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DR Congo given keys to CHAN success KINSHASA: Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila presented the country's African Nations Championship (CHAN) winners with a fleet of high-end 4x4s on Tuesday.Kabila symbolically handed over keys to the top of the range cars to DR Congo captain Joel Kimwaki and coach Florent Ibenge at a ceremony in Kinshasa witnessed by an AFP journalist.Kimwaki led his team to a one-sided 3-0 defeat of Mali in Sunday's final in Kigali, Rwanda.The players and officials were decorated with "Sporting Merit" medals at a reception at the presidential palace."May this trophy serve to forge peace and stability in our country," said Kabila at a time of fragile political stability.Despite its vast natural resources DR Congo is one of the least developed countries in the world with 77.2% of the population surviving on less than $1.90 (1.68 euros) a day, according to the latest figures from the World Bank.DR Congo became the first ...


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Bail hearing set for FIFA corruption scandal suspect NEW YORK: A US judge has scheduled a bail hearing for Wednesday for the only FIFA corruption scandal suspect still in custody in the United States.Judge Robert Levy will preside over the hearing for Eduardo Li, a Costa Rican, in a courthouse in Brooklyn, according to the judge's official agenda.Li, 57, is the former president of the Costa Rican Football Federation. He asked last week to be released on five million dollars bail, $300,000 of ...

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Sri Lanka stun India by five wickets in first T20 PUNE: Debutant Kasun Rajitha picked up three crucial wickets to help a depleted Sri Lanka stun the top-ranked Indians by clinching a five-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international in Pune Tuesday.Belying their status as underdogs, the inexperienced Sri Lankan pace attack skittled out their hosts for a paltry 101 in 18.5 overs, India's third lowest score in T20 cricket.After Rajitha took the wickets of India's first three batsman, Dasun Shanaka bagged three other top ...

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O'Brien and Kearney set for Irish returns DUBLIN: Flanker Sean O'Brien and full-back Rob Kearney look set to ease Ireland's injury troubles ahead of Saturday's trip to Paris in the Six Nations.Both players missed Sunday's 16-16 draw at home to Wales but should boost the reigning champions at the Stade de France in Paris."Sean O'Brien trained fully today," said assistant coach Richie Murphy on Tuesday."Rob Kearney took a part in training today and is being assessed by the medical team."He should train ...

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Sharapova to miss Fed Cup tie with Belarus MOSCOW: World number six Maria Sharapova will skip her country's upcoming Fed Cup play-off tie against Belarus, Russia's tennis federation said Tuesday. "Sharapova will definitely not play," R-Sport agency quoted Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev as saying. "She will be busy with tournaments in the US."Sharapova remained on course to compete at this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games after being named to Russia's doubles team for the country's Fed Cup first-round tie with the ...

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Springbok Pollard to miss Super-18 season JOHANNESBURG: South Africa international fly-half Handre Pollard will miss the entire Super Rugby season after rupturing knee ligaments, his Bulls side said on Tuesday.The 21-year-old suffered the injury on his first day back in training on Monday and will undergo surgery on Wednesday."Handre was easing back into training, his first phase of final rehab before being cleared to play and was busy with a passing drill when he injured himself," said Bulls coach Nollis Marais. ...

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Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets in 1st T20 PUNE: A depleted Sri Lankan side stunned India by beating the world number one ranked team by five wickets in the first Twenty20 international in Pune on Tuesday.Debutant medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka shared three wickets each to skittle out India for 101 in 18.5 overs, one of the host's lowest score in T20 cricket.Skipper Dinesh Chandimal then top-scored with a gutsy 35 to help the islanders reach their target with two overs to ...