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Obama recognizes historic Muslim US Olympian BALTIMORE: US President Barack Obama paid tribute Wednesday to fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who in Rio will become the first US Olympian to compete wearing a hijab, the headscarf of Muslim women.Obama's visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, his first to a US mosque after seven years in the White House, was to hit back at anti-Islamic sentiment even as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has demanded a ban on Muslim immigrants and frontrunner Ted Cruz has advocated Christian-only admissions.Into this atmosphere comes Muhammad, an African-American women's sabre fencer who has clinched a berth in August's Rio de Janeiro Olympics after a third-place finish in Athens last weekend at a World Cup event."Nothing should hinder anyone from reaching their goals -- not race, religion or gender," Muhammad told USA Fencing in a posting on its website. "I want to set an example that anything is possible with perseverance."Muhammad was ...

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England wing Ashton's appeal hearing adjourned LONDON: Saracens and England wing Chris Ashton's appeal against a 10-week ban ruling him out of the Six Nations was adjourned on Wednesday, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) announced.Ashton, 28, appealed after being banned for making contact with the eye area of Luke Marshall in Saracens' home European Champions Cup victory over Ulster on January 16.An independent appeal committee convened in London on Wednesday to hear the appeal."The Appeal Committee ... heard submissions on behalf ...

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Bridge too far! Halep postpones nose op for Fed Cup BUCHAREST: World number three Simona Halep revealed Wednesday that she has postponed a nose operation so she can play for Romania in this weekend's Fed Cup clash against the Czech Republic.Halep said last month that she was to undergo surgery which would sideline her from the Fed Cup opening round as well as WTA events in Dubai and Doha."I have had some health problems for some time (nose, ears and stomach) and the doctors advised ...

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Women's world championship gets April date LONDON: The women's world squash championship will be staged in Kuala Lumpur in April, four months after they were controversially cancelled in the Malaysian capital, organisers said Wednesday.The tournament, billed as the most lucrative in the history of the women's tour, will take place at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in the city from April 23-30."We are pleased to have reached a resolution with all relevant stakeholders that will allow us to stage the event this ...

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Oher ready for Super Bowl sequel after Hollywood ending SAN JOSÉ: Michael Oher's journey from troubled teenager to the bright lights of the National Football League has already been told by Hollywood in 2009's Oscar-winning drama "The Blind Side". But the story behind his return to the Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers for this weekend's showpiece in Santa Clara is almost as worthy of a sequel. A year ago this week, Oher was dumped by the Tennessee Titans after only one year of ...

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Injury-plagued Del Potro set for latest comeback BUENOS AIRES: Injury-plagued former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro will launch his latest comeback at Delray Beach in Florida from February 15, the towering Argentine announced Wednesday.Del Potro, 27, famously stunned Roger Federer to capture the US Open in 2009 on his way to number four in the world.But he has been dogged by wrist problems ever since, requiring three operations to repair the damage."I wanted to share the moment and happiness that ...

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Pinturault to skip Jeongseon super-G PARIS: Alexis Pinturault is to skip the World Cup super-G race scheduled for Sunday on the Jeongseon piste that will be used for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.The French winner of the Kitzbuehel combined event, who was to race all the season's super-G events in a bid to push for the overall title, will instead focus on a week of technical training ahead of the February 13-14 giant slalom and slalom races ...