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The Philippines’ largest Muslim militant group has launched a deadly offensive against a splinter faction that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, police said Saturday. The fighting between the two groups began about two weeks ago in the marshy farmlands around the southern town of Datu Salibo on…

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CINCINNATI: Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who returns to the world number one ranking on Monday for the first time in three years, remains “destroyed” by the terror attacks that rocked his homeland. Nadal was upset by Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in a Friday quarter-final at the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters, the…

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LOS ANGELES: Namibia’s Julius Indongo has no qualms about taking his quest for super lightweight supremacy into hostile territory — against American Terrence Crawford in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). After all, he seized Ricky Burns’s World Boxing Association title with a convincing unanimous decision in Glasgow in…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore’s Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling has apologized to Malaysians after he raised hackles by promising to “teach them a thing or two” at the Southeast Asian Games. The 22-year-old said he was “really sorry” for his unguarded comments, which made him a target for Malaysian fans. He…

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SAARBRUCKEN, Germany: Estonia’s Ott Tanak holds the lead going into Saturday at the muddy Rally of Germany as Thierry Neuville claimed a slim advantage over four-time world champion Sebastien Ogier, his rival for the world title. Tanak, 29, who claimed his first win in the championship this year in Sardinia,…

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CHICAGO: French driver Sebastien Bourdais was given the green light to return to racing on Thursday following injuries sustained in a crash during Indy 500 qualifying. IndyCar medical director Geoffrey Billows said an examination of the 38-year-old Dale Coyne Racing driver showed he was fit to resume racing. Four-time IndyCar…

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BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday (Saturday in Manila). The video assistant referee is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season and came into…

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PARIS: Monaco shrugged off the absence of want-away star striker Kylian Mbappe as skipper Radamel Falcao’s late goal secured a 1-0 victory at Metz on Friday (Saturday in Manila) that saw them set a new French top-flight win record. Falcao’s goal came with 12 minutes left at the Stade Saint-Symphorien,…

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