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Dnipro Europa League campaign cheers war-torn Ukraine KIEV: Just several hundred kilometres from their home stadium a brutal conflict has claimed thousands of lives, but now Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk have given war-wracked Ukraine a rare reason to cheer by reaching the Europa League final. The team have had to play their home European games in the capital Kiev as bloody clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels raged in neighbouring regions to the east. But despite the turmoil -- and a hefty injury crisis -- the two-time former Soviet champions have navigated their way to their first European cup final."We've been playing for the entire Ukraine," Dnipro's manager Myron Markevich said after his side reached the May 27 final by beating Napoli. "I'd like to dedicate our triumph to those who are currently in the conflict zone in the East of Ukraine."This season Dnipro, who have never made it past the quarter-final stage in Europe, have beaten the ...

Short-handed Cavs dominate to stretch series lead over Hawks ATLANTA: The Cleveland Cavaliers barely missed injured Kyrie Irving on Friday as they cruised to a 94-82 victory over Atlanta and a commanding lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James fueled the win, falling one rebound shy of a triple-double with 30 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.The Cavaliers notched their second straight victory on the Hawks' home court, holding the Eastern Conference top seeds to 41.8 percent shooting ...

FIFA candidates targeted in blackmail scam: report SINGAPORE: Two men who launched challenges to Sepp Blatter for the leadership of world football body FIFA have been targeted in an attempted blackmail scam, a report said on Saturday.Prince Ali bin al Hussein and Michael van Praag, who has now pulled out of the race, were both approached by Kenya-based conmen who said Blatter had gathered sensitive information about them.Singapore's The New Paper and Dutch daily De Volkskrant said the men demanded money to ...

Chigumbura leads Zimbabwe to 172-6 in Twenty20 LAHORE: Captain Elton Chigumbura hit a career best 54 to lead Zimbabwe to 172-6 in the first Twent20 international, a match which marks the return of international cricket in Pakistan after six years. Chigumbura hit eight boundaries and a six in his 35-ball knock after Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat.Opener Hamilton Masakadza scored 43 while Pakistan's recalled paceman Mohammad Sami took three wickets.Pakistan had not hosted any international cricket since terrorists attacks ...

President shakes hands with players in Gaddafi Stadium LAHORE: President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday watched first T20 match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe as a chief guest here in Gaddafi Stadium.The president shaked hands with all players and staff one by one while the skippers, Shahid Afridi and Elton Chigumbora, introduced their teams.Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Shehryar Khan and Punjab Sports Minister Rana Mashood were also present.Later, national anthems of both countries were played in a capacity packed stadium. Copyright APP (Associated Press of ...

Lahoris throng Gaddafi Stadium LAHORE: The city remained in the grip of cricket fever on Friday as people thronged Gaddafi Stadium forgetting hot weather to watch T20 between Zimbabwe and Pakistan.In many localities, youths had made arrangements for large screen television sets so that people of their area could enjoy the match.The city wore a deserted look on evening as many shops and small markets in different localities remained closed and public transport remained thin. Only a few private ...

Weary Sharks hang on for gutsy win over Reds BRISBANE: The battle-weary Coastal Sharks held on with some help from the Queensland Reds to end their four-match Australasian Super Rugby tour with a 21-14 win in Brisbane on Friday.The Sharks, their playing ranks fully stretched by injuries after a sapping tour, looked under pressure when the Reds pulled to within two points with 30 minutes to go.But the gritty South Africans were gifted a match-clinching second try to scrum-half Stefan Ungerer, who couldn't believe ...


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