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Japan's Miura batters Puerta to defend WBC crown TOKYO: Japan's Takashi Miura battered Mexican challenger Edgar Puerta into submission with a sixth-round technical knockout Saturday to successfully defend his World Boxing Council super featherweight title for the third time.The 30-year-old overpowered the top-ranked challenge, sending him to the canvas in the first round before finishing Puerta off with a ferocious flurry of punches two minutes, 15 seconds into the sixth, a left-right to the body opening him up for a crunching left to the jaw which forced the referee to step in."It's a relief," a beaming Miura told reporters after dominating the fight in Yokohama. "He was a tough opponent. I'd like to have finished him off earlier but it doesn't always go to plan. I still have a few things I need to improve on. I wasn't completely happy."The fight was part of a WBC doubleheader also featuring a flyweight title match between Nicaraguan champion Roman Gonzalez ...

Singapore confident of Suzuki title, matchfixing worry lurks SINGAPORE: Singapore's embattled coach Bernd Stange was adamant his side had all the ingredients to win another Suzuki Cup title as authorities ramped up efforts to keep the long standing threat of match-fixing at bay.The defending champions get their campaign underway on Sunday against favourites Thailand in the first of three tricky Group B matches, with old rivals Malaysia and Myanmar, under the guidance of former coach Raddy Avramovic, to follow.The much-travelled Stange has endured ...
Gamba throw open J-League title race with win at Reds TOKYO: Treble chasing Gamba Osaka blew open the J-League title race with two late goals to beat leaders Urawa Red Diamonds 2-0 away on Saturday and move within two points of top spot with two games remaining.The Reds needed to win at home in the battle of the top two to seal a first Japanese title since 2006 but they were guilty of overextending themselves in the closing minutes as Gamba substitutes Kodai Sato and ...
Singaporean Mamat storms clear in Manila MANILA: Singapore veteran Mardan Mamat will take a four shot lead into the final round of the Asian Tour's $1 million Manila Masters after firing a super six-under-par 66 on Saturday.The 47-year-old began the third round tied at the top with South Korean Wang Jeung-hun (77) but the Singaporean burst out of the blocks with four straight birdies to move clear.Further birdie threes came at the ninth and 11th before he dropped his first shot ...
Singapore's Mardan on pole as Manila Masters reaches climax MANILA: Singapore golfer Mardan Mamat put himself on pole position for a fourth Asian Tour win with a four-shot lead Saturday going into the final round of the Philippines' Resorts World Manila Masters tournament.The 47-year-old winner of the 2004 Indian Open, 2006 Singapore Masters and the 2012 Philippine Open sank seven birdies against a single bogey for a six-under third-round score of 66."I got off to a great start which kind of gave me a ...
Serbian fan stabbed to death in Istanbul BELGRADE: Serbia expressed "outrage" Saturday after a Red Star Belgrade basketball fan was stabbed to death in Istanbul.Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic voiced "outrage over the monstruous murder," a government statement said. Serbia demands that the perpetrator be urgently "found, arrested and most severely punished," it added.Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called Vucic to voice condolences over the death during a fight between Turkish and Serbian fans on Friday evening.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), ...
Agassi tips 'dynamic' Nishikori to join grand slam club TOKYO: Former tennis great Andre Agassi on Saturday backed Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori to become a grand slam winner, hailing him as one of the greatest shot-makers ever. Nishikori has climbed to number five in the world after a breakout year in which he won four titles and reached US Open final, but Agassi insisted it was only a matter of time before the swashbuckling 24-year-old captures one of the four majors."Listen, he was one ...


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