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Menezes to keep same squad for China friendly

┬áBrazil coach Mano Menezes has ruled out making major changes to his team for Monday’s international friendly against China in Recife city. The match follows Brazil’s unimpressive 1-0 victory in Sao Paulo on Friday over South Africa, who are ranked 62 places below them by governing body FIFA. “It’s important to give the players a chance to be evaluated over ...

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Toyota Karnataka Golf: Toshiyoki fires best score

Kasai Toshiyoki, starting off with a handicap of 10, stole the spotlight with the day’s best gross score of 30 points, calculated under the Modified Stableford format, on the penultimate day of the Toyota Karnataka Golf Festival at the KGA course here Saturday. Vivek Varma (handicap 4) scored 32 Nett points to top the 0-5 Handicap category, beating competition from ...

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MCC-Murgappa Hockey: Amir Khan’s hat-trick sees BPCL drub IOB

Amir Khan notched a hat-trick to star in BPCL’s 4-0 win over Indian Overseas Bank in a Group A fixture for their second successive success in the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup All-India hockey tournament here Saturday. In a Group B match, Air India also recorded their second win with 7-1 drubbing of Integral Coach Factory while former champions Indian Railways, courtesy ...

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US beat Germany for third crown at U-20 women’s football World Cup

┬áThe United States beat former champions Germany 1-0 in Tokyo to claim their third FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup crown Saturday. Germany, which defeated US 3-0 in a group encounter just a fortnight ago, were more aggressive at the beginning of the match, creating a series of chances with efficient crosses from both sides. The Americans barely held onto their ...

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McLaren lock front row in Italy

McLaren locked out the front row with Lewis Hamilton taking pole here at the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday. Hamilton clocked 1:24.010 minutes in the dying minutes of Q3 displacing Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. Teammate Jenson Button came in second, moving up the table with 1:24.133 as he became the last car to cross the line under the chequered flag. Driver’s ...

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We brought out our best game: Paes

India’s tennis star Leander Paes said that he and his Czech partner brought their ‘A’ game against the Bryan brothers in the US Open men’s doubles final on Friday night but it still wasn’t enough. Paes and Stepanek, seeded fifth, went down 3-6 4-6 to the second seeded American twins Mike and Bob in the title clash. It was sweet ...

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Five Paralympic golds leave Savchenko incredulous

Winning five gold medals in the London 2012 Paralympic pool has left swimmer Oksana Savchenko incredulous. The 21-year-old Russian set a new world record to claim an astonishing quintet of titles with victory in the 50 metres freestyle Thursday. She earlier stormed to gold in the 100 metres backstroke and freestyle, the 400 metres freestyle, and the 200 meters individual ...

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Gearbox penalty for di Resta

Sahara Force India’s Paul di Resta received a five place grid penalty for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix here after opting to change his car’s gearbox. According to international automobile federation (FIA) rules, each gearbox is required to last five consecutive races. The British driver, currently 15th in the drivers’ championship on 28 points, finished third fastest with a time of ...

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Villa happy to be back in Spanish squad

Spanish striker David Villa expressed his satisfaction at returning to international football with a goal against Saudi Arabia. Villa came on as a substitute for Fernando Torres early in the second half of Spain’s 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia on Friday and wasted little time getting his name on the scoresheet as he scored from the penalty spot following a ...

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Biggest day since World Cup final: Yuvraj

Hours before his first match in over 10 months, cricketer Yuvraj Singh said that this would be the biggest day in his life since the World Cup final last April. “I guess this would be my biggest day after world cup final. I’m really overwhelmed with the love and support of everyone who have send me wishes,” said Yuvraj on ...

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Sharapova happy with 2012

Maria Sharapova has announced she is “pretty happy” with her Grand Slam-winning season which she entered with apprehension due to a niggling ankle injury. The Russian briefly returned to World No. 1 status after winning the French Open in June to complete the career Grand Slam, making the final of the Australian Open and the semifinal of the US Open. ...

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Sharapova curses final set charity against Azarenka

Maria Sharapova cursed her final-set form in the US Open semifinal defeat to Victoria Azarenka, saying she gave her opponent a free ride on crucial points. The Russian World No. 3 went a set and a break up before the top-ranked Belarusian came back to snatch a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory at the Flushing Meadows Friday. “Its frustrating but it’s ...

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Cricketing world wishes Yuvraj

Yuvraj Singh, who is making a comeback after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, is being wished by the cricketing world before his first match on Saturday since Nov 2011. Yuvraj will be taking guard against New Zealand in the first of the two Twenty20s here in Visakhapatnam. This will be his first match in international cricket since India’s ...

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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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