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Middleweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz will face Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch in a non-title bout in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 162 on July 6, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. “”I wouldn’t say sports build character; I’d say character is revealed…

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TOKYO: The world judo chief urged Japan to clean up its act after the sport was sullied in its birthplace by scandals including abusive coaching, misuse of funds and sexual harassment. International Judo Federation (IJF) president Marius Vizer told a news conference in Tokyo that Japan’s judo authority needed to…

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OSLO: Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt scorched to victory in 19.79 seconds in the 200m at the Oslo Diamond League meet on Thursday to banish memories of his loss to Justin Gatlin in Rome last week. Saidy Ndure finished second in 20.36sec, with Britain’s James Ellington in third at 20.55.

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BRASILIA: Brazil clash with Japan in Brasilia Saturday in the opening game of the Confederations Cup, an appetizer for the World Cup, which they will host next year. The two-week tournament, which ends June 30, gets underway after nationwide protests over higher transport prices and amid resentment over the huge…

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TEHRAN, Iran’s Portuguese coach on Wednesday fired back at comments made by his South Korean counterpart before next week’s crunch Asian zone 2014 World Cup qualifier in Ulsan dubbing them “shameful.” “Choi (Kang-Hee) comments has brought shame to (South) Korean football… he disrespected Iranian footballers and coaches,” Carlos Queiroz was…

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NEW YORK: Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy was banned 10 games on Friday as Major League Baseball handed out eight suspensions over the brawl between the Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola jnr cited Kennedy for intentionally throwing at the head of Zack Greinke…

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NEW YORK: The Chicago Cubs have suspended infielder Ian Stewart for 10 games for comments about manager Dale Sveum that the player posted on Twitter. Stewart was sent to Chicago minor-league affiliate Iowa in early May and earlier this week complained bitterly about his treatment on the social networking site.…

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas: LeBron James made good on his promise and Dwyane Wade got his swagger back as the Miami Heat rebounded from a crushing loss in Game Three to level the NBA finals at 2-2 on Thursday. Wade had a throwback game by finishing with 32 points and six…

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Junior ace netter Alberto Lim Jr. made it to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Thamrin Cup International Junior Championships boys’ singles being held at the Kemayoran Tennis Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia. The 14-year-old Lim wasted no time in crushing No. 13 Ho Jun Lee of Taiwan, 6-1, 6-1, in the…

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Season 75 runner up University of Santo Tomas (UST) is expected to come back strong in this year’s edition of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament beginning on June 29 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. UST lost point guard Jeric Fortuna…