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Philippines' gold dream fades as Pacquiao rules out Rio MANILA: Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said Friday he would skip the Rio Olympics even if professionals were allowed to compete, knocking out the Philippines' best chance of winning its first gold medal.Pacquiao, who was this month elected to his nation's Senate and harbours dreams of becoming president, said he wanted to instead focus on his political career."I have decided to prioritise my legislative duty as I owe it to the people who voted for me," the eight-time world champion and national hero said in a text message to AFP. Pacquiao, 37, had previously said his victory over American Timothy Bradley last month would be the final fight of his career so he could pursue his political ambitions. But Pacquiao never fully closed the door on his boxing career, saying he could be tempted out of retirement for a chance at Olympic glory in August or another mega-bucks fight against arch-rival ...

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Trentin wins 18th stage, Kruijswijk keeps pink PINEROLO: Matteo Trentin took a brilliant victory on the Giro d'Italia 18th stage as race leader Steven Kruijswijk comfortably held onto the pink jersey on Thursday.Italian Trentin was part of a four-man chase group behind Etixx team-mate Gianluca Brambilla and Moreno Moser coming into the finish.But as Brambilla played the team game sitting in Moser's wheel, Trentin made up a 15-second deficit before flying straight past the two leaders with less than 300 metres left ...

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NBA: MVP Curry, LeBron pace All-NBA First Team lineup NEW YORK: NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James led selections named Thursday for the All-NBA First Team announced by the league.Curry, who sparked the Warriors to last year's NBA crown and the best record in league history this season at 73-9, was a unanimous pick with all 129 voters in a media panel that decided the lineup.James, trying to reach the NBA Finals for ...

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European PGA Championship scores WENTWORTH: Leading and selected scores after the first round of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday (par 72, Gb & Irl unless stated):65 - Scott Hend (AUS), YE Yang (KOR), Joost Luiten (NED)66 - Danny Willett67 - Jaco van Zyl (RSA), Robert Rock, Richard Green (AUS)68 - Luke Donald, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA)69 - Felipe Aguilar (CHI), Shane Lowry, Simon Khan, Rikard Karlberg (SWE), Eduardo de la Riva (ESP), Alex Noren (SWE), Graeme McDowell, ...

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Trio lead at Wentworth, Willett just one behind WENTWORTH: Australian Scott Hend, South Korea's YE Yang, the 2009 US PGA winner, and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands were in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday.The trio shot seven-under par rounds of 65 but Masters champion Danny Willett, on his first appearance in England since his Augusta triumph, was on their tail only one shot back after a ...

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Nadal baffled by tennis no shows at Olympics PARIS: Rafael Nadal knows only too well what it's like to miss out on playing at the Olympics, hence he does not understand why so many of his fellow tennis professionals are turning their backs on the Rio Games in August. When injury forced the 2008 Beijing gold medallist to withdraw from the 2012 London Games, he described it as "one of the saddest moments of my career". As a result he finds it baffling ...

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Williams sisters take similar routes to round three PARIS: Same court, same scoreline - the Williams sisters followed each other into the third round of the French Open in ruthless fashion on Thursday. Defending champion Serena and her elder sister Venus, seeded ninth, respectively beat Brazilian Teliana Pereira and American Louisa Chirico 6-2 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. World number one Serena went first but she did not stay to watch her sister. "I think we're unfortunately really focused on our match. And ...