Monfils dealt Finals blow with Elias upset

Gael Monfils

A shock defeat to Gastao Elias in the Stockholm Open has dented Gael Monfils' chances of featuring in the ATP World Tour Finals.

Gael Monfils' hopes of securing a place in the ATP World Tour Finals took a blow with a shock second-round defeat to Gastao Elias at the Stockholm Open.

Frenchman Monfils sits sixth in the rankings and was the top seed in Sweden, but a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 loss on Thursday cost him the opportunity to cement a spot at next month's tournament at the O2 Arena in London.

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Jamie Moore on Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko, Tony Bellew and more

Anthony Joshua is likely to fight Wladimir Klitschko next

Jamie Moore gives his views on another busy week with Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko topping the list, while he also looks ahead to Tony Bellew's first defence and answers the weekly weird question...

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2018 World Cup: Avram Grant desperate to have crocked Ghana stars back ahead of Egypt showdown

Avram Grant with Jordan Ayew

Ghana coach Avram Grant is anxious to have injured duo Jordan Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah back to full fitness to revive their hopes of qualifying to the 2018 World Cup with a cracking game against Egypt looming large next month.

The former Chelsea manager is under mounting pressure to rewrite the script after his side laboured to a goalless drawn game against Uganda in their opening group E clash last Friday.

Ayew is scheduled to return to action at the end of the month with Asamoah's road to recovery seeming far away.

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Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko is 'very close', says Eddie Hearn

Former Olympic champion Anthony Joshua is unbeaten in 17 professional fights

A fight between IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko is "very close", promoter Eddie Hearn says.

On Wednesday, Briton Tyson Fury - who had withdrawn from two scheduled rematches with Ukraine's Klitschko - relinquished his WBA and WBO belts.

That leaves Britain's Joshua and Klitschko free to fight for the WBA and IBF titles in a unification bout.

"It is the big favourite to be the next fight for both," Hearn said.

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WC: Govt'll ensure Stars qualify – Minister

Youth and Sports Minister, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye

The Government of Ghana is putting in more efforts to ensure that the Black Stars of Ghana make it to the World Cup in Russia and also win the 2017 Cup of Nations in Gabon, Minister of Youth and Sports Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has said.

Ghana will play Uganda on Friday October 7 at the Tamale Sports Stadium in a bid to qualify for a fourth straight World Cup. The team will feature in the Cup of Nations in Gabon in 2017.

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CAF elects Guinea and Ghana officials to FIFA Council

CAF has elected new officials to fill FIFA Council seats.

CAIRO -- African football leaders have elected officials from Guinea and Ghana to fill two new seats on the FIFA Council.

The Confederation of African Football says Almamy Kabele Camara and Kwesi Nyantakyi earned enough votes in a four-candidate contest on Thursday.

They will complete a seven-member African delegation at an Oct. 13-14 meeting of the expanded FIFA Council, chaired by president Gianni Infantino.

The meeting in Zurich should begin talks to expand the 2026 World Cup to 40 teams and start the bidding process.

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Usain Bolt puts his 'fastest man on the planet' title on the line to race James Corden

100m Race: Usain Bolt vs James Corden & Owen Wilson

IT WAS BRANDED as the race we’ve all been waiting for, but in the end James Corden v Usain Bolt in a car park proved to be a bit of a mismatch; who would have guessed?

It’s not yet known where this victory ranks in the list of Bolt’s career achievements, but storming clear of Corden, Owen Wilson and CBS staff will no doubt be a highlight for the Jamaican sprinter.

He put his ‘fastest man on the planet’ title on the line during an appearance on ‘The Late Late Show’ this week and he provided an emphatic reminder, if any was needed at all, that he is still untouchable. . . .

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Serena Williams Can Reclaim No. 1 Ranking, Kvitova and Keys Say

Serena Williams attended a dinner for the Novak Djokovic Foundation last week in Milan. She pulled out of Wuhan and next week’s China Open in Beijing with a shoulder injury. (Photo: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams may have lost the No. 1 ranking, it’s way too early to write her off yet, two of her main rivals said.

It has been a lean year by Williams’ lofty standards, with two grand slam finals defeats and one win at Wimbledon.

The American, who turned 35 this week, has been upstaged on the court by German’s Angelique Kerber, who stunned her at the Australian Open and sealed the No. 1 spot by clinching her first US Open title earlier this month. Williams had been No. 1 for a record-tying 186 weeks. . . .

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Serena Williams' coach targets 30 grand slams despite 'very bad season'

Serena Williams

(CNN)Despite her 35th birthday fast approaching and niggling injuries possibly shelving what's left of her 2016 season, Serena Williams still retains grand career ambitions, according to her longtime coach.

Remarkably, the American tennis star has been set a target of 30 career singles grand slams.

"I know people are going to be very much focused on the 23rd (grand slam), I'm more focused on the 30th," Patrick Mouratoglou, who has been coaching Williams since 2012, told CNN at the unveiling of his new tennis academy on the French Riviera.

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