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BERLIN: NBA star Dirk Nowitzki says he could retire as early as next year, but admits his dream is to play until 2018 and celebrate 20 years with the Dallas Mavericks. Nowitzki has played for the Mavericks since joining from DJK Wurzburg in 1998. The German was the NBA Finals’…

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LONDON: Britain’s heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua says beating Ukrainian veteran Wladimir Klitschko in their mouthwatering showdown for the IBF and WBA crowns next April would entitle him to be called a legend. The 27-year-old 2012 Olympic champion — who defended his IBF title successfully last Saturday against American journeyman…

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NEW YORK: Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton has been fined $15,000 (14,280 euros) for verbally abusing a game official and failing to leave the court promptly when he was tossed from Monday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings. The NBA announced the fine on Wednesday, two days after Walton…

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LOS ANGELES: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson is officially back at practice with the Vikings after he was designated for return from injured reserve on Thursday. Peterson participated in walk-throughs Wednesday morning. He had said on Monday he would return to practice this week and hopes to play on Christmas…

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NCAA 91 Women’s Volleyball champions CSB Lady Blazers Ranya Musa, Chelsea Umali, Christine Lim, Arianne Daguil, with coaches Santi Edralin, Villaluz, Michael Carino, Pauline Cardiente and Chelsea Santillan presented a token jersey to Gerry’s senior marketing manager Francis Villaluz in a courtesy visit during the launch of Gerry’s at 20…

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Philippine Army marksmen bagged 23 gold, 14 silver and 26 bronze in the 10-day ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) which formally concluded Wednesday. The event, which started Nov. 28 and ended Dec. 7, was held at Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac. Task Force AARM commander Brig. Gen. Herminigildo Francisco Aquino said…

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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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