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Ajax trail PSV by 5 points in Dutch league

Amsterdam, Feb 19 (IANS) AFC Ajax narrowed the gap to Dutch football league leaders PSV Eindhoven to five points after a 1-0 win over PEC Zwolle. With Eindhoven losing two points on Saturday, Ajax, who had 54 points, on Sunday needed a win to cut the deficit. In the first half, Ajax had several chances, but the visitors were not able to convert any of those, reported Xinhua news agency.<...

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Real Madrid stages strong second-half comeback over Betis

Seville (Spain), Feb 19 (IANS) Real Madrid mounted a second-half comeback to defeat Real Betis 5-3 as they remained fourth in the La Liga football championship on Sunday. Madrid were on Sunday evening down 1-2 at the break after two goals within four minutes -- one by Algeria's Aissa Mandi and the other an own-goal by the capital squad's Nacho, reported Efe. Both teams were great...

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Ice hockey body to consider keeping joint Korean team for next Olympics

Gangneung (South Korea), Feb 19 (IANS) Ice hockey's global governing body said on Monday that it will consider keeping the joint Korean women's team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), said at a press conference that he feels very, very happy about how the unified team has come together to represent peace at th...

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Ronaldinho reveals post-retirement plans

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 19 (IANS) Ronaldinho has outlined plans to focus on music, his football academy and a new mystery project as he prepares for life after football. The 37-year-old announced his retirement last month after a career that included a World Cup trophy, a UEFA Champions League title and two FIFA World Player of the Year awards, reported Xinhua news agency. Everybody ...

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Kodaira breaks Olympic record to win women's 500m speed skating

PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 18 (IANS) Nao Kodaira of Japan broke the Olympic record here on Sunday on her way to winning the women's 500 meters speed skating at the Winter Games. Having claimed victory in each of her last 15 World Cup appearances in the women's 500m from 2016 to 2018, reigning world champion Kodaira recorded a winning time of 36.94 seconds, shattering the old Olympic ...

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Czech, Russia, Sweden, Canada power into men's hockey quarter-finals

PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 18 (IANS) The Czech Republic, the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR), Canada and Sweden reached the quarter-finals of the men's ice hockey at the PyeongChang Olympics on Sunday. Czech beat Switzerland 4-1 to top Group A and the OAR entered the final eight by finishing the first in Group B, reports Xinhua news agency. In a confrontation between the So...

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Juventus regain Serie A lead with 1-0 win over Torino

Turin, Feb 18 (IANS) Six-time defending champions Juventus on Sunday won the derby against Torino 1-0 to provisionally jump to the top of the Serie A table. Juventus registered their ninth straight victory in the Italian football league to regain the lead in the standings, even though forward Gonzalo Higuain left the field in the 15th minute due to an ankle problem, reports Efe. ...

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Sociedad extend Levante's winless run with 3-0 victory in La Liga

San Sebastian (Spain), Feb 18 (IANS) Real Sociedad on Sunday defeated Levante 3-0, extending their winless run to 12 matches in the La Liga football championship. Real Sociedad's Xabi Prieto got his team on the scoreboard 10 minutes into the game after successfully converting a penalty, reports Efe. Juan Miguel Jimenez Lopez, best known as Juanmi, doubled Real Sociedad's tally in...

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Fourcade wins most gold medals in French Olympic history

PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 18 (IANS) French biathlete Martin Fourcade made history on Sunday when he won his fourth Olympic gold medal in a dramatic photo finish in the men's biathlon 15-kilometre mass start at the Winter Olympics here. Fourcade is now France's most decorated athlete in either the Summer or Winter Games, reports Efe. The historic win was extremely close, with...

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Anderson to face Querrey in New York Open final

New York, Feb 18 (IANS) South Africa's Kevin Anderson and American Sam Querrey will play in the final of the New York Open at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island. Querrey, the No. 2 seed, advanced to the tennis championship match by defeating France's Adrian Mannarino, the No. 4 seed, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-3 in the first semi-final on Saturday, reports Efe. Anderson...

