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MONTPELLIER, France: Former world kickboxing champion Mohamed Dridi, who once described how the sport had saved him from a life of crime, has been shot dead, prosecutors in Montpellier said on Tuesday. The 48-year-old, nicknamed ‘Momo the turbulent’ during his career which ended in 2011, was discovered by his son…

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BAGHDAD: A young Iraqi woman cycled around the center of the Iraqi capital with dozens of other female cyclists in defiance of a conservative culture where tradition rules. “I feel empowered and happy. We confirmed today that our society isn’t backwards,” said 25-year-old Marina Jaber, who cycled with her long…

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LOS ANGELES: Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The NFL made the announcement Wednesday, and the suspension begins immediately for Jackson, who will be eligible to return to the active roster on January 2…

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LOS ANGELES: A 54-year-old man who admitted shooting dead former NFL player Joe McKnight in a road rage incident last week has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, authorities in Louisiana said Wednesday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Ronald Gasser was detained on Monday following the death of former New…

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LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and the Cleveland Indians’s Terry Francona were named the American League and National League managers of the year, respectively, Major League Baseball said Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Francona won easily, getting 22 of the 30 first-place votes and 128 total voting points…

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LOS ANGELES: Top draft pick Jared Goff is to make his first competitive start for the Los Angeles Rams as the struggling side attempt to ignite their stumbling offense, the club confirmed Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Goff joined the Rams after a blockbuster deal with the Cleveland Browns in the…

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LONDON: Irish boxing heroine Katie Taylor will make her eagerly anticipated professional debut against Karina Kopinska at London’s Wembley Arena on November 26, promoters Matchroom announced. The 30-year-old Taylor enjoyed a brilliant amateur career that yielded five world titles, six European titles and gold at the 2012 London Olympics. However,…

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LONDON: Gangs are using instant messenger services to pass on match information to illegal gamblers and sport needs to act to catch up, the head of world cricket’s anti-corruption united told Agence France-Presse. Ronnie Flanagan, former chief constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and its successor the Police Service…

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DUBLIN: Government ministers from north and south appeared together as the Irish Rugby Football Union officially launched its candidacy to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup at Lansdowne Road on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Supporting the ‘Ready for the World’ slogan, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Northern Ireland deputy…

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LONDON: Kei Nishikori avenged his painful US Open loss to Stan Wawrinka as the Japanese star routed the world number three 6-2, 6-3 in his opening match at the ATP Tour Finals on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). Nishikori was denied a second Grand Slam final appearance in September when Wawrinka…

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