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Jalabert seriously injured in accident: police
TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - Former cyclist Laurent Jalabert was seriously injured in a road accident on Monday morning, French police told Reuters. Jalabert, who won the Tour of Spain in 1995 and was world time trial champion in 1997, was on his bike when he was hit by a car travelling in the opposite direction near Montauban, a town in the south of France.
Ex-NBA player banned in Philippines for "choking" team mate 2013-03-11T132156Z_1_BRE92A0HO_RTROPTC_0_US-BASKETBALL-PHILIPPI NES-BALKMAN.XML () -
Djokovic and Murray battle through
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and third seed Andy Murray both had to work much harder than expected to book their places in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday. Top seed Djokovic lost his bearings in the second set before beating Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-0 5-7 6-2 while Murray had to dig himself out of an early hole on the way to a 5-7 6-2 6-2 win against Russian Evgeny Donskoy.
Back from injury, 'Sid the Kid' is all grown up
TORONTO (Reuters) - "Room open," shouted the attendant guarding the visitors' dressing room at the Air Canada Centre, launching the media mob into a mad sprint as if he had fired the starter's pistol for an Olympic 100 meters final. "Run, get him," roared a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins as the stampede raced to their target, dodging sweaty hockey equipment being tossed into a hamper from all corners of the suddenly crowded room.
Sharapova, Radwanska advance at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Former champion Maria Sharapova survived a tough battle with Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro on Sunday, winning 7-5 6-3 to book her place in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. The Russian world number three, seeded second at the elite WTA event, broke the Spaniard twice in a closely contested first set that featured several lengthy baseline rallies and lasted almost an hour.
NFL, GE to study brain injuries as concussion worries mount 2013-03-11T175916Z_1_BRE92A0UU_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-CONCUSSION.XML () -
FIFA bans executive committee member Fernando
LONDON (Reuters) - President Sepp Blatter's push to clean up FIFA flushed out another potentially corrupt official on Monday when executive committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando of Sri Lanka was banned from any football activity for three months. A source close to FIFA said the 63-year-old - a member of the executive since 2011 - was banned while Michael Garcia, the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee, examines an alleged misuse of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) funds.
Woods on march to Augusta gets second win of year
MIAMI (Reuters) - Tiger Woods sent out a Masters warning shot with his second win of the year, a convincing two-stroke victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on Sunday. Composed throughout and deadly on the greens, Woods posted a one-under-par 71 for a winning total of 19 under par, with fellow-American Steve Stricker runner-up after shooting 68 in the final round.
With stylish 65, McIlroy ends tough week with confidence
MIAMI (Reuters) - It did not really need Donald Trump's endorsement for world number one Rory McIlroy to know that his seven-under-par 65 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on Sunday was a fine way to end a difficult week. While the property magnate and owner of the Blue Monster course characteristically bustled into McIlroy's chat with the media to declare "good job, he's tough", the Northern Irishman had already glanced at the leaderboard and seen himself inside the top 10 as he walked off the 18th green.
U.S. overtake Canada to reach second round of WBC 2013-03-11T010859Z_1_BRE92A010_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-WORLD.XML () -