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Brazil faces uncertainty after another soccer debacle

Sao Paulo— It just keeps getting worse for Brazil’s national team.

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NBA pipeline from Europe gets bigger, deeper, stronger

Indianapolis—When Pacers forward Damjan Rudez returned to the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) camp earlier this month, there were some noticeable changes. The long, gangly European kids he competed with and against in 2003 had been replaced by bigger, stronger and more polished teenagers.

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Rugby takes small step in Olympics return bid

Rio de Janeiro — Returning to the Olympics is one step for rugby. But grabbing the limelight is a bigger jump, particularly in countries like Brazil, where the sport has little following.

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LeBron evolves from phenom to leader, despite Cav’s loss

Cleveland—LeBron James pulled off his sunglasses, and there was no hiding the hurt in his eyes. He had given everything he had, the best player turning into a better teammate, and it wasn’t enough. “If I could have gave more, I would have done it, but I gave everything I had,” he said Tuesday after Cleveland’s 105-97 loss to Golden …

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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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