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UP Strikers clinch Indian Wheelchair Cricket League

Gurugram, Feb 18 (IANS) UP Strikers clinched the trophy, defeating Delhi Sultans by four runs in the Indian Wheelchair Cricket League, which concluded here on Sunday. The three-day tournament will now be followed by the Asia Cup towards the end of the year which would entail the participation of six countries. After winning the toss, Delhi elected to bowl. UP Strikers put up a fo...

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After ODI triumph, Team India and Kohli look different

There is a marked difference in the India team from the time they started their tour of South Africa and now when they are about to end it. They wear the look of champions. There is also a change in the tone and tenor of skipper Virat Kohli when he takes on the media after the One-Day Internationals (ODI) series. The team played aggressive cricket and handed South Africa a 5-1 ma...

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Hirscher doubles up with giant slalom gold at Winter Olympics

PyeongChang, Feb 18 (IANS) Austrian Alpine skiing great Marcel Hirscher won his second gold medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games as he claimed the men's giant slalom title here on Sunday. Hirscher, who won the combined event on Tuesday, maintained his top place after the first run and posted the winning total of 2 minutes and 18.04 seconds, reports Xinhua news agency. He...

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Olympic champion Kipruto handed Commonwealth wild card

Nairobi, Feb 18 (IANS) Athletics Kenya (AK) has handed Olympic and world steeplechase champion, Conseslus Kipruto, a wild card to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Kipruto who won the men water and barriers race at the Rio 2016 Olympics and the London 2017 worlds was taken ill on Friday and was advised by doctors to skip competition, reports Xinhua news age...

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Brazilian striker Tardelli keen to extend Shandong Luneng deal

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 18 (IANS) Shandong Luneng striker Diego Tardelli has denied speculation linking him with Corinthians and revealed a desire to extend his contract with the Chinese Super League club. The declaration follows media reports in Brazil claiming that the reigning Brazilian Serie A champions have made an offer to sign the 32-year-old for the 2018 season, reports Xinhua news a...

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Bayern win, Hamburg lose in Bundesliga

Berlin, Feb 18 (IANS) Runaway leaders Bayern Munich continue their winning run to stay atop the standings after beating Wolfsburg 2-1 whereas struggling Hamburg lost 1-2 to Bayer Leverkusen in the 23rd round of the Bundesliga. The German record champions carved out a 2-1 win over the Wolves, who gave away a one-goal lead to suffer their third straight defeat on Saturday, reports Xinhua n...

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PSG defeat Strasbourg in Ligue 1

Paris, Feb 18 (IANS) Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from its Champions League loss this week to defeat Strasbourg 5-2 here in the 26th round of the French football league. Jean-Eudes Aholou opened the scoring for Strasbourg at Parc des Princes Stadium with a goal in the sixth minute, but PSG midfielder Julian Draxler netted the equaliser five minutes later on Saturday, reports Efe news...

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Egypt court jails 65 Morsi loyalists up to 10 years

Cairo, Feb 18 (IANS) An Egyptian court sentenced on Saturday 65 loyalists of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi up to 10 years in prison over inciting anti-state riots, protests and violence. Zagazig Criminal Court sentenced 44 defendants to 10 years in jail and 21 to two years while acquitting eight of the said charges, Xinhua reported. The convicts are mostly members and s...

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Sevilla beat struggling Las Palmas in La Liga

Gran Canaria (Spain), Feb 17 (IANS) Sevilla on Saturday pulled off their second victory in a row, defeating Las Palmas 2-1 in the 24th round of La Liga football championship. Sevilla now have 39 points and are provisionally in fifth position, three points behind La Liga defending champions Real Madrid, while Las Palmas remain provisionally in 18th, reports Efe. Wissam Ben Yedder ...

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Kuzmina tastes third Winter Olympic gold in biathlon mass start

PyeongChang, Feb 17 (IANS) Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia won her third gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games with her victory in biathlon women's 12.5km mass start at the PyeongChang Games here on Saturday. Kuzmina has equalled for the most gold medals in Summer and Winter Games representing Slovakia, after she clocked a match-best 35 minutes and 23 seconds with just one penalty in sho...

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