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Golf: Furyk named USA Ryder Cup captain facing 25-year jinx PARIS: Jim Furyk was named on Wednesday as captain of the United States Ryder Cup team to face Europe in 2018 when the showdown is held at Le Golf National near Paris and where his team will look to end a 25-year jinx.The 46-year-old succeeds Davis Love, who guided the United States to a 17-11 rout of Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota last year, when Furyk was a vice-captain.Europe will be skippered by Denmark's Thomas Bjorn for the tie which will be held from September 28-30 in 2018 and when the US will look for a first win on foreign soil since 1993.Furyk, who played in nine successive Ryder Cups from 1997 to 2014, will bring plenty of experience to the role having won the 2003 US Open and 17 USPGA tour titles."This is such an honour. I'm actually a little overwhelmed," Furyk told a press conference."It's no secret, it's ...

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Boxing legend Manny Pacquio coming to encourage Karachiites Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has invited Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao to visit Karachi. Pacquiao, hailed as one of the best boxers in the game, would provide guidance and encouragement to the amateur boxers of Lyari.Shah extended this invitation while meeting with the Philippines Ambassador to Pakistan Daniel Ramos Espiritu at CM House on Tuesday.Pacquiao, who has been holding the WBO and lineal welterweight titles since 2016, is currently in his third reign ...

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Champion boxer Waseem finally gets reward he rightfully deserves! Waseem Khan, the boxer who made Pakistan proud after becoming World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver flyweight champion back in 2014, is finally getting his due share of recognition as the government of Pakistan approved on Wednesday the Rs30 million grant announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.Waseem aka Falcon Khan has been on cloud nine since successfully defending his title against Philippines Giemel Magramo, back in November last year. It was learnt, that the Rs3 crore ...

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Recharged Bouchard sets up Sydney semi with Konta SYDNEY: Eugenie Bouchard reached her first semi-final for 10 months as she battled intense heat to down higher-ranked Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Sydney International on Wednesday.The former Wimbledon finalist wore down the 27th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in 76 minutes to set up a semi-final with Britain's world number 10 Johanna Konta.It will be the 49th-ranked Canadian's first WTA Tour semi-final since the Malaysian Open in March last year."It's a good step in the right ...

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Muller beats heat to close in on another Sydney semi SYDNEY: Gilles Muller beat the heat to be one match away from a third straight semi-final appearance at the Sydney International following a big-serving victory over Australian Matt Barton on Wednesday.The sixth seed from Luxembourg prevailed over Barton 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 as temperatures nudged 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) to reach the quarter-finals.Muller, who lost to Grigor Dimitrov in last year's semi-final, will next face Uruguayan second seed Pablo Cuevas, who overcame Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, ...

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Sharapova to make comeback after doping ban in Stuttgart BERLIN: Five-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova will return to competitive action following a 15-month doping ban at the Stuttgart Grand Prix in April, the Russian said on Tuesday. The Florida-based Sharapova was originally banned for two years after testing positive for meldonium at last year's Australian Open. The former world number one, one of the highest paid athletes in the world in the past decade, admitted she had used meldonium for years and was ...

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Top-ranked Kerber stunned by Russian teen SYDNEY: Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina put Angelique Kerber's Australian Open preparations in a spin with a straight-sets upset win over the world number one at the Sydney International on Tuesday.The 19-year-old, ranked 26, underlined her huge potential with a confident performance to take out the German, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in a second-round match played in sweltering conditions.Only last week Kasatkina held a match point before going down to French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in the ...