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INDIAN WELLS, United States: Russian Maria Sharapova made a strong start to her Indian Wells WTA title defence on Saturday (Sunday in Mania) with a 6-1, 6-4, victory over Julia Goerges. Sharapova, seeded fourth, needed just 66 minutes to get past the unseeded German on the Stadium Court of the…

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NEW YORK: Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo was suspended one game without pay on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) after striking a rival player in the throat. Mayo was deemed to have committed a flagrant foul and ejected on Friday for a punch to the throat of New Orleans Pelicans center…

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LAS VEGAS: Leo Santa Cruz dominated former champion Cristian Mijares to retain his World Boxing Council title with a 12-round unanimous decision in an all-Mexican super bantamweight matchup on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Two judges scored it 120-108 and one judge had it 119-109. AFP

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TOKYO: Russian veteran Mariya Konovalova won the Nagoya Women’s Marathon on Sunday in two hours, 23 minutes and 43 seconds, while defending champion Ryoko Kizaki came in third. Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia finished second in 2:24:07, followed by Kizaki on 2:25:26. AFP

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LAS VEGAS: Mexico’s Carlos Molina could not defend his International Boxing Federation light middleweight title as planned on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) against unbeaten American Jermall Charlo after landing in prison. Molina, 30, was jailed in Las Vegas over immigration issues and authorities would not release him in time to…

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BIRMINGHAM, UK: Olympic champion Li Xuerui avenged the most shocking setback of her career by overcoming Thailand’s teen sensation Ratchanok Intanon to reach the final of the All-England Open championships on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Li, who lost to Intanon in the final in Guangzhou, outplayed the Thai netter, 21-18,…

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The growth of mixed martial arts (MMA) in  the country has kindled interest in the grappling arts such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), judo, and Olympic wrestling. An athlete looking for a more diversified ground game, however, can seek tuition in other little-known yet equally formidable disciplines, such as catch wrestling.…

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By simple definition, an improvised weapon is a found object used as a weapon. In this scenario, the attacker’s shirt was used against him to choke him out unconscious. I strongly advise the readers to seek proper instruction from a qualified self-defense instructor in learning chokes or sleeper holds. Sleeper…

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SOCHI, Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Winter Paralympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday (Saturday in Manila) and was immediately confronted by an emotional Ukrainian protest on a politically-charged night. As athletes from 45 countries took part in the opening ceremony, only one Ukrainian competitor…