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Votto homer helps Reds flatten Rockies 4-3

CINCINNATI: Joey Votto hit a game-ending solo homer, and the Cincinnati Reds shut down Nolan Arenado in a 4-3 win over Colorado Rockies on Friday night.



France stuns Olympic champ Canada

MINSK: France stunned Olympic champions Canada 3-2 in a shootout triumph on Friday to give them just a second win over their famed rivals in 83 years of the world championships.



Darvish flirts with no-hitter anew

ARLINGTON, Texas: Yu Darvish came oh, so close again.



Rangers stay alive while Wild square series

PITTSBURGH: The New York Rangers stayed alive in the NHL playoffs with a 5-1 win at Pittsburgh on Friday, cutting the Penguins’ series lead to 3-2 thanks chiefly to two goals from Derick Brassard.



Kaymer clings 1-shot lead over Spieth at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida: Martin Kaymer followed up his course-record first round by shooting a 3-under 69 on Friday to hold a one-stroke lead at The Players Championship going into the weekend.



Halep beats Kvitova to reach Madrid Open final

MADRID: Fourth-seeded Simona Halep rallied in hot conditions Saturday to beat former champion Petra Kvitova 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 and reach the Madrid Open final.



Ping-pong extends its global reach

Table tennis bosses fear China’s dominance is potentially ruinous but the sport’s new street cred, a kaleidoscope of participating countries and its capacity for diplomacy underline its broad reach an



The die-hard fan of Brazil’s Flamengo

RIO DE JANEIRO: Everything inside and outside Maria Boreth de Souza’s small home in Rio de Janeiro’s lower middle class neighborhood of Olaria screams Flamengo — Brazil’s most popular soccer team.



Fraser-Pryce kicks off Diamond League with Doha win

DOHA: Jamaican sprint sensation Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce kicked off the 2014 Diamond League season with a comfortable victory in the women’s 100m in Doha on Friday.



FIFA seeks to improve World Cup organization

ZURICH: Russia cannot avoid problems with its 2018 World Cup and FIFA will call a special meeting in September to improve organization of future tournaments, the world body's secretary general said Fr

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