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Martinez retains IBF super-bantam title

OSAKA: Spain’s Kiko Martinez retained his International Boxing Federation super-bantamweight title Wednesday by beating Japan’s challenger Hozumi Hasegawa with a technical knockout. American referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight one minute and 20 seconds into the seventh round when Hasegawa was floored for the third time by the Spanish champion, who remained the aggressor throughout…

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Scholes makes United return to assist Giggs

LONDON: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been drafted in to assist the club’s newly appointed interim manager Ryan Giggs, United revealed on Wednesday. “It’s great to see Paul Scholes here at the Aon Training Complex today, assisting Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville,” United said on their official Twitter feed. Giggs, 40,…

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Olivier Giroud dismisses Arsenal exit rumours

According to the Daily Mirror Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud dismissed rumours that he is planning to leave Arsenal in the summer. Giroud’s future has been in doubts since he was caught cheating on his wife Jennifer with model Celia Kay on the night before Arsenal’s big game against Crystal Palace on February 2nd. The 27-year-old…

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Afghan vote was ‘fair’: Iranian official

TEHRAN: A top Iranian official declared Wednesday that Afghanistan’s presidential election was held fairly in a sign of progress for the country, despite final results being delayed because of fraud allegations. The comments by Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, came after it was announced that the April 5…