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Tennis: Djokovic falls to Medvedev in Monte Carlo, Nadal marches on

World number one Novak Djokovic's French Open preparations were dealt with a blow as he suffered a 6-3 4-6 6-2 defeat by Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals on Friday.

Soccer: England women must win trophies before fighting for equal pay - Duggan

England women's forward Toni Duggan says her nation must match the achievements of three-times world champions the United States and "put trophies on the table" before they also ask for equal conditions as the men's team.

Soccer: Turin derby moved to avoid Superga anniversary

The date of next month's Juventus-Torino derby has been changed to avoid the match being played on the 70th anniversary of the Superga air disaster.

Tennis: Brazil's Souza provisionally suspended amid corruption probe

Brazilian Joao Souza has been provisionally suspended for the second time this year amid a corruption investigation, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Friday.

Soccer: Guardiola expects Man City reaction against Spurs after painful European exit

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said his players will not forget their painful Champions League loss to Tottenham Hotspur but expects them to show the same intensity when they face the north London club again in the Premier League on Saturday.

Motor racing: Button withdraws from Le Mans and replaced by Vandoorne

Jenson Button has withdrawn from this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans and will be replaced at SMP Racing by his former McLaren Formula One team mate Stoffel Vandoorne, the Russian team said on Friday.

Soccer: Klopp plays down Liverpool fatigue concerns ahead of season run-in

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is confident his players will have enough recovery time to avoid a European hangover as they switch focus to their Premier League title bid this weekend.

Soccer: Allegri does not want Juventus celebrations diluted

Juventus must not let Tuesday's Champions League exit spoil their celebrations if they win the Serie A title on Saturday, coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

Athletics: Radcliffe warns Semenya verdict could be death of women's sport

British former marathon runner Paula Radcliffe believes the verdict of a legal case involving Olympic champion Caster Semenya could open the door for transgender athletes to claim an unfair advantage in women's sport.

Soccer: Solskjaer shifts focus to crucial week as Man United chase top four

Following their Champions League elimination, Manchester United must think about nothing else but a potentially season-defining week as the Premier League club looks to secure a top four finish, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.

Cricket: De Villiers suggests shorter innings break to avoid slow over-rate

Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers has said the Indian Premier League (IPL) should do away with large fines for slow over rates and shorten innings breaks to 10 minutes so matches finish before midnight.

India fortunate to have Dhoni behind stumps, says captain Kohli

India are lucky to have someone with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ability and experience in the side and the long-serving wicketkeeper-batsman is going to be crucial to their chances at the Cricket World Cup, captain Virat Kohli has said.

Soccer: Milner counts on Liverpool's style of play to beat Barca

Liverpool's James Milner is confident his side can beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final and said the Premier League club's style of play can cause the Spanish champions problems.

Azarenka, Stosur surprise choices for Fed Cup singles

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka was surprisingly given the nod to play singles for Belarus in their Fed Cup semi-final against Australia and will meet her often doubles partner Ashleigh Barty in the second match on Saturday.

Soccer: Liverpool match Barcelona's ticket price to subsidise own fans

Liverpool have taken a cue from Manchester United and hiked prices for away supporters when they host Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals to subsidise tickets for own fans travelling to the Nou Camp, the Premier League club have said.

Soccer: Emery unsure if injured Ramsey will play for Arsenal again

Aaron Ramsey may have played his last game for Arsenal after manager Unai Emery confirmed the midfielder sustained a muscle injury in Thursday's 1-0 Europa League quarter-final win at Napoli.

Japan police urged to take 'light-touch' approach at World Cup

Japanese police have been encouraged to take a "light-touch approach" during the Rugby World Cup, with organisers telling Reuters they had visited host cities to emphasise that while fans will be boisterous they are unlikely to cause trouble.

Soccer: Ajax get Champions League boost as Eredivisie games postponed

Ajax Amsterdam's Champions League hopes got a boost on Thursday when the Dutch FA said Eredivisie fixtures on the weekend before the semi-final first leg at Tottenham Hotspur will be postponed.

Boxing: Miller denies knowingly taking banned substance

American Jarrell Miller says he never knowingly took a banned substance and will appeal a decision to revoke his licence over an adverse finding from a doping test ahead of his heavyweight title fight with Britain's Anthony Joshua.

Golf: Lowry leads at Hilton Head, Molinari struggles

Ireland's Shane Lowry rediscovered his touch to grab the first-round lead at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday while Italian Francesco Molinari struggled in his first start since his Masters letdown.