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Azarenka eases into third round in Doha 2013-02-13T184639Z_1_BRE91C1CF_RTROPTC_0_US-TENNIS-WOMEN-QATAR. XML () -
Embattled UCI boss McQuaid has IOC support - Rogge
LAUSANNE (Reuters) - International Cycling Federation (UCI) president Pat McQuaid enjoys the support of the International Olympic Committee despite the sport's tarnished image and the UCI's bitter row with the World Anti-Doping Agency, the IOC said. The UCI's credibility has been dealt a severe blow since American Lance Armstrong admitted to doping last month after he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
LeBron James sets new shooting mark before home crowd 2013-02-13T070938Z_1_BRE91C0CZ_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-HEAT-LEBRON.XML () -
Ducks nip Chicago in shootout as Fasth stays perfect 2013-02-13T081920Z_2_BRE91C0CI_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-BLACKHAWKS.XML () -
Warm homecoming for Jeremy Lin at San Francisco Bay
OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin returned to the San Francisco Bay area for a warm welcome and a 116-107 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. Lin had 14 points and 10 assists on the Asian Heritage Night just across the bay from his home town of Palo Alto in his first Oakland appearance since triggering a mass hysteria last year.
Gay drains winning basket as Raptors stun Nuggets
TORONTO (Reuters) - Rudy Gay drained the game-winning shot in the final seconds as the rejuvenated Toronto Raptors withstood a furious fightback from the Denver Nuggets for a 109-108 victory over one of the NBA's hottest teams on Tuesday. Trailing by a point with five seconds remaining, Toronto's newest acquisition drained the go-ahead jump shot just before Ty Lawson's attempt to give the visitors the win bounced off the rim as the final buzzer sounded.
Cristiano Ronaldo, UEFA gift to provide Afghans with limbs: ICRC
GENEVA (Reuters) - Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is donating 100,000 euros ($134,600) on behalf of UEFA to help rehabilitate Afghans who have lost limbs, mostly landmine victims, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday. It is the second time that the Real Madrid and Portugal forward - who has featured a record seven times in the uefa.com user's poll for Team of the Year - has contributed to the ICRC's network of seven orthopedic centers in Afghanistan, it said.
Hunt steps down as British Olympic Association chief
LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Hunt is stepping down as British Olympic Association (BOA) chief executive at the end of February just six months after he guided the host nation to its most successful Games medal haul in 104 years. Britain won 65 medals at the London 2012 Games - 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze - and finished third in the medals table behind the United States and China.
Beckham trains with PSG for the first time
PARIS (Reuters) - Former England captain David Beckham trained for the first time with his new French club Paris St Germain on Wednesday, two weeks after signing for the wealthy Ligue 1 leaders until the end of the season. The 37-year-old midfielder took part in a 50-minute session involving only players who did not feature in PSG's Champions League last 16 2-1 first-leg victory at Valencia, which Beckham watched in the stands alongside sports director Leonardo on Tuesday.
Soccer: Dynamo Dresden ban own fans from away games
BERLIN (Reuters) - German second division club Dynamo Dresden have banned their own supporters from three away games after yet another episode of violence, this time at Kaiserslautern. Dynamo fans repeatedly let off fireworks during the 3-0 defeat on Friday and were involved in vandalism outside the ground.