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Chinese Olympic-goers victims of 'frequent' theft in Rio BEIJING: Chinese Olympic-goers have been victims of "frequent" theft in Brazil, China's foreign ministry said Friday in a warning to its citizens abroad to take greater safety precautions ahead of the Rio Games.Athletes, members of the Chinese Olympic Delegation, media staff and tourist had all recently fallen prey to "frequent theft and... armed robbery" in Brazil, where the summer games open next week, the ministry said in a statement urging greater caution on its official website. Chinese citizens were told to "avoid visiting slums and secluded places alone" and not to "go out with backpacks, wear jewelry and watches of well-known brands, or use mobile phones while walking", among other measures. People were also instructed to "keep calm" if robbed, and avoid physical altercations with thieves.Brazil has bolstered security for the August 5-21 Olympics. Brazilian officials arrested a man in Rio on terrorism charges Friday and caught 12 others affiliated ...

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Formula One: Alonso downplays row over yellow flags HOCKENHEIM: Fernando Alonso says Formula One's latest controversy over interpretation of yellow flags became a major issue only because it involved world championship challenger Nico Rosberg. The two-time world champion Spaniard said that during his time in Formula One yellow flags were never a problem -- except if a driver is chasing the world title. "I've been racing 16 years in F1," said Alonso. "There were never issues, apart from when you're fighting for the ...

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Kaymer, Stenson set for early charge at rainy PGA SPRINGFIELD: British Open champion Henrik Stenson and two-time major winner Martin Kaymer were set to make early second-round charges at leader Jimmy Walker under rainy skies Friday at the PGA Championship.Play resumed at the 7,428-yard Baltusrol layout under rain and overcast skies, overnight downpours softening a course already hit with more than two inches of rain on Monday, and storms were predicted to dampen the event through the weekend.Walker, a 37-year-old American, fired a five-under ...

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Venus out as Keys advances in Montreal MONTREAL: Venus Williams tumbled out in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday, suffering an upset loss to Madison Keys in her final tournament before the Olympics.The sixth-seeded Williams was beaten 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3 by 10th seed Keys, who will now face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter-finals.Williams, 36, looked well below her best as Keys raced away with the first set before forging a 3-1 lead in the second.However Williams, ...

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Djokovic advances over showman Stepanek TORONTO: Novak Djokovic stopped tennis showman Radek Stepanek on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-4 victory to march into the quarter-finals of the Toronto Masters. The top seed and three-time Canadian titleholder won in a light-hearted match-up with one of the characters of the ATP Tour as the 37-year-old Stepanek kept the crowd entertained with extravagant shot-making.Several times, the Czech took victory laps around the court after winning shots, often to the delight of Djokovic, who ...

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ATP Toronto results TORONTO: Results on Thursday in the Toronto ATP Masters hardcourt tennis tournament (x denotes seeded player):3rd rdKei Nishikori (JPN x3) bt Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-3, 6-4Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Contador returns for San Sebastian Classic MADRID: Spanish rider Alberto Contador will return to competition in the San Sebastian Classic in the Basque country on Saturday, three weeks after a fall ended his Tour de France ambitions.The 33-year-old Tinkoff rider, a two-time Tour de France champion, quit cycling's most famous race during the ninth stage after crashing on both of the opening two stages, suffering injuries including down his right side.Contador has never won the the classic which covers 220km of ...