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SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE, France: Brazilian star Neymar missed training on Friday (Saturday in Manila) because, said Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery, he was “ill”. PSG play bitter rivals Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday at the Parc des Princes. “Today he was ill,” Emery said. “I hope Neymar will be well enough…

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LONDON: Tottenham make the short journey across London to take on Crystal Palace on Sunday with manager Mauricio Pochettino comparing midfielder Mousa Dembele to Diego Maradona. “I have said before that he is a genius of football,” said the Spurs boss of the Belgium international. “I put him next to…

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MOSCOW: The world football governing body FIFA expressed “complete trust” Friday (Saturday in Manila) in Russia’s ability to ensure a safe World Cup despite fan violence in Spain during which a policeman died. The Basque officer suffered a heart attack Thursday as hundreds of security forces clashed with supporters of…

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HONG KONG: Asian markets ended the week on a positive note following the lead from Wall Street, with energy firms lifted by a rally in oil prices. While the volatility that greeted the start of February has subsided for now, traders continue to fret over the prospect that US borrowing costs…

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NATIONAL HARBOR, United States: Florida college student Sarah Gibson renewed her National Rifle Association membership with a credit card swipe at a conservative conference Thursday, days after a deadly school shooting in her state triggered soul-searching about America’s gun violence. “I don’t think guns are the problem, they’re in fact…

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LOS ANGELES: The Cleveland Cavaliers returned from the NBA All-Star break with a thud Thursday (Friday in Manila), falling 110-103 to the Washington Wizards despite 32 points from LeBron James. The Cavs had not lost since trading half a dozen players and receiving four at the February 8 trade deadline,…

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MIAMI: Frances Tiafoe turned the tables on Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday (Friday in Manila), toppling the second-seeded former champion 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the ATP tournament at Delray Beach, Florida. The 20-year-old American needed four match points to finish off Argentina’s del Potro,…

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea: Teenage figure skater Alina Zagitova prevailed in her duel with Evgenia Medvedeva to claim Russia’s first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday. The 15-year-old took the women’s title for the Olympic Athletes from Russia by a slender margin of just 1.31 points from her friend,…

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