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Laffor treble fires Sundowns to title JOHANNESBURG: Liberian Anthony Laffor scored a hat-trick to give Mamelodi Sundowns a 3-0 win at Pretoria University Wednesday and a record-extending seventh South African Premiership title.The tall, slim 31-year-old midfielder scored after three, 20 and 59 minutes at Tuks Stadium to give the Pretoria club an unassailable eight-point lead over Wits with two rounds remaining. Sundowns pocketed a 10 million rand ($670,000, 590,000 euros) first prize in the richest African national football championship.They and runners-up Wits will represent South Africa in the CAF Champions League, a competition that has brought only heartache for Sundowns since finishing as 2001 runners-up.Given a rare start during a season in which he has been hampered by injuries, Laffor took full advantage to move second-bottom Pretoria closer to relegation.The Liberian converted a Mzikayise Mashaba cross to give Sundowns the perfect start and tapped in a cross from Zimbabwean Khama Billiat at the far post for ...

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ATP and WTA results from Madrid - 5th update MADRID: Results on Wednesday in the ATP Madrid Masters and WTA Madrid Open (x denotes seeding):Men2nd rdNovak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Borna Coric (CRO) 6-2, 6-4Roberto Bautista (ESP x15) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 5-7, 7-5Tomas Berdych (CZE x8) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-3, 6-3Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x4) 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/2)Kei Nishikori (JPN x6) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5Sam Querrey (USA) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, ...

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Maturing Kyrgios knocks Wawrinka out of Madrid Open LONDON: Australian Nick Kyrgios let his tennis do the talking against Stanislas Wawrinka as he knocked the fourth seed out of the Madrid Open with a scintillating display on Wednesday.Last year the 20-year-old got a suspended 28-day ban and $25,000 fine after making lurid remarks about Swiss Wawrinka's girlfriend during their match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.Kyrgios, who has had several brushes with authority, was widely criticised, but his 7-6(7) 7-6(2) second round victory ...

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Kenya coach sees no pressure on sevens squad NAIROBI: Kenya Sevens coach Benjamin Ayimba says his team will be under no pressure in the final two rounds of the World Series following their historic win in Singapore last month.Three top players, including star forward Oscar Ouma and fly half Biko have been ruled out through injuries from the Paris and London legs, but Ayimba believes the two tournaments will give other young players the chance to prove themselves ahead of the Rio Olympics, ...

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Ex-Scotland scrum-half Cusiter hangs up boots LONDON: Former Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter announced his retirement from professional rugby on Wednesday with immediate effect.Cusiter, 33, joined English Premiership side Sale after previous stints with Glasgow, Border Reivers and Perpignan, with whom he won the French Top 14 championship in 2009.He won 70 caps for Scotland between 2004 and 2014 and toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions in 2005."This is the right time to hang up my boots and move ...

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Injured Ararenka pulls out of Madrid MADRID: Fourth seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew with lower back pain from the Madrid Open on Wednesday, handing a place in the quarter-finals to qualifier Louisa Chirico.Azarenka from Belarus, winner of back-to-back March titles at Indian Wells and Miami, had advanced at the Caja Magica with a pair of straight-set wins, losing just 11 games.The WTA number five lost Madrid finals in 2011 and 2012.Her pullout came on the day that holder and two-time champion Petra ...

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ATP and WTA results from Madrid MADRID: Results on Wednesday in the ATP Madrid Masters and WTA Madrid Open:Men's singles2nd roundRoberto Bautista (ESP x15) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 5-7, 7-5Tomas Berdych (CZE x8) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-3, 6-3Women's singles3rd roundLouisa Chirico (USA) bt Victoria Azarenka (BLR x4)- walkoverDaria Gavrilova (AUS) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x5) 6-3, 6-4Irina Begu (ROM) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-4Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...