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World champion Lovchev banned over doping test – ‘Political motive’

MOSCOW, Dec 25, (RTRS): World champion Alexei Lovchev of Russia has been suspended for failing a doping test, the International Weightlifting Federation said on its website (www.iwf.net) on Thursday. The 26-year-old, who is also the 105kg world record holder, was found to have traces of the banned substance Ipamorelin in …

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Van Gaal needs cheer, Hiddink back at Blues – Hughes joins debate

LONDON, Dec 24, (RTRS): Seasonal cheer has been scarce for Louis van Gaal after a six-match winless sequence for his Manchester United side intensified rumours that he will be sacked and Stoke City are unlikely to be offering any solace on Saturday. While another Dutchman, Guus Hiddink, begins the job …

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Golden State still unbeaten at home – Nowitzki passes Shaq for sixth in scoring list

OAKLAND, California, Dec 24, (AP): Klay Thompson scored 20 points, Stephen Curry had 16 points and nine assists and the Golden State Warriors remained unbeaten at home with a 103-85 victory over the Utah Jazz. Andrew Bogut added 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Draymond Green had 15 points, nine …

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Hafeez, Azhar boycott Pakistan camp – Cricketers refuse to train with Amir

LAHORE, Pakistan, Dec 24, (AFP): Pakistan cricket Thursday braced for another storm when former Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and current one-day skipper Azhar Ali refused to train with tainted paceman Mohammad Amir in an ongoing fitness camp. Hafeez told head coach Waqar Younis he would not attend any part of …

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Tough conditions ahead for Sydney-Hobart fleet – Comanche’s navigator Honey prefers wild weather to no wind

SYDNEY, Dec 24, (AFP): Australia’s gruelling Sydney to Hobart race faces choppy seas and high winds that “pack a punch” after it gets underway on Saturday with a record 27 international entries among those vying for honours. The fleet for the 71st edition of the often brutal 628 nautical mile …

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Pistons find range, douse Miami Heat – 76ers maintain dismal record following Grizzlies mauling; Raptors beat Mavs

MIAMI, Dec 23,  (RTRS): The Detroit Pistons have had their best long distance shooting performances against the Miami Heat so far this season. The Pistons made 15 3-pointers Tuesday night and erased an early 18-point deficit in a 93-92 victory over the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. The outcome ironically came …

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‘Future of Chelsea at risk if players don’t up their game’ – Cech confident Arsenal can deal with injury crisis

LONDON, Dec 23, (Agencies): New Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has asked his underperforming players to “look in the mirror” and claims their future at the club is at risk if they don’t up their game. The Dutchman has replaced Jose Mourinho but confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday …

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Australia’s Smith named ICC Cricketer of the Year – De Villiers awarded ODI

SYDNEY, Australia, Dec 23 (RTRS): Australia captain Steve Smith was named ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015 on Wednesday after scoring a world leading 1,734 runs at an average of 82.57 with seven centuries over the voting period. The 26-year-old right-hander kept the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in Australia …

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FIFA presents reform package – 36-member council to replace ‘Exco’

ZURICH, Dec 23, (RTRS): Shaken by corruption scandals, global soccer body FIFA on Wednesday presented the detailed reforms it will ask members to adopt in February at a special congress that seeks to restore its reputation and elect a new leader. The reforms include limiting the number of terms top …

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Arsenal steal march on City – Walcott wows

LONDON, Dec 22, (AFP): Theo Walcott scored a brilliant opening goal as Arsenal established themselves as the number one challengers to Premier League leaders Leicester City by overcoming Manchester City 2-1. Walcott curled home a beauty in the 33rd minute before Mesut Ozil teed up Olivier Giroud to score his 12th …

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