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TOKYO: Japan’s up-and-coming Hideki Matsuyama, twice the Asian amateur champion, booked a ticket to next month’s US Open by winning the region’s 36-hole qualifying round by four strokes on Monday. The 21-year-old Japan Tour leader, who turned pro only last month, rolled in nine birdies against one bogey to finish…

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PHOENIX, Arizona: Texas pitcher Yu Darvish surrendered a game-tying home run with two outs in the eighth inning and Cliff Pennington singled home the winning run in the ninth to give Arizona a 5-4 victory Monday. Japanese right-hander Darvish struck out 14 batters, boosting his Major League Baseball-leading season total…

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The Philippine national women’s football team Malditas defeated Bangladesh, 4-0, in the Asian Football Confederation Women’s Asian Cup qualifier on Saturday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The malditas finished in the competition with a 2-1 win-loss log after beating Iran (6-0) and Bangladesh (4-0). They failed to…

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LOS ANGELES: Robbie Rogers, who thought coming out as a gay man would spell the end of his dream of a football career, has signed with the LA Galaxy and will be Major League Soccer’s first openly gay player. “For 25 years, I’ve been afraid to share a secret with…

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BRESCIA, Italy: Italian Vincenzo Nibali secured his maiden Giro d’Italia title on Sunday as Britain’s Mark Cavendish took his fifth stage win on the 21st and final leg into Brescia. Nibali, of the Astana team, finished the weather-hit 96th edition with a 4 minutes 43 second lead on Colombian Rigoberto…

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JOHANNESBURG: South African prosecutors said Sunday they will seek an adjournment at Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius’s June court appearance to complete their investigations into the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend. Pistorius is due to appear before a Pretoria court on June 4, but the prosecutors said the hearing was…

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LONDON: Carl Froch enjoyed sweet revenge by unanimously out-pointing Mikkel Kessler in an epic world super-middleweight title unification fight on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). The English boxer avenged a 2010 points defeat to the Dane after a disciplined display behind his jab earned scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113.

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SAO PAULO: Brazil’s Neymar announced on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) on his Instagram account that he is to join FC Barcelona, who have edged out their great Spanish rivals Real Madrid in a tussle for the young striker’s services.

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NASSAU, Bahamas: Colombia’s Paola Moreno was closing in on a first LPGA title on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), firing a four-under par 41 in the 12-hole second round of the inaugural Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.