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Champion Warriors visit Obama in White House WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama welcomed the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors to the White House on Thursday, joking with superstar Stephen Curry and his league-leading teammates.Obama is a big basketball fan and played golf with Curry and his father, former NBA standout Dell Curry, last August while on vacation."Steph was using the excuse of Secret Service being intimidating for why he lost the match. That is not the case," Obama said. "But he will have another opportunity."Obama said he was disappointed not to see Riley Curry, the young daughter of the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player who charmed the cameras during her father's post-game news conferences during last June's NBA Finals."I was hoping that Riley Curry would be here today to share the podium with me, but I guess I'm going to have to get media training some other day," Obama said with a smile.Obama acknowledged Warriors coach Steve ...

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Nightmare start for Leeds as McGuire injured in champs' loss LONDON: Leeds suffered a miserable start to their defence of the Super League title as new captain Danny McGuire was injured in a 12-10 loss to Warrington in the season opener on Thursday.The champions suffered an early blow when McGuire limped off with a knee injury and although they fought back from 6-0 down at half-time to lead 10-6, Kevin Penny's 68th-minute try sealed a memorable win for Warrington at Headingley.Leeds, who gave debuts to ...

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McIlroy lifted by unlikely birdie in Dubai DUBAI: World number two Rory McIlroy, boosted by an unlikely birdie four on his front nine, made an encouraging start to his title defence by shooting a 68 in the Dubai Desert Classic first round on Thursday.The four-times major winner's four-under-par effort left him two strokes behind leader Alex Noren of Sweden.McIlroy, who began his round at the 10th hole, started off with a bogey six but recovered in style with three birdies on his ...

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England at sixes, Scotland at sevens for Calcutta clash LONDON: Scotland have set out to win the battle of the breakdown in their Six Nations clash with old rivals England on Saturday, opting for their most tenacious possession thieves where England have settled for ball-carrying bulk.In the lead up to the Calcutta Cup clash in Edinburgh, much talk has been spent on England's lack of a traditional openside flanker, a role filled by Chris Robshaw during their ill-fated World Cup campaign last year and ...

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Experienced England fired up for Scotland clash BAGSHOT: Eddie Jones is adamant his "pumped up" England side can ride the Scottish storm on and off the field as they bid to retain the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield on Saturday. England's new head coach has plumped for experience and older heads to try and make his first match in charge since taking over from Stuart Lancaster a successful one. He has named a starting XV boasting 512 caps for the Six Nations opener, ...

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Poles want Germany's Grand Slam champ Kerber back BERLIN: A Polish newspaper wants Germany's Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber to return to her roots and play for Poland, but the Grand Slam winner insists "I'm German".Warsaw-based daily Gazeta Wyborcza wants to see Bremen-born Kerber, who will play for Germany in this weekend's Fed Cup clash against Switzerland in Leipzig, turn out for the nation of her ancestors."Very often, the media portray Angelique as a German of Polish origin, and that is not true. ...

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Noren heads Dubai, McIlroy and Els lurk DUBAI: Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els, the two most successful players in the history of Dubai Desert Classic, made good starts once again, but Sweden's Alex Noren took the lead after the opening round on Thursday.World number two McIlroy, the defending champion who has never finished outside the top-10 since winning here in 2009, started with a bogey in his four-under par 68, while three-time champion and holder of the course record (11-under par 61), ...