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Chinese fans laud departing coach Lippi BEIJING: Chinese football fans and media heaped praise on Italy's World Cup winning-coach Marcello Lippi Friday, after he resigned from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande following three trophy-laden years.Evergrande, one of Asia's richest clubs, have taken the last four Chinese Super League titles, three of them under Lippi, and won the Asian Champions League in 2013.Lippi had already stepped aside as team coach in November, to be replaced by Fabio Cannavaro, his captain for the 2006 World Cup triumph in Germany, but stayed on as technical director. Evergrande said in a statement that the 66-year-old had asked to end his contract early for "health and family reasons", and the club had agreed.It praised him as "a great tactician, a gentleman and a huge contributor to Chinese soccer.""A gentleman with a great personality, Lippi is also a football messenger and a beloved friend to hundreds of millions of Chinese fans," it said.Lippi ...

'King' James and Cavs rule Warriors CLEVELAND: LeBron James posted a season-high 42 points with 11 rebounds and five assists on Thursday to lead Cleveland to a 110-99 NBA victory over league-leading Golden State.In a game touted as a possible NBA finals preview, James insisted the Cavaliers weren't out to make a statement against the Warriors, but they did so nevertheless.Cleveland avenged a 112-94 loss to the Warriors in January as they notched their fourth straight victory and an 18th win ...

Rafael Nadal visits Buenos Aires children BUENOS AIRES: Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal visited a poor neighborhood in Buenos Aires Thursday and exchanged a few volleys with excited children.In a T-shirt and high socks, the 14-time grand slam champion played on clay courts with a handful of boys and then offered autographs to the 100 children who came out for the event with the star. Nadal also played doubles with the mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri.Nadal is in the country ...

Earl Lloyd, league's first black player, dies LOS ANGELES: Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in a National Basketball Association game, has died at the age of 86.Friends of the Lloyd family called the WXYZ television station in Detroit to report Lloyd's death, which was later confirmed by his alma mater, West Virginia State University."The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court," university ...

McIlroy struggles in wind, unheralded Herman leads PALM BEACH GARDENS: World number one Rory McIlroy battled to a three-over-par 73 at a windswept Honda Classic on Thursday in his first US PGA Tour start of 2015.Given the daunting conditions, which saw only 19 players break par, the Northern Irishman wasn't too disappointed with an effort that left him eight shots off the pace set by Tour graduate Jim Herman."I'm coming off a three-week break, tough conditions to come back in," McIlroy ...

Schalke, Dortmund clash in 'Germany's top derby' BERLIN: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has compared it to an orgasm, Marco Reus says losing it is forbidden, but Schalke's Marco Hoeger simply believes Saturday's clash at Borussia Dortmund is Germany's biggest derby. With just 35 kilometres separating Dortmund from Gelsenkirchen-based Schalke, the Ruhr Valley derby at Borussia's Westfalenstadion is perfectly poised with 30 wins for each side and 25 draws in their 85 previous meetings."In Germany, there is simply nothing bigger," Schalke midfielder Hoeger told"To ...

Flatlining Falcao eyes Sunderland opportunity MANCHESTER: Radamel Falcao is expected to return for Manchester United as Louis van Gaal's side attempt to preserve their position in the Premier League's top four against Sunderland on Saturday.Colombia striker Falcao's future is far from certain, with the 29-year-old having failed to make a significant impact since joining United on loan from Monaco at the start of the season.He has scored four goals in 16 league matches and was an unused substitute in United's ...


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