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Flanagan ends Cruz title dream CARDIFF: Orlando Cruz failed Saturday in his bid to become boxing's first openly gay world champion when Terry Flanagan defeated him to defend the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) lightweight title in Cardiff.The 35-year-old Puerto Rican Cruz had fought nine professional bouts since publicly revealing his sexuality in 2012 and hopes his example may encourage anyone else wishing to come out.Saturday's bout was Cruz's first as a lightweight after he previously lost a world featherweight title fight against Orlando Salido in Las Vegas in October 2013.Britain's Flanagan triumphed in Cardiff as he made a fourth successful defence of the crown he first wore in July last year, stopping his rival in the eighth round after controlling the show from the first bell.Cruz did all he could in dancing around, his agility making the more stolid Flanagan work for his 32nd win as the latter maintained his unbeaten ring record.For Cruz, his ...

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Alpine skiing: Vonn says arm break was most painful injury of career KILLINGTON: Lindsey Vonn has had one major injury after another but she says shattering her arm in a training crash earlier this month was the most excruciating pain she has felt in her ski racing career.The winningest female World Cup racer in history severely fractured the humerus bone in her right arm during a training session on November 10 at Copper Mountain in Colorado."It was by far the most painful injury I have ever had ...

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RugbyU: 'Profoundly disappointing season' prompts Bok shake-up CARDIFF: No sooner had Wales beaten South Africa 27-13 in Cardiff to end a wretched 2016 for the Springboks then the president of SA Rugby announced plans for a review and governance overhaul.Saturday's result, just South Africa's third defeat by Wales, saw the Springboks post an eighth loss in 12 Tests in 2016 -- their worst record for a full season since their return from apartheid-induced isolation.This year also saw the twice world champions suffer ...

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RugbyU: Barrett guides All Blacks past France PARIS: World player of the year Beauden Barrett helped stretch New Zealand's winning streak over France to 10 games with a hard-fought but ultimately comfortable 24-19 victory on Saturday.The victory rounded off an incredible year for the All Blacks, the team having notched up 13 wins in 14 matches as well as taking the Rugby Championship title with two rounds to play, and also equalling the record unbeaten streak of 18 games, started in 2015.The ...

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RugbyU: New Zealand beat France 24-19 PARIS: World player of the year Beauden Barrett helped stretch New Zealand's winning streak over France to 10 games with a hard-fought but ultimately comfortable 24-19 victory on Saturday.The victory rounded off an incredible year for the All Blacks, the team having notched up 13 wins in 14 matches as well as the Rugby Championship title with two rounds to play, and also equalling the record unbeaten streak of 18 games, started in 2015.The sole ...

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Tennis: Cilic, Dodig push Croatia to brink of Davis Cup ZAGREB: Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig beat Argentine pair Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in Saturday's doubles to put Croatia 2-1 up in the Davis Cup final.Former US Open champion Cilic gave Croatia the upper hand in Zagreb by winning Friday's opening singles rubber against Federico Delbonis before Del Potro levelled for Argentina with a four-set win over Ivo Karlovic. Both Cilic and Del Potro were drafted in ...

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RugbyU: Full result - France 19 New Zealand 24 PARIS: Full result from the France v New Zealand rugby union Test match at the Stade de France on Saturday:France 19 New Zealand 24H-t: 6-10ScorersFrance: Try - Picamoles (62); Conversion - Serin (63); Penalties - Machenaud (25, 39), Serin (50, 76)New Zealand: Tries - Dagg (7), Barrett (43), Faumuina (58); Conversion - Barrett (7, 43, 58); Penalty - Barrett (16)Teams (15-1)FranceBrice Dulin; Noa Nakaitaci, Remi Lamerat (Fickou 61), Wesley Fofana (Gael Fickou 12-17), Virimi Vakatawa; ...