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Sluggish Bolt wins as sharp Blake also triumphs

Sprint icon Usain Bolt and fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake scored contrasting victories to headline the season-ending Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meeting here. While Bolt coasted to a 9.86 seconds win in the 100 metres, Blake stormed to a 19.54 victory in the 200 metres, reports CMC. Bolt, however, looked sluggish and had to come from behind to win the ...

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Windies has attack for all seasons: Gibson

Head coach Ottis Gibson believes the West Indies boasts a bowling attack that will thrive in whatever conditions the team meets during the World Twenty20 Championship starting next week in Sri Lanka. Conditions in the Asian subcontinent usually favour spin but Gibson said the 15-man squad comprised a well balanced bowling unit that would be prepared to face the challenges ...

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US Open: Azarenka, Williams showdown for women’s title

Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus overcame a lacklustre opening set to beat third-seeded former champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, setting up a showdown against three-time champion Serena Williams at the US Open women’s final. Fourth seeded Williams gave another quick fire to her opponent Sara Errani in 64 minutes, downing the No. 10 seed Italian 6-1, 6-2 ...

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Australia lose to Pakistan in dramatic finish

Australia lost the second T20 cricket match against Pakistan by six wickets after the game went down to the wire. The match finished with a dramatic super over to decide the final result, handing the hosts the T20 title in the process with a 2-0 lead in the three game series here on Friday. Batting first, Pakistan made 151/4 before ...

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Four races in Paralympic marathon

 London Paralympics’ organising committee director Debbie Jevans said that there will be four races in Sunday’s Paralympic marathon here. “We have four races, three men and one woman. They comprise the men’s T12, which is for visually impaired athletes, and we have 19 entries across 13 countries and regions. We then have the men’s T46, which is for amputees, and ...

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Easy win for Spain against Saudi Arabia

Reigning World and European Champions Spain enjoyed a comfortable 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in a friendly. The Spanish totally outplayed a Saudi side Friday that looked to play good football but had little answer to the attacking threat posed by the Spaniards, who delighted the packed stands in Pontevedra. The match allowed Spain coach Vicente del Bosque to rest ...

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Paralympics: China’s gold rush continues

China kept up its gold-taking momentum here at the Paralympics, boosting its gold total to 83. The Asian giant clinched 13 gold medals Friday. Meanwhile, Australian swimmer Jacqueline Freney stunned the world with a grand slam of eight golds from her eight events attended. China, which topped the gold tally of Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 with 63 and 89 ...

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Germany defeat Faroe Islands 3-0

Germany sealed an expected 3-0 win against Faroe Islands in Group C to start with a win in 2014 World Cup qualifiers owing to a brace by Mesut Oezil and a goal by Mario Goetze at AWD Arena. This win Friday put Germany on top in Group C. From kick-off, Germany took over control against passive Faroes who defended deep ...

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Qualifying first is not important: Messi

Argentina striker Lionel Messi says finishing first in the World Cup qualifying phase is not the team’s priority. Argentina went to the top of the South American confederation’s Conmebol standings Friday with a 3-1 victory over Paraguay in Cordoba. Messi twice hit the woodwork before curling in a trademark free-kick in the 63rd minute at the Mario Kempes stadium. Real ...

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Capello blasts sluggish Russia

 Russia failed to live up to coach Fabio Capello’s hopes for a high-tempo flowing game when they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in their opening World Cup qualifier. A first-half strike from Viktor Faizulin and a late penalty from Roman Shirokov gave Russia the win but Capello said his team still needed to develop a better passing game. “The movement of ...

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Hulk scores second-half winner for Brazil

Substitute Hulk struck a 74th-minute winner to earn Brazil 1-0 victory over South Africa in their international friendly in Sao Paulo. Hulk, who replaced striker Leandro Damiao in the 63rd-minute, arrowed a low left foot shoot past Itumeleng Khune to save the hosts from a shock result at the Morumbi Stadium Friday. The goal failed to satisfy local fans who ...

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Russia labour to beat Northern Ireland

 Russia beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier here under coach Fabio Capello, in his first competitive game in-charge. Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland team were the clear underdogs but their failure to create a single clear-cut chance in O’Neill’s first competitive game may worry the new coach, giving little impression that the team could mount a surprise bid ...

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Non-playing Arshavin out of Russia plans

 Arsenal’s Andrei Arshavin will stay out of the Russia team he used to captain unless he starts playing regular club football, Russia coach Fabio Capello said. Arshavin was dropped from the team for Russia’s 2-0 win over Northern Ireland Friday and was jeered when he came on from the bench in his last international appearance, a 1-1 friendly draw against ...

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Portugal is Russia’s group nemesis

Russia’s two World Cup qualifiers against Portugal will decide the winner of Group F, former Russian goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev said. But the 33-year-old Zenit St. Petersburg stopper, who quit international football last month to spend more time with his family, said the real tests will come in October and next June. “I think there will be two decisive matches – ...

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