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Poles want Germany's Grand Slam champ Kerber back BERLIN: A Polish newspaper wants Germany's Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber to return to her roots and play for Poland, but the Grand Slam winner insists "I'm German".Warsaw-based daily Gazeta Wyborcza wants to see Bremen-born Kerber, who will play for Germany in this weekend's Fed Cup clash against Switzerland in Leipzig, turn out for the nation of her ancestors."Very often, the media portray Angelique as a German of Polish origin, and that is not true. She has a Polish passport, pays taxes in Poland and her parents are Polish," wrote the newspaper.But Kerber, who moved to Poland in 2012 to be near her grandparents, put the matter to bed by telling Stern TV she is German through and through."It's true that I now live in Poland and have a relationship with the country, because my parents live there and I have also trained there," said the world number two."But I ...

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Noren heads Dubai, McIlroy and Els lurk DUBAI: Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els, the two most successful players in the history of Dubai Desert Classic, made good starts once again, but Sweden's Alex Noren took the lead after the opening round on Thursday.World number two McIlroy, the defending champion who has never finished outside the top-10 since winning here in 2009, started with a bogey in his four-under par 68, while three-time champion and holder of the course record (11-under par 61), ...

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France team to face Italy in the Six Nations PARIS: France manager Guy Noves on Thursday named the following team to take on Italy in the Six Nations at the Stade de France on Saturday: 1-Eddy Ben Arous, 2-Guilhem Guirado (captain), 3-Rabah Slimani, 4-Paul Jedrasiak, 5-Yoann Maestri, 6-Wenceslas Lauret, 7-Damien Chouly, 8-Louis Picamoles, 9-Sebastien Bezy, Jules Plisson, 11-Virimi Vakatawa, 12-Jonathan Danty, 13-Gael Fickou, 14-Hugo Bonneval, 15-Maxime Medard Replacements: 16-Camille Chat, 17-Uini Atonio, 18-Jefferson Poirot, 19-Alexandre Flanquart, 20-Yacouba Camara, 21-Maxime Machenaud, 22-Jean-Marc Doussain, 23-Maxime MermozCopyright ...

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Sevens stalwart Vakatawa to start for new-look France PARIS: New France coach Guy Noves has made a bold choice by picking Sevens stalwart Virimi Vakatawa on the wing in a new-look team to face Italy in their opening Six Nations game at home on Saturday. Fijian-born Vakatawa, who has not played any 15-man rugby since 2013, will make his first appearance in a side containing four uncapped players. Sebastien Bezy also makes his debut at scrumhalf and will pair up with number 10 ...

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Ex-boxing great says Amir Khan deserves global super-fight ISLAMABAD: Former Mexican-American boxing great Oscar De La Hoya believes that British boxer of Pakistani-origin Amir Khan deserves his shot at a global super-fight.Khan announced on Tuesday that he will fight Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in May in his first world title fight since 2012.The Olympic silver medallist will step up in weight to challenge for the WBC middleweight title, when he faces Alvarez in Las Vegas on May 7. It will be Khan's first fight ...

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Pakistan tennis squad leaves for SAG ISLAMABAD: A 10-member Pakistan tennis squad flew to India on Thursday to feature in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG), to be held from Friday in Guwahati and Shillong.The Pakistani men tennis team also features tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and the country's top tennis player Aqeel Khan, while Yasir Khan and Mohammad Abid are two other players.The four-member women team is comprised of tennis star Sara Mansoor, Sarah Mehboob Khan, Ushna Sohail and Eman Qureshi. ...

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Sharpshooter Curry nets 51 as Warriors beat Wizards WASHINGTON: Stephen Curry scored 51 points, including an NBA season-high 11 3-pointers, to power the defending league champion Golden State Warriors past host Washington 134-121 on Wednesday.Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry scored 25 points in the first quarter as the Warriors improved to 45-4 with their eighth consecutive victory.Curry went 11-of-16 from beyond the arc, finishing one 3-pointer shy of matching the one-game NBA record of 12 3-pointers shared by Los Angeles Lakers guard ...