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Blanc extends PSG contract until 2018 PARIS: Paris St-Germain said Thursday that coach Laurent Blanc has extended his contract until 2018, giving him a free rein for the tough Champions League campaign ahead.Blanc's current deal runs out at the end of the season and the club's wealthy Qatari owners moved to tie in the 50-year-old to a new contract without waiting to see how the side do in looming decisive Champions League clashes.Paris play Chelsea in the last 16, with the first leg next week."Quite simply, we need to look to the future, that's the way I see it," said Blanc after the new deal, which he called "a strong show of faith.""I'm very happy, also for my staff. A coach is nothing without his staff. For us, continuing the adventure is a show of faith but also a big responsibility."The club has ambitions both nationally and in Europe, and we'll do all we can to ...


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WTA Taiwan Open results TAIPEI: Results from the WTA Taiwan Open in Kaohsiung on Thursday (x denotes seeding):Women's singles2nd rndVenus Williams (USA x1) bt Urszula Radwanska (POL) 6-4, 6-2Stefanie Voegele (SUI) bt Zheng Saisai (CHN x5) 6-4, 6-4Hsieh Su-wei (TPE x6) bt Mandy Minella (LUX) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2Misaki Doi (JPN x2) bt Magda Linette (POL) 6-2, 6-3Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016

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Cilic battles through in Rotterdam ROTTERDAM: Marin Cilic fought through to the Rotterdam World Tennis quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) defeat of Luxembourg veteran Gilles Muller on Wednesday.Victory in the two-hour meeting sent the second-seeded Croatian into a last-eight battle with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, a winner over Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-2.Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, was out-aced by the 40th-ranked Muller, nine to eight in a match without a single break of serve.Cilic was runner-up ...

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Haraguchi ends Hertha's 35-year wait to reach cup semis BERLIN: Hertha Berlin ended their 35-year wait to reach the German Cup semi-finals on Wednesday as Japan midfielder Genki Haraguchi sealed their 3-2 win at snowy second-division side Heidenheim.The hosts took an early lead when defender Arne Feick was left unmarked from a free-kick to head home on 10 minutes.But Hertha's Vedad Ibisevic netted twice to put Berlin 2-1 up after 21 minutes as heavy snow fell in southern Germany.Haraguchi scored what proved to be ...

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Steyn in South Africa squad for World T20 JOHANNESBURG: South Africa have named fast bowler Dale Steyn in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in India next month, but will ask him to prove his fitness following a debilitating shoulder injury.Steyn, a key component of the South African bowling line-up, has missed most of the 2015/16 season with first a groin strain and then a shoulder problem that has required intensive treatment."Dale's return is very good news," convenor of selectors Linda Zondi ...

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Egypt's Zamalek sack coach Mido after Ahly loss CAIRO: Egyptian giants Zamalek have sacked their coach Ahmed Hossam, known as Mido, after losing 2-0 to arch-rivals Al Ahly in the Cairo derby.The club, which suffered the defeat on Tuesday, also sacked football director Hazem Emam and appointed Mohamed Salah as interim coach.Mido, who had also played with Tottenham Hotspur, was Zamalek's star striker before retiring in 2013.The club appointed him as coach in January 2014.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016

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Curry magic as Warriors down Rockets OAKLAND: Steph Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games on Tuesday.Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry scored 35 points in a pulsating battle in Oakland to take the Warriors' record to 47-4 for the season.The highlight of Curry's latest masterclass was his role in a remarkable passage of play in the third quarter, when he ...