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Striker Bojan signs new Stoke contract LONDON: Stoke City's Spanish striker Bojan Krkic has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.Bojan, capped once by Spain, signed from Barcelona in July 2014 and made an encouraging start to life at the Britannia Stadium, only to be struck down by a serious knee injury in January last year.But the 25-year-old returned in August and has played an important role in Stoke's season, scoring five times to take his overall tally for the club to 10 goals in 41 appearances."I am very happy and motivated," Bojan told the Stoke website. "Stoke City gave me the opportunity to play in the most competitive league in the world, the Premier League, and I have only words of gratitude for their trust and for the way they have treated me since the first day I arrived to England."Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: "Bojan has made no ...

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France team to face Ireland in the Six Nations PARIS: - France manager Guy Noves on Thursday named the following team to face Ireland in the Six Nations at the Stade de France on Saturday: 1-Jefferson Poirot, 2-Guilhem Guirado (captain), 3-Uini Atonio, 4-Alexandre Flanquart, 5-Yoann Maestri, 6-Wenceslas Lauret, 7-Yacouba Camara, 8-Damien Chouly, 9-Sebastien Bezy, 10-Jules Plisson, 11-Virimi Vakatawa, 12-Jonathan Danty, 13-Maxime Mermoz, 14-Teddy Thomas, 15-Maxime Medard Replacements: 16-Camille Chat, 17-Rabah Slimani, 18-Eddy Ben Arous, 19-Paul Jedrasiak, 20-Loann Goujon, 21-Maxime Machenaud, 22-Jean-Marc Doussain, 23-Hugo Bonneval ...

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Top seed Nishikori, qualifier Nishioka advance LOS ANGELES: Three-time defending champion Kei Nishikori and Japanese compatriot Yoshihito Nishioka, a 130th-ranked qualifier, advanced to the quarter-finals of the ATP Memphis Open on Wednesday with straight-sets triumphs.Top seed Nishikori defeated 124th-ranked Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-5 to book a last-eight date against Kazakstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in the indoor hardcourt tournament.Seventh-ranked Nishikori beat the American in the second round at Memphis for the second year in a row. Nishikori also won their only other prior ...

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No mercy for Kobe in Cleveland farewell LOS ANGELES: LeBron James spoiled Kobe Bryant's Cleveland finale on Wednesday as the Cavaliers cruised past the Los Angeles Lakers in a victory overshadowed by an injury to Kevin Love.Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and James added 29 as the Cavs romped home 120-111 against the Lakers as the Cleveland fans bade a fond farewell to the retiring Bryant.Bryant finished with 17 points and six rebounds while shooting just five of 16.However the Cavaliers victory ...

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All Blacks guru Smith tight-lipped about Harlequins role WELLINGTON: New Zealand coaching maestro Wayne Smith was Thursday tight-lipped about his future but confirmed he had options as reports claimed he had been lined up to join English side Harlequins. The Times in London earmarked the 58-year-old to replace current Harlequins coach Conor O'Shea who is set to leave the club at the end of this season. "No comment really," Smith told Radio Sport when questioned about a Harlequins deal. "I'm considering several options ...

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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 ...