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Federer wins 101st career title, beating Isner in Miami

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Roger Federer became tennis’ first repeat champion of 2019 when he won his 101st career title Sunday by beating defending champion John Isner in the Miami Open final, 6-1, 6-4.

Federer neutralized Isner’s big serve and won 32 of 35 points on his own serve. The 6-foot-10 Isner scrambled so desperately to stay in rallies that he hurt his left foot and limped badly through the final few points.

Federer was the Dubai champion on March 2, and was runner-up at Indian Wells two weeks ago. He’s 18-2 this year, which stamps him as a serious threat in Grand Slams later this year, even at age 37. Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns to John Isner during the singles final of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Miami Gardens.

The first 33 men’s and women’s titles this year were won by 33 different players, including Ashleigh Barty in the Miami Open women’s final Saturday.

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Monaco Scrape to Ligue 1 Survival

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Monaco have secured Ligue 1 survival despite failing to get the point they needed to guarantee safety on the final day, instead ending a dreadful season with a 2-0 defeat in Nice.

Leonardo Jardim’s men knew only an improbable set of results – defeat at Nice, victory for Caen and an eight-goal swing – could send them into a relegation play-off after last week’s vital home win over fellow strugglers Amiens.

Jardim had urged his side to keep their fate in their own hands, and Cesc Fàbregas hit the crossbar after 12 minutes – but Benoît Badiashile’s own goal left them relying on Bordeaux to put in a performance against Caen.

Mickaël Le Bihan doubled Nice’s lead after 67 minutes from the penalty spot, but Younousse Sankharé’s opener for Bordeaux proved enough to save last season’s runners-up and relegate Caen outright, along with Guingamp.

Dijon climbed above the Normandy side into 18th place after coming from behind to beat Toulouse, and will now face Ligue 2 side Lens in a two-legged promotion play-off.

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Asante Kotoko to play Hearts of Oak in the semis of the #NC Special competition at Accra Sports Stadium.

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Accra hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko have booked their places in the semi finals of the GFA Special competition, and ready for a match fit for the gods.

Asante Kotoko placed second in group A tier 1 after AshantiGold SC defeated Techiman Eleven Wonders 3-0 in the rescheduled fixture after it was rained off in Nkoranza.

Hearts of Oak will host the porcupine Warriors in Accra in a blockbuster game on a yet to be announced date.

Hearts of Oak tops group B with 28 points going into the final round of matches to be played over the weekend to determine with other team joins them for the semi Finals.

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Andre Ayew confirmed as Ghana’s new captain, Kwadwo Asamoah deputy

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Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah has confirmed André Ayew will skipper the Black Stars at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with Kwadwo Asamoah has his deputy.

The country’s all-time leading scorer Asamoah Gyan who was striped of the armband has been re-assisgned as General Captain.

A statement on the Ghana FA website read: ”This follows a meeting with the top brass of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalization Committee (NC) after which approval and full backing was granted to the plans of the coach.

”Ayew replaces Asamoah Gyan, as captain of the Black Stars.

”Gyan, who has captained the Black Stars for a record seven years has been elevated to the position of “General Captain”.

”Subsequently, Kwadwo Asamoah has been named the deputy captain.

”President of the GFA-NC Dr Kofi Amoah has called on all stakeholders and citizens to support the transition whilst the Black Stars prepare their assault and conquest of Africa at AFCON 2019.”

Ghana will play Benin, Guinea Bissau and Cameroon at the tournament in Egypt.

The Black Stars are scheduled to start camping on 1 June, 2019 in Dubai where the provisional 29-man squad would be trimmed to 23 for the showpiece.

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