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Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal

WASHINGTON: Bernard Hopkins, boxing’s ageless wonder at 49, is one victory from becoming the undisputed world light-heavyweight champion and already daring unbeaten pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather to a showdown. Hopkins, the oldest major world champion in boxing history, won a split decision Saturday over Kazak fighter Beibut Shumenov to take the World Boxing Association title…

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Messi winner maintains Barca’s title hopes

MADRID: Barcelona maintained their slim chances of retaining their La Liga title as they came from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Aritz Aduriz’s opener five minutes into the second-half had Barca on course for a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions. However, the Catalans showed fine spirit to…

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Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener

SAN ANTONIO: The San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan’s 27 points, rallied for a 90-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday to open their NBA playoff series. The Spurs, trying to get back to the NBA finals after falling to the Miami Heat in last year’s championship series, trailed 81-71 with 7:45 left…

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Kuwait court shuts two newspapers over coup articles

KUWAIT CITY: A Kuwaiti court has temporarily suspended the publication of two independent newspapers over articles about a secret probe into allegations of a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy’s government, the official state news agency reported Sunday. KUNA carried a statement by the Information Ministry saying it notified Al Watan and Alam Al…