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Pacquiao loses contentious WBO title fight to Horn – Critics slam it as hometown decision

BRISBANE, Australia, July 2, (AP): It went all the way and ended in a contentiously bitter loss, the opposite of what Manny Pacquiao’s handlers predicted for his WBO welterweight world title fight against Jeff Horn. Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach tipped a “short and sweet” knockout win for the 11-time …

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Hasaranga bags hat-trick as Sri Lanka ‘crush’ Zimbabwe – Hosts beat tourists by seven wickets

GALLE, Sri Lanka, July 2, (AFP): Teenager Wanidu Hasaranga took a hat-trick on his international debut as Sri Lanka took revenge on Zimbabwe with a seven wicket drubbing in their second one day international on Sunday. Fellow-spinner Lakshan Sandakan also took four wickets, to earn the man-of-the-match award, as Sri …

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Germany hold off Spain to win Euro Under-21 title – Weiser steals show with looping header

KRAKÓW, Poland, July 1, (AFP): Mitchell Weiser scored with a looping first-half header to hand Germany the Under-21 European Championship title after a 1-0 win over Spain in the southern Polish city of Krakow. It is Germany’s second title in the age group following their triumph in 2009, while Spain …

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Spinners on song as India down Windies – Tourists beat WI by 93 runs, take 2-0 series lead

NORTH SOUND, Antigua and Barbuda, July 1, (AFP): Effective spin bowling and indiscreet shot selection combined to give India an ultimately comfortable 93-run victory over the West Indies in a low-scoring third fixture of a five-match One-Day International series on Friday. Set a target of 252 at the Sir Vivian …

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‘I do’ as Messi weds Roccuzzo

ROSARIO, Argentina, July 1, (AFP): Lionel Messi said “I do” to childhood sweetheart and mother of their two children Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday in his Argentine hometown Rosario, where footballers and celebrities gathered for the “wedding of the century.” Following the private ceremony, the couple appeared happy and relaxed as …

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England beat Pakistan at Women’s World Cup – Sciver and Knight score maiden centuries

LONDON, June 28, (AFP): Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight both scored maiden centuries as England posted their highest-ever Women’s World Cup total en route to beating Pakistan by 107 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) Method in Leicester on Tuesday. Sciver hit 137 off 92 balls and captain Knight scored 106 …

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Djokovic passes first test at Eastbourne – Kerber survives

EASTBOURNE, United Kingdom, June 28, (AFP): Top seed Novak Djokovic passed his first grass court test of the season on Wednesday, defeating Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals at Eastbourne. The Serb is playing a pre-Wimbledon event for the first time since 2010 and will next …

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Pacquiao camp predicts Horn fight will be ‘short and sweet’ – Knockout likely: Roach

BRISBANE, Australia, June 28, (AP): Manny Pacquiao isn’t saying it publicly, preferring not to dwell too much on landing a knockout blow. His trainer, Freddie Roach, isn’t pulling any punches, though. Roach reckons the WBO welterweight world championship fight against Jeff Horn on Sunday will be “short and sweet.” “Manny …

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Qatari panel says Garcia Report vindicates 2022 World Cup bid – Timing of publication questioned

DOHA, June 28, (AFP): Qatar World Cup organisers said on Wednesday that the surprise publication of FIFA’s Garcia Report “vindicated the integrity” of its successful bid to host the 2022 tournament. In a statement, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy also questioned the timing of the publication, which comes …

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Portugal face stern Chile test – Copa champs out to curb goal-king Ronaldo

KAZAN, Russia, June 27, (AFP): Copa America champions Chile will try to curb Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semifinal with the goal-ace in rich form despite the tax storm brewing in Spain. The 32-year-old converted a penalty in Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of New Zealand to claim his …

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