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Cotto’s farewell bout ends in unanimous decision loss to Ali – Vargas defends title over Negrete in bloody brawl

NEW YORK, Dec 3, (AP): This wasn’t the way Miguel Cotto planned to leave boxing. Sadam Ali ruined the Garden party for Cotto on Saturday night, sending the Puerto Rican star into retirement with 12-round defeat by unanimous decision. It was a matchup of a Brooklynite and an adopted New …

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Georgia routs Auburn in SEC title game – Clemson claims spot in playoff with victory over Miami

ATLANTA, Dec 3, (AP): Shaking off a blowout loss to Auburn just three weeks ago, Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes and No. 6 Georgia made its bid for a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 28-7 victory over the No. 4 Tigers in the Southeastern Conference championship …

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World Cup favourites spared tough groups in Russia – Saudi draw Egypt; Japan paired with Poland; Germany face Mexico

MOSCOW, Dec 2, (Agencies): The favourites to win next year’s World Cup in Russia were given a fairly straightforward path to the last 16 with the coaches of Germany, Brazil, France, Argentina and Spain among those likely to feel relaxed after Friday’s draw. Hosts Russia, despite being the lowest-ranked of …

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Chelsea, Liverpool dazzle as Spurs stumble – Leicester win 1-0

LONDON, Dec 2, (Agencies): Eden Hazard sparkled as Chelsea swept Newcastle aside on Saturday to cling on to the coattails of runaway leaders Manchester City but 10-man Tottenham slipped further off the pace with a costly draw at Watford. With Pep Guardiola’s Premier League pacesetters not in action until Sunday, …

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Australia ‘down’ England in brutal World Cup final – Sale sink Worcester

BRISBANE, Australia, Dec 2, (Agencies): Australia has retained the Rugby League World Cup title with a 6-0 win over England in a brutal defense-oriented final. Boyd Cordner crashed over in the 15th minute after Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk worked across field and Michael Morgan popped a short ball onto …

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Love powers Cavs to 9th straight victory – Suns top Bulls; Bucks breeze past Kings

CLEVELAND, Nov 29, (AP): Kevin Love scored 32 of his 38 points in the first half, LeBron James was ejected for the first time in his career and the Cleveland Cavaliers extended their longest winning streak since 2015 to nine games by downing the Miami Heat 108-97 on Tuesday night. …

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India cricket board fined $8 mn by anti-trust panel – Sri Lanka makes Perera one-day captain

NEW DELHI, Nov 29, (AFP): India’s competition watchdog on Thursday fined the country’s powerful cricket governing body $8 million over a multi-billion dollar broadcasting deal for the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Competition Commission ruled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the world’s wealthiest national cricket body, …

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Bale leads Real into next round of Copa – Malaga eliminated, Leganes advance

MADRID, Nov 29, (AP): Gareth Bale needed only a few minutes to help Real Madrid secure a spot in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday. Bale came off the bench after a long injury layoff to set up two goals and help Madrid’s reserves secure a …

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Russia builds inside-out arena for World Cup – FIFA brushes aside any safety concerns

MOSCOW, Nov 28, (AFP): How does it feel to be on the outside looking in? Football fans visiting Yekaterinburg in the Russian Urals for the 2018 World Cup will find out when they get seated in one of two temporary stands that fill empty plots of land next to the …

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Kohli leads ‘pay rise’ call for India cricket players – Herath doubt for crucial 3rd Test

NAGPUR, India, Nov 28, (AFP): National team skipper Virat Kohli has demanded a greater share of India’s growing cricket wealth for players ahead of contract talks this week, officials said. Top players saw their annual basic deals doubled to $300,000 this year. But the Indian squad, who are due to …

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