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Autopsy says pitcher died of cocaine-alcohol overdose LOS ANGELES: Former Major League Baseball pitcher Tommy Hanson died last month at age 29 from an overdose of cocaine and alcohol, according to autopsy results released on Friday.Hanson died on November 9 at an Atlanta hospital a day after being found unrespeonsive. A coroner originally ruled the death as accidental.But the autopsy report states Hanson's official cause of death was from "delayed complications of cocaine and alcohol toxicity".Hanson, who was staying at a friend's house and had been drinking alcohol, was found by a woman and authorities were called. Hanson had slipped into a coma and suffered "catastrophic organ failure".Hanson, a right-hander who last pitched in the major leagues in 2013 for the Los Angeles Angels after spending the prior four years with the Atlanta Braves. He was 49-35 with a 3.80 earned-run average in his five major league seasons.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

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Feng in strong command at Dubai Masters DUBAI: Even a storming finish by Thai LPGA Tour star Thidapa Suwannapura, who made six birdies in her last six holes, wasn't enough to stop defending champion Shanshan Feng of China from taking a five-shot lead at the end of the penultimate round of the Dubai Ladies Masters on Friday.World number six Feng, the highest ranked player in the field and two-time winner of the season-ending championship of the Ladies European Tour, shot her third ...

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Nonu to start for Toulon against Leinster PARIS: New Zealand World Cup-winning centre Ma'a Nonu will start his first European Champions Cup match against Leinster for Toulon on Sunday.The 33-year-old made his debut for the European champions in last weekend's French Top 14 53-23 win over Agen.Nonu, who earned 103 All Blacks caps before leaving his homeland for Europe, will partner France international Mathieu Bastareaud in the midfield against the Irish province, who like Toulon have won the competition three times.Australia's Matt ...

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Kane extends streak but 'Hawks lose to Preds LOS ANGELES: Patrick Kane extended his Chicago Blackhawks' record point-scoring streak to 24 games with a third-period goal in a 5-1 loss to Nashville on Thursday.Kane's 18th goal of the NHL season wasn't enough to overcome the Predators' strong first period offensively and goalie Pekka Rinne's superb play in the final period.Rinne made 35 saves in winning for just the second time since November 17. He turned away at least six quality Blackhawks scoring chances ...

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Banned Platini braced for appeal decision LAUSANNE: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will announce a decision on whether Michel Platini's suspension from football should be lifted on Friday at about 0900 GMT.The FIFA vice-president appeared before CAS judges on Wednesday with his lawyers to plead the case for him to be allowed to return so that he can take part in FIFA's election campaign for a new president.Platini has been named in a Swiss criminal investigation into FIFA leader ...

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McIlroy, eyeing more majors, has laser surgery LONDON: World number three Rory McIlroy has undergone laser surgery to correct his vision as he sets his sights on more success next year.The 26-year-old Northern Irishman posted a picture of himself on Instagram wearing protective glasses and saying that the procedure went smoothly."Human version of the dreaded K-9 cone... Only for sleeping though!" McIlroy posted, referring to the protective cones worn by some dogs."Laser eye surgery went well."McIlroy, who has four major titles to ...

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Durant carries Thunder past Hawks LOS ANGELES: Kevin Durant posted a triple double as the Oklahoma City Thunder won their eighth game in the last 10 with a 107-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Thursday.Forward Durant shot eight-of-14 from the field en route to 25 points, and added 10 assists and 12 rebounds in front of a crowd of 18,200 at Chesapeake Energy Arena."I just try to play the game and make it simple for myself," Durant said."I knew last ...