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Sharapova slams critics – ‘I should have paid more attention’

INDIAN WELLS, United States, March 12, (AFP): Maria Sharapova hit back Friday at suggestions she received five separate warnings about changes to tennis’ anti-doping rules which ultimately led to her testing positive for a banned drug. A defiant Sharapova defended herself in a post on her Facebook page, saying that …

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Pak announces World T20 participation – ‘Matter solved after solid assurances from India’

ISLAMABAD, March 11, (AFP): Pakistan on Friday announced it would send its national cricket team to India for the World Twenty20 following security assurances from New Delhi, ending months of uncertainty. The interior minister “Chaudhry Nisar (Ali Khan) has given permission to Pakistan’s team to play in India,” Najam Sethi, …

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Lethal Liverpool sink United – Dortmund rout Spurs

LONDON, March 11, (RTRS): Liverpool handed their fiercest rivals a painful lesson on Thursday with a dominant 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of a Europa League last-16 clash. As the two sides took their bitter domestic rivalry on to the European stage for the first time, …

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Bangladesh set up Group A decider – Ireland, Netherlands see hopes washed away

DHARAMSALA, India, March 11, (AFP): Ireland and Netherlands crashed out of the World T20 on Friday after rain forced their respective matches in Dharamsala to be abandoned with Bangladesh and Oman setting up a Group A decider to make the Super 10s. While Netherlands’ match versus Oman was called off …

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Kuwait-SKorea WC qualifier off

SEOUL, March 11, (RTRS): South Korea’s World Cup qualifier against Kuwait has been cancelled due to the FIFA ban on the Gulf nation, the Korean Football Association said on Friday. Kuwait were banned by the world governing body in October over government interference in domestic football. FIFA told the KFA …

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Afghans keep Super 10 hopes alive – India humble Windies, NZ crush Sri Lanka in warmups

NAGPUR, India, March 10, (Agencies): Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will compete for a place in the World Twenty20 Super 10 stage after defeating Hong Kong and Scotland respectively on Thursday. Afghanistan romped to a six-wicket win over Hong Kong, while Zimbabwe ensured Scotland remained winless in its third World T20 appearance …

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Pakistan says won’t go to World T20 without security guarantee – ‘Threats from extremists are concerning’

ISLAMABAD, March 10, (AFP): Pakistan’s interior minister Thursday ruled out sending the national cricket team to India for the World Twenty20 until security assurances come from New Delhi, saying the threats from extremists are concerning. The Pakistan team were due to fly out on Wednesday to play in the World …

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Players shocked, saddened by Sharapova’s ‘big mistake’ – Racket sponsor backs tennis star despite failed drug test

INDIAN WELLS, Calif, (Agencies): Agnieszka Radwanska said she was “shocked, like everyone else” when Maria Sharapova revealed Monday that she failed a drug test in January at the Australian Open. “It was a very sad day for tennis, that’s for sure,” Radwanska said Wednesday at BNP Paribas Open at The …

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Al-Qadsiya crowned champs

Al-Qadsiya Club were crowned champions of the Kuwaiti Athletics Federation Tournament for general and youth categories, after it was held for four days and ended on Thursday at Ahmad Sulaiman Al-Rashdan Bowl in Keifan area. Al-Qadsiya Club garnered 7 points more than other competitors in both categories. The ‘Yellows’ topped …

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India T20 match vs Pakistan shifted over security worries – ICC says tournament’s safety is paramount

NEW DELHI, March 9, (Agencies): The most anticipated match of the World Twenty20 between hosts India and arch-rivals Pakistan was shifted to Kolkata on Wednesday over concerns about security in the original venue for the March 19 clash at Dharamsala. The marquee contest between the neighbours ran into trouble with …

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