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Puig mum on reports of perilous flight from Cuba LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says he won't be drawn into discussing his flight from Cuba despite magazine articles describing human trafficking, a drug cartel and death threats."I'm aware of the recent articles and news accounts," Puig said Wednesday in a statement issued through his agent, Adam Katz."I understand that people are curious and have questions, but I will have no comment on this subject."In an article published on Sunday, Los Angeles Magazine reported that Puig had received death threats from human traffickers who were under the control of a Mexican drug cartel -- all in relation to his flight from Cuba to Mexico in 2012.ESPN the Magazine has conducted a five-month investigation of its own and says its account, to be posted online on Thursday, will also detail numerous times Puig was in physical danger.According to Los Angeles Magazine, a Miami-area businessman with a criminal record, ...

Tanaka fans 10 in Yankees win over Cubs NEW YORK: Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka delivered a dazzling 10 strikeouts and allowed just two bunt singles Wednesday in the New York Yankees' 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.Tanaka, unfazed by unseasonably chilly weather at Yankee Stadium -- where snow fell overnight -- walked just one for the second time in three starts this season.He lowered his earned-run-average from 3.21 to 2.05, drawing praise from Yankees manager Joe Girardi for his smooth transition to ...
Real Madrid fans jam streets to celebrate Cup win MADRID: Thousands of cheering Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital early Thursday after winning the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Barcelona. Supporters, many wrapped in the club's flag, cheered as the squad arrived at Madrid's central Cibeles Square, the traditional home for raucous Real Madrid victory celebrations, in a white open-topped bus with the word "champions" written in black letters on its sides.Fans applauded Real ...
Monte Carlo Masters results MONTE CARLO: Results on the fourth day of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):Second roundStanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-0, 6-2Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x12) bt Albert Ramos (ESP) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4Nicolas Almagro (ESP x15) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Radek Stepanek (CZE) 6-1, 6-2,Milos Raonic (CAN x8) bt Yen Lu-Hsun (TPE) 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-1Fabio Fognini (ITA x10) bt Roberto Bautista Agut ...
Pakistan name new coaches in search of lost glory LAHORE: Pakistan named new coaches for their senior and junior hockey teams Wednesday as they try to drag themselves out of a slump and revive past glories.Pakistan failed to qualify for the World Cup to be held in the Netherlands in June -- the first time they have ever missed the tournament, which they have won four times.Pakistan have also won three Olympic gold medals but slumped to seventh position in the 2012 London Olympics. ...
City coach Pellegrini defends Kompany choice LONDON: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no regrets about selecting captain Vincent Kompany to play in last weekend's costly 3-2 loss at Premier League title rivals Liverpool, he said Wednesday.A training-ground injury scare had put Kompany's participation in doubt and although he was ultimately passed fit to play, he produced an uncharacteristically error-strewn performance.The Belgian centre back was partly at fault for Liverpool's first two goals and directly responsible for the hosts' 78th-minute winner, ...
Sharks' Deysel moves to Japan TOKYO: South African Jean Deysel, a loose forward for the Super Rugby club the Sharks, has joined Japan's Top League side Toyota Verblitz, the league said Wednesday.The 29-year-old, who has been capped three times for South Africa, will play flanker and number 8 for Toyota, the Top League said in a brief statement.According to the Sharks' website, Deysel has agreed a two-year deal with Toyota."The decision to leave the Sharks, a franchise which means the ...


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