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Amir Khan to take on Garcia-Guerrero fight winner

LOS ANGELES: British boxer Amir Khan of Pakistani origin, who holds a record 31-3 with 19 knockouts, will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the fight between Danny Garcia and Roberto Guerrero, scheduled on Saturday. After Floyd Mayw­eather Jr. announced his retirement last September, the title was vacated. ...

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Nadal stunned by Verdasco in Australian Open first round

MELBOURNE: World number five Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of the Australian Open first round by fellow Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco in an epic five-set match on Tuesday. Verdasco won the thriller 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in four hours, 41 minutes to hand 14-time Grand Slam ...

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Football: Messi injury not worth risking – Luis Enrique

BARCELONA (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insisted his decision to remove Lionel Messi at half-time of the European champions  6-0 thrashing of 10-man Athletic Bilbao on Sunday was merely a precaution. Messi paraded his record fifth Ballon d Or to the Barca fans before kick-off and opened the scoring from ...

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Dhoni may make India chase in third one-dayer

Back-to-back one-day defeats in Perth and Brisbane have forced India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to rethink his strategy of opting to bat first against Australia, who have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series by chasing down 300-plus targets. Dhoni won the toss in both matches and after India ...

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1st T20: Pakistan expect Amir to fire in New Zealand

AUCKLAND: The eyes of the cricket world will be on Pakistan in New Zealand on Friday with Mohammad Amir set to make his international comeback after serving a jail term and five-year ban for spot-fixing. The 23-year-old is expected to be named in the starting lineup for the tour-opening T20 ...

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Amir needs to focus on what’s in front of him: Grant Elliott

WELLINGTON: The New Zealand-Pakistan series features the return of convicted Pakistani spot-fixer Mohammad Amir’s return to international cricket after a five-year ban from the game. However, the New Zealanders, fresh from a 2-0 T20 series win over Sri Lanka, maintained that the induction of Amir into the Pakistan team was ...

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NZ all-rounder Astle called up for Pakistan T20 series

Legspinning all-rounder Todd Astle is in line for a limited overs debut after being named in New Zealand’s 13-man squad for a World T20 warmup series against Pakistan. Astle, who played one Test for New Zealand three years ago, replaces legspinner Ish Sodhi from the squad that swept Sri Lanka ...

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Tennis: Stephens beats Goerges in Auckland final

WELLINGTON (AFP) – Sloane Stephens claimed her second WTA tour title when she beat Germany s Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-2 in the Auckland Classic final on Saturday. Stephens, ranked 30th in the world after being as high as 11, capitalised on a string of unforced errors by Goerges to break her ...

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