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Gyan steers Ghana into Cup of Nations quarterfinals

PORT-GENTIL, Gabon: Ghana secured their place in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations as Asamoah Gyan’s goal was enough for them to beat Mali 1-0 in Port-Gentil on Saturday. On an appalling playing surface, Gyan headed home from Jordan Ayew’s cross in the 21st minute to score his …

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Money man Tevez touches down in Shanghai

SHANGHAI: Argentine striker Carlos Tevez arrived Thursday to a rousing welcome from hundreds of fans in Shanghai, where he will join local side Shenhua in a deal that reportedly makes him the world’s top-earning footballer. Tevez, 32, is the highest-profile foreign player lured to China’s free-spending domestic leagues in a …

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Leonard, Murray power Spurs past Nuggets

LOS ANGELES: All-star game starter Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and rookie Dejounte Murray added a career-high 24 as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-104 on Thursday. Leonard, who earlier in the day was named an NBA all-star starter for the second straight year, posted his fifth …

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Westbrook snubbed for Curry, Harden as All-Star starter

NEW YORK: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, averaging a triple double, was snubbed for a Western Conference starting spot in next month’s NBA All-Star Game in voting announced Thursday by the league. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to last season’s NBA title, were named to the …

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Thomson hailed for epic round the world duel by Le Cleac’h

LES SABLES-D’OLONNE, France: An exhausted Alex Thomson on Friday crossed the finish line in the Vendee Globe round-the-world race beaten into second after an epic battle with record-breaking winner Armel Le Cleac’h. The Hugo Boss skipper raised his arms aloft as he completed the gruelling solo non-stop race escorted by …

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Neuville leads tragedy-hit Monte Carlo Rally

GAP, France: Hyundai’s Belgian driver Thierry Neuville held his overnight lead at the Monte Carlo Rally through Friday’s series of specials, a day after a spectator was killed when struck by a car. The 50-year-old Spanish fan was hit by the Hyundai driven by New Zealander Hayden Paddon as he …

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Spain downs Slovenia to ensure top spot

NANTES, France: Spain downed rivals Slovenia 36-26 to ensure top spot in Group B at the world handball championships on Thursday as Iceland grabbed the last spot in the last 16. World champions in 2005 and 2013, Spain led 18-10 at the half-time mark and never looked back leaving Slovenia …

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Rookies lift Bangladesh as Southee takes five

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: Rookie opener Soumya Sarkar led a makeshift Bangladesh to a competitive 289 but New Zealand claimed the honors on day one of the second Test in Christchurch on Friday. “If you can bowl a side out on day one it’s a good effort,” New Zealand strike bowler …

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Kaymer on top in Abu Dhabi golf

ABU DHABI: Three-time Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship winner Martin Kaymer once again showed his prowess at Abu Dhabi Golf Club with a second round of 66 to lead by a shot heading into moving day. Kaymer’s second 66 of the week included six birdies, an eagle and a bogey, with …

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Scott surges into contention at Singapore Open

SINGAPORE: Australia’s Adam Scott charged up the leaderboard at the Singapore Open Friday, getting himself within two shots of clubhouse leader Han Seung-su when the second round was suspended because of fading light. Already a three-time winner of the tournament, in 2005, 2006 and 2010, Scott put himself firmly in …

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