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LOS ANGELES: Spain’s Jon Rahm is excited heading into the US PGA CareerBuilder Challenge that tees off Thursday (Friday in Manila) on three courses in the Palm Springs, California desert. Last week, he was second at Kapalua in Hawaii, last year’s easiest course on tour. This week, he plays the…

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MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova laid down her Australian Open title credentials on a scorching hot Melbourne day Thursday, with Caroline Garcia and fellow veteran Agnieszka Radwanksa joining her in the third round. With the temperatures heading towards an energy-sapping 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) and ice-towels in use, the Russian drawcard worked…

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PARIS: Neymar scored four times while Edinson Cavani equalled Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Paris Saint-Germain all-time goalscoring record as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders thrashed Dijon 8-0 on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Angel Di Maria struck twice inside the opening quarter-hour at the Parc des Princes before the Argentine provided the cross…

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MADRID: Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Espanyol struck in the dying moments to consign Barcelona to their first defeat since August, 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Thursday. Oscar Melendo slotted home a neat finish with two minutes remaining of a temperamental derby…

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BEIJING: A Chinese credit ratings firm has downgraded US debt, citing the political “deficiencies” and “factional rivalries” of the United States. The move comes after China’s own credit rating was cut by two US agencies — Standard & Poor (S&P) and Moody’s — last year over concerns about the Asian…

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HONG KONG: Asian stocks started the day in the red on Wednesday with Hong Kong seeing profit-taking after the previous day’s record close with energy firms hit by a dive in oil prices. The dollar rebounded from morning losses to extend Tuesday’s recovery though bitcoin was well down following what…

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NEW YORK: A year ago Donald Trump ceded control of The Trump Organization to his adult sons, but refused to divest his assets, sparking a furious backlash from political opponents and ethics experts. Today his golf clubs in Florida and New Jersey, where he spent more than 80 days in…

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PARIS: A Chinese boom in solar panel installation last year helped drive global investment in renewable clean energy technology to record levels, a new study showed on Tuesday. After a dip in 2016, overall global investment in the sector rose 3.0 percent to a total $333.5 billion, offsetting falls in…

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BOXING legend Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao said on Wednesday he was in talks for a blockbuster bout with world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, widely considered the best “pound-for-pound” fighter on the planet. Pacquiao, 39, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, is eyeing an April date with…

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LOS ANGELES: Anthony Davis scored 45 points as the New Orleans Pelicans jolted the Boston Celtics 116-113 in an overtime thriller at the TD Garden on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Davis, who before the game had brushed off reports linking him to a move to Boston, gave the home fans…

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