi and this is a picture of him with sporting director Muhammed Ghoulam," Berik wrote on Instagram.

  • Pressel joins Lee atop LPGA leaderboard
    Pressel joins Lee atop LPGA leaderboard

    Morgan Pressel fired a record-equalling eight-under par 64 to join Lee Mi-Rim atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the LPGA Kia Classic. America's Pressel had eight birdies with no bogeys in a round that matched the course record at Aviara Golf Club. Her 10-under par total of 134 tied her for the halfway lead with South Korea's overnight leader Lee, who signed for a second-round 69 that included six birdies and three bogeys. They were one stroke in front of Americans Alison Lee, who climbed up the leaderboard with a 66, and Cristie Kerr, who carded a 68.

  • Williams wins Miami opener
    Williams wins Miami opener

    World number one Serena Williams launched her bid for an eighth title at the Miami WTA and ATP Masters on Saturday with a victory over Monica Niculescu. The 33-year-old American defeated the cagey Romanian for the second tournament in succession, showing no sign of the knee injury that forced her to forfeit her Indian Wells quarter-final in a 6-3, 6-1 win. "It was a little sore in practice, but it was OK today," Williams said of her knee. Williams, who had more trouble beating spin-merchant Niculescu in her opening match at Indian Wells, needed just an hour and 21 minutes to get past her in this match postponed from Friday when rain washed out the night session at Crandon Park.

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