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Injured Konta to miss end-of-season finals

British number one Johanna Konta will miss this month’s WTA Finals after withdrawing from next week’s Kremlin Cup with a foot injury. The 26-year-old world number 10 had to reach the final of the Moscow event in order to secure a place at the Singapore season finale which features the top eight players in the world. Konta suffered the injury prior to the Hong Kong Open earlier this month. Until then, the Briton had held the last WTA Finals qualifying spot. A losing streak which extended to five matches with…

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Catalonia referendum: Spain apologises to injured Catalans

The Spanish government’s representative in Catalonia has apologised to those injured during police efforts to stop Sunday’s independence referendum. But Enric Millo blamed the Catalan government for holding an illegal vote. Meanwhile the government in Madrid has issued a decree making it easier for companies to move their headquarters away from Catalonia. A Catalan minister told the BBC his government would go ahead with an independence debate in parliament. “Parliament will discuss, parliament will meet,” said Catalan foreign affairs chief Raül Romeva. “Every attempt the Spanish government has used to…

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Lang Lang: Carnegie gala sees injured pianist lent a hand

One of the world’s best known pianists has found an innovative solution to avoid missing the Carnegie Hall’s annual gala. Lang Lang asked a young protege to literally lend him a hand at the New York concert. Maxim Lando, a 14-year-old US pianist, played all the left hand notes for him. Lang Lang has been forced to cancel several months of concerts while recovering from an inflammation in his left arm. Lando, an alumnus of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation – a music scholarship backed by the Chinese-born pianist…

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Complicated recovery awaits victims injured in Vegas attack

Their concert turned into a siege, and now their lives may become a battle. The staggering count of people injured in the shooting at a Las Vegas music festival means their recoveries are likely to be as varied as the victims themselves. Some injuries are as simple as broken bones, others gunshot wounds involving multiple surgeries and potential transplants, and all come with the added emotional scars of enduring the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, with 59 killed. At least 130 people remained hospitalized Tuesday, with 45 listed in…

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Chelsea FC news: Possible starting line-ups without injured Alvaro Morata

The loss of a first choice striker can be the toughest pill for a manager to swallow. Alvaro Morata has hit the ground running at Chelsea, but the striker limped off in the defeat to Manchester City with what’s being reported as a grade two hamstring tear. Antonio Conte, then, could be without the Spaniard for six weeks, which is a huge blow with vital games against Roma and Manchester United coming up, and with no established replacement available to take his place. The Chelsea boss has two likely starting line-ups in…

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Fans injured when barrier collapses at Ligue 1 match

Five fans were seriously injured when a barrier collapsed at the front of a stand during a French top-flight match. At least 29 people were hurt in the incident, which occurred in the 16th minute of Amiens’ Ligue 1 match with Lille at the Stade de la Licorne. A barrier in front of the away section buckled as fans celebrated Fode Ballo-Toure’s goal, and dozens fell about one and a half metres onto the pitch. The match was abandoned and the stadium evacuated after a security meeting. The local prosecutor…

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Sergio Aguero: Manchester City striker injured in Amsterdam accident

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been injured in a car crash in Amsterdam, hours after attending a concert. The Argentine, 29, was reported to be in a taxi on his way to the airport after watching singer Maluma perform. City said he “was in Holland on his day off and has sustained injuries”. Aguero is expected back in Manchester on Friday and will be examined by City’s medical team before the Premier League trip to Chelsea on Saturday. Police in Amsterdam confirmed to the BBC that two people were…

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