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 Hodgson hands Kane full debut against Italy TURIN: Tottenham's Harry Kane is set for his full England debut alongside Wayne Rooney in a friendly against Italy on Tuesday.Spurs sensation Kane has been in scintillating form in the Premier League this season and scored his maiden England goal when he came off the bench during a 4-0 rout of Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier at the weekend.With Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck both sidelined with injury, England manager Roy Hodgson has had little choice but to give the 21-year-old Kane his full competitive debut at Juventus Stadium.Hodgson, who spent two years coaching in Italy with Inter Milan, said Kane "deserved" his chance.But while he claimed the fixture will be a "valuable learning exercise" that will also give other hopefuls a chance to cement their place in his Euro 2016 squad, Hodgson insisted the real test of England's progress will come once qualification from Group E has been ...

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International friendly results PARIS: International football friendly results on Monday:At Abu DhabiKuwait 1 (Al Enzi 45+1) Colombia 3 (Aguilar 21, Cardona 68, Falcao 73-pen)At DohaAlgeria 4 (Belfodil 2, 62, Feghouli 24, 61) Oman 1 (Al Busaidi 74)Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

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 Japan's Ao seeks crown on Mayweather-Pacquiao eve LAS VEGAS: Former world champion Takahiro Ao will fight for a world lightweight crown in Las Vegas on the eve of Manny Pacquiao's welterweight showdown with Floyd Mayweather, promoters announced Monday.The 30-year-old Japanese southpaw will face Mexico's Raymundo Beltran on May 1 for the vacant World Boxing Organization lightweight crown, launching an eight-night US television boxing series from promoters Top Rank.Ao, 27-3 with one drawn and 16 knockouts, won the World Boxing Council featherweight crown ...

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 Nishikori brushes Troicki aside in Miami MIAMI: Japan's Kei Nishikori took just over an hour to romp to a 6-2 6-2 victory over Serbian Viktor Troicki and secure a place in the fourth round of the ATP and WTA Miami Masters on Monday.Asia's top player -- who reached the semi-finals in Miami last year -- will play the winner of the match between Poland's Jerzy Janowicz and David Goffin of Belgium.Nishikori sent down five aces, 16 winners and broke Troicki, ranked ...

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Serena rips Kuznetsova to reach quarter-finals MIAMI: World number one Serena Williams dominated Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3 on Monday, advancing to the WTA and ATP Miami Open quarter-finals with her 15th consecutive victory at the event.Top seed Williams joined her sister Venus is reaching the quarter-finals of the tournmament, which the American siblings have won a combined total of 10 times.Serena Williams seeks her eighth Miami title and took a key step to that goal by dispatching 2006 Miami champion ...

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UEFA investigates Russia and Montenegro over trouble PARIS: UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia and Montenegro following incidents that forced a European Championship qualifier between the teams to be abandoned.Friday's qualifier in Podgorica was called off halfway through the second period after a number of missiles had been thrown from the stands.Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev had to be carried from the field on a stretcher and taken to hospital after being hit on the shoulder by a flare.The game was held ...

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Venus Williams upsets Wozniacki in Miami MIAMI: Venus Williams booked the first women's quarter-final spot at the ATP and WTA tournament in Miami on Monday as she beat fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).The 34-year-old Williams is playing her home event for the 16th time and owns three titles. The American took the win despite 37 unforced errors in a match riddled with a dozen breaks of serve.Williams has never lost to former number one Wozniacki from Denmark and now ...