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China dominates S. Korea to win Uber Cup final KUNSHAN: Olympic champion Li Xuerui led the Chinese national squad to victory over South Korea at the Uber Cup final in China Saturday, securing the country's 14th world badminton team championship title in dominant fashion. China rarely surrendered command over the court during its 3-1 triumph in front of a packed home crowd in the eastern city of Kunshan, near Shanghai. Li, the world number three, brushed off an early deficit after dropping the first game to seventh-ranked Sung Ji-hyun. The Olympic gold medallist rallied back for the win by controlling the pace and keeping the South Korean out of sync with repeated drop shots in the 14-21, 21-13, 21-10 victory. "Every step in the team match is one step for myself," Li told a news conference after the match, adding she planned to celebrate "quietly" after the week-long tournament. Sixth-ranked doubles team Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan from South ...

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Blues hold off strong-finishing Force PERTH: The Auckland Blues battened down to defeat the strong-finishing Western Force 17-13 in a battle of the Super Rugby strugglers in Perth on Saturday.Tana Umaga's Blues led 17-3 at half-time and fended off the Force despite not scoring a point in the second half for their sixth win of the season.Auckland dominated the opening half with tries from Jerome Kaino and Tevita Li, but had to defend for long periods as the home side ...

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Rossi on pole for Italian MotoGP LUCO DI MUGELLO: Italy's nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi will start on pole for Sunday's Italian MotoGP at Mugello after topping qualifying times.It will be the Yamaha rider's 63rd pole of his career and 53rd in MotoGP.Rossi will line up in the first row with Spaniard Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) and fellow Italian Andrea Iannone (Ducati).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Qualifier Bertens wins Nuremburg title BERLIN: Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens claimed a straight-sets victory over Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino to win the Nuremburg clay court WTA final on Saturday.Ranked 89th in the world, the 24-year-old Bertens beat the Colombian 6-2, 6-2 for just her second career title after previously winning in Fez in 2012.The spotlight was fixed firmly on Bertens last month at the Fed Cup where she won her two singles rubbers over French pair Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.The ...

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India's Mary Kom sees hopes of Rio dashed NEW DELHI: Indian sporting star and five-time world boxing champion Mary Kom Saturday saw her dream of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics end after losing a crucial bout at AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships.Kom, who won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics, lost 0-2 to Germany's Azize Nimani in the second round of the tournament in the 51kg weight category in Kazakhstan. She needed to reach the semi-finals of the championship to ...

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South Korea's Ryu shoots 64 for one-shot LPGA lead WASHINGTON: South Korean Ryu So-Yeon shot a seven-under par 64 Friday to seize a one-stroke lead after after the second round of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship.Ryu stood on seven-under 135 after 36 holes at Williamsburg, Virginia, with Japan's Mika Miyazato, South Korean Amy Yang and American Stacy Lewis sharing second on 136."I haven't really consistently shot low scores in like five or six tournaments," Ryu said. "So I hope I can hold this score the ...

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Djokovic confronts greatest challenge as clock ticks PARIS: Twelve months after his latest bid to complete a career Grand Slam was thwarted, Novak Djokovic targets an elusive French Open title with time and history threatening to conspire against him.The world number one was left in tears in 2015 when Stan Wawrinka unleashed a battery of single-handed backhand winners to all corners of Court Philippe Chatrier on his way to a shock Paris title.Djokovic turns 29 on Sunday and will be playing Roland ...