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Rosberg on pole in Russia as Hamilton hits trouble SOCHI: Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg secured pole position for the Russian Grand Prix after Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton suffered more misfortune in Saturday's qualifying.The German, chasing his seventh successive win, will be joined on the front row by Finland's Valtteri Bottas in a Williams. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel qualified second but has a five-place grid penalty.Hamilton, the world champion and winner in Russia for the past two years but 36 points behind Rosberg after three races, did not take part in the final phase after a power unit problem. He is set to start 10th.Mercedes said it was the same failure that the Briton had experienced in China two weeks ago, where he failed to set a lap time in qualifying and started at the back of the grid.Hamilton had already been summoned to see stewards after qualifying for failing to follow the race director's instructions at turn ...

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Piller grabs lead at weather-hit LPGA Texas Shootout LOS ANGELES: Gerina Piller tapped in for birdie at the final hole on Friday to take a one-shot second-round lead in the weather-disrupted LPGA Texas Shootout in Dallas, Texas.The American landed her approach at 18 two feet from the pin and rolled in the putt for her sixth birdie of a bogey-free day. Her 10-under total of 132 gave her a one-shot lead over South Korean Ji Eun-Hee, who had six birdies and a bogey ...

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Murray insists Djokovic can be beaten as big four reunite in Madrid MADRID: World number one Novak Djokovic returns to the Madrid Masters for the first time in three years, aiming to forget his blip at the Monte Carlo Masters with a strong challenge expected from a resurgent Rafael Nadal. Djokovic was stunned in his opening match in Monte Carlo by the unheralded Czech Jiri Vesely, to lose for the first time in 2016 other than when he was forced to retire with an eye infection against ...

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Aguilar holds on to China Open lead BEIJING: Chilean Felipe Aguilar held on to his overnight lead as the weather-delayed second round of the Volvo China Open was completed in Beijing on Saturday morning.The world number 477 fired a seven-under-par 65 on Friday to move to 11-under 133 overall before the second round was suspended because of the threat of lightning at Topwin Golf and Country Club.When play resumed on Saturday, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Swede Alex Noren were joined in second ...

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Vegas shares lead at rain-hit Zurich Classic MIAMI: Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas shot a three-under 69 to grab a share of the clubhouse lead after the second round of the rain-delayed Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday.Vegas is tied with American Jamie Lovemark at 11-under as the second round of the USPGA Tour event was suspended because of darkness.All of the afternoon starters were still on the course when play was stopped for the evening. They will return to complete the second ...

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Trail Blazers sink Clippers in six games LOS ANGELES: The Portland Trail Blazers closed out the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers in six games on Friday night, while the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat both lived to fight another day.Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 46 points to lead the Trail Blazers past the Clippers 106-103 at Portland's Moda Center.Lillard scored 26 points and McCollum added 20 as the Trail Blazers closed out the Clippers in six games in their first-round NBA ...

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Japan's moustache rebel orchestrates record romp YOKOHAMA: Rampant Japan pulverised South Korea 85-0 in their Asian Rugby Championship opener on Saturday, giving the national set-up a boost after stuttering progress since last year's World Cup heroics.Dubbed "Baby Japan" with 17 uncapped players drafted in and not one member of their World Cup squad available due to club commitments overseas, the new-look Japanese side romped to a record victory over the Koreans with embarrassing ease.Fly-half Ryohei Yamanaka, who was dropped for the ...