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Azarenka caps a resurgent week with 1st title since ’13 – Federer thumps Thiem to set up Raonic rematch

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan 9, (Agencies): A polished victory at the Brisbane International finally ended a prolonged, disorganized and painful wait between titles for Victoria Azarenka, extending back to August 2013 when she beat Serena Williams in Cincinnati. She won the Australian Open that year, too, successfully defending her 2012 title, …

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Kuwait para-athlete wins fencing tourney

WASHINGTON, Jan 9, (KUNA): Kuwait athlete Tareq Al-Qallaf won the gold medal of the men’s wheelchair Epee division at the North American Cup (NAC) for fencing. Speaking to KUNA, the Kuwaiti athlete said that he dedicated his win to the Kuwaiti leadership and people. He added that the tournament, held …

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Kuwaitis on podium of Qatar Int’l Endurocross

DOHA, Jan 9, (KUNA): Kuwaiti racers have won first places in the third round of Qatar International Endurocross that gathered 35 racers from 10 countries. Mohammad Jaafar, a Kuwaiti racer, won the MX2 category, clinching the second place, followed by his compatriot Moath Al-Ansari, while the first place went to …

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Holders Arsenal start road to Cup history – Gunners welcome struggling Sunderland

LONDON, Jan 8, (AFP): Arsenal’s sights are set on the Premier League title but Gunners defender Calum Chambers says the possibility of becoming the first club in the modern era to lift the FA Cup for a third successive season will fire their defence of the trophy. Arsene Wenger’s side …

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Bulls tame Celtics for sixth straight victory – Kings hold off Lakers

CHICAGO, Jan 8, (Agencies): Pau Gasol had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 18 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 101-92 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory. Jimmy Butler added 19 points and 10 assists. The Bulls used a big third quarter to …

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City attempt to stay in track on 4 competitions – Pellegrini faces FA Cup selection dilemma at Norwich

NORWICH, United Kingdom, Jan 8, (AFP): Manuel Pellegrini faces an FA Cup selection dilemma at Norwich on Saturday as he attempts to keep Manchester City on track in four competitions. Pellegrini has indicated the FA Cup is bottom of his priority list in the midst of a testing January schedule …

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Saudi soccer body won’t send CL clubs to Iran

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 8, (AP): Saudi Arabia’s soccer federation has said its clubs will not play Asian Champions League matches in Iran amid rising diplomatic tension. The decision at a SAFF executive meeting comes days after individual clubs refused to travel to Iran for safety reasons when the competition …

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Inter pip Empoli, reclaim top spot  –  Juve win again

MILAN, Jan 6, (AFP): Mauro Icardi hit his eighth goal of the campaign as Inter Milan edged hosts Empoli 1-0 on Wednesday to reclaim top spot in Serie A from Fiorentina. Fiorentina had gone provisional top thanks to a 3-1 win at Palermo where Slovenia international Josip Ilicic struck a …

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Muhammad Riaz Chaudhry passes away – ‘Humble, honest & endearing man’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 6: Kuwait Cricket lost one of its limbs. The most qualified umpire and one of the most regarded cricket personalities in Kuwait Muhammad Riaz Chaudhry is no more. He passed away while at work in the Ministry of Defense where he was employed. He recently completed 60 …

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Racism exists in boxing: Mayweather – ‘I’m not a racist’ 

LOS ANGELES, Jan 6, (AFP): Floyd Mayweather says “racism still exists in the sport of boxing” and he cited UFC champion Ronda Rousey’s name in an attempt to bolster his argument. Mayweather also mentioned unified WBA, IBF, WBC and IBO champ Gennady Golovkin and former Olympic gold medallist Andre Ward …

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