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NEW YORK CITY: Britain’s Amir Khan snubbed world welterweight champion Devon Alexander for a title fight next month as speculation continues that Khan will be the next opponent for unbeaten Floyd Mayweather in May. Now International Boxing Federation champion Alexander, a 26-year-old US southpaw, has fired back at Khan ahead…

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Filipino bodybuilders have the potential to excel in international bodybuilding contests, said bodybuilding luminary Shawn Rhoden of the International Federation of Body Building (IFBB). Rhoden is in the country to promote his tournament, the Shawn Rhoden Classic event today at the SM City North Edsa Skydome. “I’ve been to the…

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Filipino Jerome Romualdez bowed to No. 16 Vishu Prasad of India, 2-6, 4-6, in the second round of the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tennis Tournament 2013 being held at the National Tennis Complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Emil C. Noguera

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Marcus Douthit of Gilas Pilipinas signed an extension of his contract with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas timely for the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games in December and the 2014 FIBA World in Spain. Douthit led the Philippines to a silver medal finish in FIBA Asia championship in August. JOSEF T. RAMOS

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NEW YORK CITY: The Houston Rockets withstood a 45-point barrage from Carmelo Anthony on Thursday (Friday in Manila), holding on for a 109-106 NBA victory over the New York Knicks. Houston’s James Harden scored 36 points in his return from injury, and Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin enjoyed another triumph…

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LOS ANGELES: The Kansas City Chiefs put their 9-0 NFL record on the line Sunday against the 8-1 Denver Broncos in a mouthwatering AFC West division showdown. The Chiefs are the only unbeaten team remaining in the NFL this season. But despite their stunning turnaround from a league-worst 2-14 campaign…

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BELGRADE: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will face Radek Stepanek of holders the Czech Republic in the opening rubber of the Davis Cup final starting on Friday (Saturday in Manila), following Thursday’s draw. Djokovic, the world number two, will face 44th-ranked Stepanek on the hardcourt surface at the Belgrade Arena at 1500…

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SINGAPORE: Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said he would order the Filipino boxing great to retire if he suffers a bad loss in next week’s comeback fight against Brandon Rios. The flamboyant Roach backed Pacquiao for a fifth or sixth-round knockout of the American in their November 24 World Boxing…

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THE Letran Knights won 79-74, over defending champions San Beda College Red Lions to level the best-of-three titular series of the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament, 1-1, at The Arena in San Juan City on Thursday. Mark Cruz, Raymond Almazan, Kevin Racal and Mcjour Luib displayed determination…

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World champion Josie Gabuco is now ranked No. 1 in the International Boxing Association (AIBA) rankings for female boxers. Gabuco collected 1,305 points to top the 45-48 kilogram weight class. Indian Pinki Jangra is in second with 820 points followed by Xu Shiqi of China with 800 points and Kim…