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Redemption looms for Scolari in Asia SINGAPORE: Just over a year after Brazil's calamitous appearance at the World Cup, Luiz Felipe Scolari can prove he's a winner once again when he leads Guangzhou Evergrande into the AFC Champions League finals on Saturday.The ebullient Brazilian has proved an astute signing by the wealthy club, who are unbeaten since he took over from Fabio Cannavaro in June and clinched their fifth straight Chinese Super League title last week.Now Guangzhou are strong favourites to beat UAE's Al Ahli over two legs, starting on Saturday in Dubai, and claim their second AFC Champions League title in two years.Victory by Guangzhou would underline the rise of Chinese football, once a corruption-ravaged laughing stock but now boasting Asia's richest league and on the march at club level."This is the second time we have played in the final and everyone is more experienced both physically and mentally because we played before, so we ...

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Rose shines down the stretch as Bulls bury Thunder CHICAGO: Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler combined for 55 points as the Chicago Bulls rebounded from one of their worst defensive losses in recent memory with a 104-98 win over Oklahoma City Thursday.Rose and Butler outshone the Thunders' dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as two of the NBA's top ranked teams squared off for the first time this season.The Bulls allowed the Thunder to tie the score three times down the stretch, ...

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Australia settles bitter pay dispute SYDNEY: Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced Friday it has settled a bitter pay dispute with top players, and women in particular, to earn more money.Professional Footballers Association (PFA) chief executive Adam Vivian said the "landmark" four-year deal signed Friday would "advance football in Australia with increased professionalism while securing the careers of Australia's elite footballers".Top women will receive $41,000 (US$29,270) a year while the next level would earn $30,000 plus match fees and daily allowances."Our ...

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All Blacks in Cup tribute to fallen teammate WELLINGTON: Several All Blacks have taken the World Cup on an unscheduled detour to a New Zealand cemetery for an emotional graveside tribute to fallen teammate Jerry Collins.The players took time out from their national victory tour to take the William Webb Ellis trophy to the grave of Collins, who died in a car crash in France last June.A number of players posted pictures on social media late Thursday of themselves at the grave on ...

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Llodra to advise Belgium in Davis Cup PARIS: Belgium have called up Frenchman Michael Llodra to help them prepare for the Davis Cup final against Great Britain in Ghent later this month.Llodra gave the news himself Thursday at a press conference during the Paris Masters tournament he called to confirm his retirement from playing."I have been contacted by Belgium to help them for the Davis Cup final," he said."This is a very exciting challenge when you know how difficult it is to ...

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Ivory Coast include Bony for World Cup qualifiers PARIS: Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, Bordeaux's Thomas Toure and Malaga defender Arthur Boka have been recalled by the Ivory Coast to face Liberia in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers later this month. French coach Michel Dussuyer unveiled his 24-player squad for the matches on Thursday. However, Manchester City star Yaya Toure is still missing. "We have to get past this round and that is what we're going to try and do against Liberia, who are ...

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Isner topples Federer in Paris PARIS: Big-serving American John Isner fired down 27 aces to stun Roger Federer and reach the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters on Thursday.Isner won 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) for just his second career win over the Swiss legend and first on a hardcourt.Federer, who went out of the tournament without dropping his own serve, said that Isner had served superbly on the big points."He's got the size, got the power, got the angles," the ...