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Asian powers disappoint in World Cup qualifiers

Seoul, South Korea—The four power teams of Asian football avoided defeat in their opening World Cup qualifiers, yet none put in performances that will dispel the doubts about the strength of the region’s teams following their combined winless record at the 2014 World Cup.

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Filipino boxers dominate SEA Games with 5 golds

For former world boxing champion Josie Gabuco, the Southeast Asian Games shaped as a make-or-break tournament after her run of defeats in major events last year. It turned out to be make.

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Azkals stun Bahrain, 2-1, in World Cup qualifier

The Philippine Azkals beat Bahrain 2-1 in Group H during the Asian qualifying rounds for the 2018 World Cup. Substitute Misagh Bahadoran opened the scoring five minutes into the new half, and Javier Patino doubled the lead 10 minutes later. Bahrain scored a consolation goal in injury time through Abdulwahab Al Malood.

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Blatter resignation won’t lead many to quit–Fifa

Rio De Janeiro—A consistent ally of Sepp Blatter, Danny Jordaan already has a new job. Jordaan, the head of the South African Football Association, was credited with bringing the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. He is also being investigated for $10 million in bribes paid to land the event, part of the corruption scandal that pushed International Football Federation …

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Low capital, high returns draw pros in poker event

Las Vegas—Card-playing supremacy. Bragging rights. Cold, hard cash. More than 22,000 gamblers—many pros, quite a few amateurs—came for the same thing in Las Vegas, drawn by the low cost to enter the World Series of Poker’s new Colossus event.

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King James vs Baby-faced Assassin faceoff arranged

Oakland, California—After a generation of wishing and waiting, the Golden State Warriors have finally arrived on basketball’s biggest stage again, booking their place in the NBA Finals with a 104-90 win against Houston on Wednesday.

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US, Swiss investigators timed Fifa raids for maximum effect

Bern, Switzerland— For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world. They knew that the moment to strike would come when Fifa, the sport’s governing body, held its annual congress in Zurich, gathering all of its top officials—including the main suspects in a far-reaching US corruption probe.

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May-Pac megafight breaks sales record, earns $400-M PPV buys

The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight generated an eye-watering $400 million in US revenues, fueled by more than 4.4 million pay-per-view buys, making it the highest-grossing fight in boxing history, organizers said.

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Bloomberry Q1 profit drops 19% to P1.7 billion

Bloomberry Resorts Corp. (Bloomberry), owner and operator, through subsidiaries, of the Solaire Resort and Casino, reported a 19-percent drop in its earnings to P1.748 billion before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) during the first quarter.

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Sinag Pilipinas sweeps Seaba, books Fiba slot

The Philippine national men’s basketball team composed mostly of cadet players from collegiate basketball thrashed host Singapore, 82-56, to complete its dominant run that gave it the 2015 Seaba Championship gold medal at OCBC Arena. It was the seventh Seaba title for the Philippines, which stamped its class anew as the the top basketball team in the region.

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