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Suspended badminton star Lee Yong-dae reinstated

By Yoo Jee-ho SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae, suspended earlier for failing to follow anti-doping protocol, has been reinstated, officials here said on Tuesday, a dramatic turn of events that allows the shuttler to compete at this year's Asian Games on home soil. Shin Geh-ryuen, head of the Badminton Korea Association (BKA), announced at a press conference that one-year suspensions imposed earlier on Lee and a second South Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, have been lifted.

Suspended badminton star Lee Yong-dae reinstated

By Yoo Jee-ho SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae, suspended earlier for failing to follow anti-doping protocol, has been reinstated, officials here said on Tuesday, a dramatic turn of events that allows the shuttler to compete at this year's Asian Games on home soil. Shin Geh-ryuen, head of the Badminton Korea Association, announced at a press conference that one-year suspension imposed earlier on Lee and a second South Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, has been lifted.

RugbyU: RFU exec bids to stop English talent drain

England's leading clubs are determined to challenge the financial rewards on offer in French rugby in a bid to prevent a post-2015 World Cup player drain. Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has highlighted the importance of making it commercially feasible for members of Stuart Lancaster's squad to reject an approach from the Top 14. It is current RFU policy to only select those playing at non-English clubs in exceptional circumstances, a position Ritchie views as "fundamental" to retain control of England internationals.

Football: Man City stay ready to pounce if Reds slip up

Manchester City know they must keep themselves in a position to pounce if Premier League title favourites Liverpool slip up when they play the first of their two games in hand against bottom club Sunderland on Wednesday night. Liverpool's 3-2 victory at Anfield on Sunday allowed the Reds to stay clear at the top of the table and extend their advantage over third-placed City to seven points. That will be an unbridgeable gap if Liverpool win their remaining four games to lift their first top-flight championship since 1990.

NHL: Playoff schedule

Schedule for the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs which begins Wednesday (all series best-of-seven, *if necessary): Eastern Conference Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins Game One - Friday, April 18 - Detroit at Boston Game Two - Sunday, April 20 - Detroit at Boston Game Three - Tuesday, April 22 - Boston at Detroit Game Four - Thursday, April 24 - Boston at Detroit *Game Five - Saturday, April 26 - Detroit at Boston *Game Six - Monday, April 28 - Boston at Detroit

Football: USA 'ready to play' to win World Cup

America is heading to Brazil "ready to play" in the 2014 World Cup, and Vice President Joe Biden will be leading the cheers for the US to bring home the coveted trophy for the first time. "When it comes to soccer, America is coming on," Biden assured Monday's audience at the State Department, where the 2014 World Cup trophy made its first stop in the United States as part of a global tour before heading later to Brazil.

Football: USA 'ready to play' to win World Cup

America is heading to Brazil "ready to play" in the 2014 World Cup, and Vice President Joe Biden will be leading the cheers for the US to bring home the coveted trophy for the first time. "When it comes to soccer, America is coming on," Biden assured Monday's audience at the State Department, where the 2014 World Cup trophy made its first stop in the United States as part of a global tour before heading later to Brazil.

Football: USA 'ready to play' to win World Cup

America is heading to Brazil "ready to play" in the 2014 World Cup, and Vice President Joe Biden for one is leading the cheers for the US to bring home the coveted trophy for the first time. "When it comes to soccer, America is coming on," Biden assured Monday's audience at the State Department, where the 2014 World Cup trophy made its first stop in the United States as part of a global tour before heading later to Brazil.

Pistorius accused of fake tears

The prosecution accused Oscar Pistorius of feigning emotion to dodge tough questions about the death of his girlfriend, as his second week of testimony in the murder trial began Monday. Frustrated with Pistorius's frequent crying in the witness box, prosecutor Gerrie Nel toughened his questioning and accused the Paralympic star of crocodile tears. "Mr Pistorius, you're not using your emotional state to escape, are you?" he said after the athlete broke down under questioning on one of several occasions Monday.

Prosecutor says Pistorius, Steenkamp argued on night she died

Oscar Pistorius argued with his girlfriend shortly before shooting her dead, the prosecution lawyer alleged Monday as his gruelling cross-examination of the sprinter went into a second week. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel accused the 27-year-old of concocting evidence in his defence against the charge of murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines' Day last year. "It's the state's case, Mr. Pistorius, that she wanted to leave and that you weren't sleeping, you were both awake," said Nel. "That's not correct my lady, that's untrue," Pistorius replied softly.
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