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Howe shows steady progress following stem cell treatment LOS ANGELES: Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe has made an "astonishing" recovery after receiving stem cell treatment earlier this month from a Mexico-based medical firm, the Howe family said on Friday.The 86-year-old Hall of Famer, who suffers from severe dementia, has gone from being bedridden in a semi-comatose state to walking on his own and doing daily chores as he "shuffles" around his daughter's Texas home, the family said in a statement. "We are thrilled that Dad's quality of life has greatly improved, and his progress has exceeded our greatest expectations," the family wrote.Howe underwent two days of a stem cell clinical trial from Tijuana-based firm Novastem. Two days after the start of treatment Howe was talking to the nurses, the family said.After three days he left the hospital and walked on his own to the airplane, and after five days he was "taking part in helping out with ...

Australia beat India by 4 wickets BRISBANE: Australia beat India by four wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series at the Gabba on Saturday.The Australians won with a day to spare after paceman Mitchell Johnson tilted the balance with a devastating spell of three wickets for 10 off 11 balls to put the skids under India's second innings.India were dismissed for 224 to leave Australia with the task of 128 runs for victory.They made heavy weather of it, ...

FIFA to ban third-party player ownership MARRAKECH: FIFA will ban third-party ownership of players from May 1 next year, ending a system which critics claim breeds corruption but whose advocates insist is a crucial financial lifeline for poorer clubs."The ban will come into force on May 1, 2015," said a FIFA statement following a decision taken by the world body's executive committee on Friday."Existing agreements shall continue to be in place until their contractual expiry. New agreements made between 1 January ...

West Indies 76-2, trail South Africa CENTURION: West Indies were 76-2 in their second innings, still 275 behind South Africa at stumps on the third day of the first Test at Centurion on Friday.South Africa made 552-5 declared before dismissing the tourists for 201.The home side then enforced the follow-on.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

New Zealand score 275-4 in fifth ODI ABU DHABI: New Zealand, who won the toss and batted, made 275-4 in their 50 overs in the fifth and final day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.With the series on line after being 2-2, Kane Williamson hit 97 with eight boundaries while Ross Taylor made 95-ball 88 not out with five boundaries and a six. Pakistan won the first and third matches while New Zealand took the second and fourth games.Pakistan were ...

Williamson, Taylor lift New Zealand to 275-4 ABU DHABI: Kane Williamson missed a second successive hundred while Ross Taylor made an unbeaten 88 to steer New Zealand to 275-4 in the fifth and final day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.With the fate of the series, at 2-2, hanging on this match Williamson batted with responsibility for his 13th half-century during his 97 while Taylor scored his 27th fifty after New Zealand won the toss and batted at Sheikh Zayed ...

Mourinho urges Hazard to deliver Chelsea success COBHAM: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists Eden Hazard must help the club win more titles if he is to join the ranks of their greatest players.Hazard's value to Mourinho's side will be confirmed when he puts pen to paper on a lucrative new five-year contract.The Belgian international, signed for £32 million (40.8m euros, $50m) from Lille in 2012, was criticised by his manager towards the end of last season when Chelsea fell short in their ...


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