Maria Sharapova of Russia has been awarded a wildcard entry into the Toronto WTA tournament
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The 30-year-old Russian star, a five-time Grand Slam champion, was refused a wildcard spot by French Open organizers but Sharapova has said she will play in Wimbledon qualifying Chaussures Vans Old Skool Rose Blanche Soldes , needing three wins to reach the main draw.

Sharapova will make her first appearance in Canada since 2014 at the Rogers Cup, to be played August 7-13, as a hardcourt tuneup for the year's final Grand Slam event, the US Open, which begins on August 28.

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Sharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.

Sharapova, ranked 173rd in the world, made her tour return last month at Stuttgart, reaching the semifinals.

Her best showing in Canada came in 2009 when she reached the Toronto final.

"Maria is a Grand Slam champion and a fan favourite Chaussures Vans Old Skool Grise Blanche Pas Cher ," said tournament director Karl Hale. "She has served her suspension and we know our guests will be excited to see her play."

Should her ranking rise high enough to reach the main draw in time for the event, the wildcard would be available for another player.

Among Sharapova's most vocal critics was Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, who decried Sharapova as a cheater who should have been banned for life.

BRUSSELS, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Top officials from European Union (EU) institutions on Wednesday called on leaders of member states to take concrete actions in coping with the refugee crisis ahead of an emergency summit.

Heads of state or government from the 28 EU member states gathered here late Wednesday for another emergency summit on the refugee crisis, a day after ministers pushed through a plan to relocate 120 Chaussures Vans Old Skool Canvas Bordeaux Blanche Pas Cher ,000 refugees by a majority vote despite objections from several member states.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the press, "I would have liked of course if this decision had been taken by consensus, but that was not possible."

"I am expecting that this evening the European Council will be in favor of the proposal put forward by the European Commission," he added.

The European Commission earlier that day proposed more financial aid and a set of priority actions to be taken in the following months to address the refugee crisis.

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Juncker said a total of 200 million euros would be added to emergency humanitarian aid in 2015. Meanwhile, humanitarian aid would be increased by 300 million euros in 2016.

Simultaneously, the Commission committed to increasing support to stabilize Turkey and Macedonia.

Juncker urged leaders of the member states to approve the proposal.

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Schulz called on leaders to reach agreements on the solutions and find concrete answers to the refugee crisis.

"We don't need idealism tonight. I hope the heads of states or government will show their pragmatism," he said.

Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, said before he stepped into the talk "Discussions among member states are at a critical point; we must end the cycle of mutual recriminations and misunderstandings."

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EU member states on Tuesday approved the proposal to relocate 120,000 migrants by a majority vote. The latest agreement brought the amount of the total relocation quota within the EU to 160,000.

According to the agenda, EU leaders will discuss the immediate priority actions which are necessary to address the instability in the EU's vicinity, and the refugee pressures on neighboring countries.


NAIROBI, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan international Eric Ouma has quit domestic club Gor Mahia for Georgia after a breakthrough season where he forced his way into the country's national football team.

Ouma, 20, who is a marauding left-back who can also play in an advanced role, is reported to have penned a three-year deal with FC Kolkheti who play in the top flight competition of the European nation.

He rejected a trial with Belgian league side KAA Gent to sign with the Georgians who assured him a place in their first team with an option to move on after six months.

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