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Afghan boy receives Messi signed shirts

MADRID, Feb 26, (AP): UNICEF says Lionel Messi has sent signed shirts to the Afghan boy who was pictured wearing a homemade Argentina shirt with the No. 10 on the back. UNICEF said Thursday that 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi has received signed Barcelona and Argentina shirts from Messi. It said a …

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India get campaign off to a flying start – Bangladesh fall in Asia Cup opener

DHAKA, Feb 24, (AFP): Rohit Sharma made a half-century as India crushed Bangladesh by 45 runs to get their campaign in the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament off to a flying start in Dhaka on Wednesday. Big-hitting opener Sharma smashed 83 off 55 balls to help India overcome a shaky start …

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FIFA confirms Kuwait, Indonesia barred from vote – FIFA reduces Blatter, Platini bans to six years

ZURICH, Feb 24, (AFP): FIFA has confirmed that suspended members Indonesia and Kuwait remain barred from voting in the body’s presidential election on Friday, in what could be a blow to leading candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa. Sheik Salman, a royal from Bahrain, heads the Asian Football Confederation …

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Wenger ‘slams’ Arsenal after Leo ruins Euro bid – Bayern’s stars lament lost lead in Juve draw

LONDON, Feb 24, (AFP): Arsene Wenger accused Arsenal of naivety after they were pushed to the brink of another frustrating Champions League exit by Lionel Messi’s brace in Barcelona’s 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger was infuriated his players failed to heed his warning to keep it tight at …

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Jacob, Satorre reign supreme at Valentine’s Cup – Arfit, JC lead Level C; Magno, Montemayor shine

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 24: Truly this is not only the month of love but also month of festivities as the country celebrates the Hala Festival, National Day and Liberation Day. Subsequently the Valentine Cup tourney just completed the 2nd week elimination nearing the 3rd elimination this Friday. The passion for …

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Man U stroll spares LVG more misery – Red Devils cruise past Shrewsbury, make FA Cup last 8

SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom, Feb 23, (AFP): Manchester United cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at Shrewsbury that at least temporarily eased the mounting pressure on Louis van Gaal. Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard netted the goals as United wrapped up a businesslike victory against …

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India and Pakistan renew rivalry in Asia Cup – Kohli welcomes Amir’s return; Pak includes Khan & Sami

DHAKA, Feb 23, (AFP): India and Pakistan will renew cricket’s most bitter rivalry this week after a one-year gap when they face off in the Asia Cup, a contest for regional supremacy which is also a final rehearsal for the World T20. The biennial 12-day tournament, which is being held …

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Megabucks Jiangsu flop in AFC opener; Shandong star – Joenbuk start with 2-1 victory over FC Tokyo

HONG KONG, Feb 23, (AFP): Megabucks Chinese side Jiangsu Suning were expensive flops in their AFC Champions League opener when their newly assembled, star-studded line-up was held by 1-1 by 10-man Vietnamese outfit Binh Duong on Tuesday. Brazilians Ramires and Alex Teixeira, who consecutively smashed the Chinese transfer record this …

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Emirati team to fly UAE flag at ITU World Triathlon – Event in Abu Dhabi kicks off on March 5

ABU DHABI, UAE, Feb 23: Under the guidance and support of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the first all-Emirati competitive team is set to compete in the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi when the second edition of the season-opening World Series event gets underway on Abu Dhabi’s glittering Corniche on Saturday …

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US blank Canada for title – Horan, Heath score

HOUSTON, Feb 22, (AP): Lindsey Horan felt her breakthrough goal put the United States at ease. Horan scored on a header in the 53rd minute, Tobin Heath tacked on another goal eight minutes later and the United States beat Canada 2-0 Sunday in the final match at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying …

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