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DURBAN, South Africa: England’s Daniel Brooks hit a polished eight under par 62 to surge into the lead after a delayed first day of The Nelson Mandela Championship on Wednesday. Play had begun seven hours later than planned after heavy rain left the Mount Edgecombe course saturated. AFP

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TOKYO: The annual “kanji” Chinese character of the year in Japan went to “ring” Thursday, after Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, often referred to in local print media as “five rings.” In an event televised nationally, the top monk at world-famous Kiyomizu Temple in the ancient capital…

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TOKYO: Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori said Wednesday he has signed up former French Open champion Michael Chang of the United States as a coach from next year. “Excited to announce an addition to the team. Michael Chang will join us in 2014,” Nishikori, who will be 24 on December…

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LOS ANGELES: Major League Baseball’s rules committee has approved a ban on home plate collisions in a bid to improve player safety. The change, announced at MLB’s winter meetings in Orlando, Florida, could take effect as early as next season if the Major League Players Association approves it. AFP

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The Philippine wrestling and swimming teams are aiming to win more gold medals as the Southeast Asian Games goes full swing today in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Freestyle wrestlers Alvin Lobre-guito (55 kg.), Johnny Morte (60 kg.) and Joseph Angana (66 kg.) will be shooting for gold medals in their respective events.…

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Heidi Chua and Lucy Landicho hacked out a tough 1-up win over Apple Fudolin and Barsy Leonen as Team North pulled off a 2 1/2-1 1/2 lead over Team South in the opener of ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour’s Duel—North vs South at Cangolf’s South course in canlubang on Wednesday.…

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Former two-time World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion and Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Gerry Peñalosa said that the Pacman should avenge his loss to American Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley in a rematch. “The only best fight available left for Manny is Floyd May-weather but he is not available, so it’s…

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Far Eastern University (FEU) overpowered University of the Philippines (UP), 25-19, 25-18, 25-17, to gain its second win in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 76 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City. The Lady Tamaraws improved to 2-1 while the Lady Maroons are still…

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LOS ANGELES: Kobe Bryant’s comeback from an Achilles injury gained momentum on Tuesday as he scored 20 points, but it wasn’t enough to end the Los Angeles Lakers losing skid at home. Goran Dragic had 31 points and five assists as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Lakers 114-108 at Staples…

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BERLIN: Special tribute will be paid to former South African president Nelson Mandela before Saturday’s world World Boxing Association (WBA) light heavyweight title fight in Germany, American promoter Don King said on Tuesday. Ten gongs will be sounded for Mandela just before the bout between Germany’s Jurgen Braehmer and Marcus…