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Local bets Caryn Bless Guarde and John Emmanuel Estrope came away with a pair of straight-set victories each to dominate their respective divisions in the Palawan Pawnshop Regional age-group tennis circuit in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Sunday. Guarde overpowered Jazelle Madis, 4-2, 4-1, to cop the girls’ 12-and-under plum then…

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NEW YORK: Bernard Hopkins, the oldest boxer to win a major world title, will not defend his light-heavyweight crown in July against Karo Murat because the German has been denied a US visa, promoters said on Friday. Hopkins, who took the International Boxing Federation title at age 48 last March…

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas: Result on Sunday from the NBA championship series (series best-of-seven): at San Antonio San Antonio 114 Miami 104 (San Antonio leads series 3-2)

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ARDMORE, Pennsylvania: Phil Mickelson repelled a host of challengers in the third round of the US Open on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to hang onto his lead after a dramatic day of jousting among the world’s top players. The American started the day with a one-stroke lead, saw six different…

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas: Miami has struggled to win two straight games deep in the playoffs, which comes as a surprise to a team that recorded the second-longest winning streak of all-time in the regular season. The Heat are looking for their second consecutive NBA title after compiling a league-best 66-16…

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Team Philippines bucked a first set setback and dominated Myanmar in the next three to essay a 20-25, 25-14, 25-10, 25-17 victory in the Asian Southeastern Zone Women’s Volleyball qualifier in Quang Tri, Vietnam on Saturday The Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission Sports V-Belles actually blew an 8-5, 16-14 lead…

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Johannesburg, South Africa: North Cotabato’s Edrin “The Sting” Dapudong scored a stunning first-round knockout against South African champion Gideon Buthelezi to earn the International Boxing Organization (IBO) Junior Bantamweight title at the Emperor’s Palace Resort and Casino here. The victory of the 27-year-old farmer’s son from Barangay Pag-asa, M’lang also…

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HALLE, Germany: Roger Federer moved to within a match of securing his first title of 2013 as he avenged his defeat in last year’s Halle final by beating veteran German Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals. Federer, 31 and ranked third in the world, will face Mikhail Youzhny…

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas: When Erik Spoelstra was playing college basketball at the University of Portland he decided to tell his father that he would one day like to become a basketball coach. “He told me, he said ‘Where did I go wrong? I’ve known too many coaches and they are…

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LAUSANNE: Istanbul will emerge from its current bloody strife with its credentials as potential hosts of the 2020 Olympics enhanced even further, the city’s bid team insisted on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). The Turkish city is vying with Tokyo and Madrid to stage the Games and presented its case in…