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Russia says Kiev's claims special forces in east Ukraine 'resemble paranoia'

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Thursday dismissed claims by Ukrainian authorities that Moscow has dispatched elite special forces to east Ukraine to stir unrest, saying the allegations resemble paranoia. "These statements resemble paranoia," Shoigu was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. "Instead of always looking for Moscow's hand (behind events), Kiev should stop calling residents of Ukraine's southeast 'separatists' and 'terrorists' and start constructive dialogue with them," he said. ma/sjw/ric

Baseball: Japan league hit by second bouncy ball blunder

Japan's professional baseball league was facing another bouncy ball scandal Tuesday as sports equipment giant Mizuno apologised for a defect that turned the nation's top sport into a slugfest. The firm blamed a manufacturing defect, after league officials said they detected a problem with game balls following the season opener last month. "This happened because of Mizuno's failure to control our operations," company president Akito Mizuno told a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Jimenez leads Spanish contingent after Masters 1st round

U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 11 (EFE).- Miguel Angel Jimenez posted the lowest first-round score among the four Spaniards taking part in The Masters, carding a 1-under 71 that placed him three shots off the lead after 18 holes. Countrymen Sergio Garcia and 48-year-old two-time champion Jose Maria Olazabal, meanwhile, each recorded a 2-over 74 on Thursday to give themselves a solid chance to make the cut at golf's first major tournament of the season.

New Scrabble word - geocache - first ever chosen by gamers

By Fausto Giovanny Pinto WARWICK, Rhode Island (Reuters) - There's a new word in play on the Scrabble game board: geocache. The word, a verb meaning to track down items as part of a game using a Global Positioning System device, beat out 15 other nominated words in an online fan vote to select the newest addition to The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Golf: Stormy Masters practice a washout for spectators

Severe storms halted practice for the 78th Masters on Monday and forced spectators to be cleared from Augusta National as a safety precaution. The course was not expected to reopen due to thunderstorms that were expected to linger in the area for the remainder of the day. Those who bought practice round tickets will be sent refunds next month and assured of the chance of buying practice round tickets to next year's Masters, according to a statement from the club.

Tetris players mark 30th anniversary with skyscraper-sized game in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Hundreds of Tetris fans had a little fun Saturday with a big version of the classic video game. The Philadelphia skyscraper-sized version created a spectacle against the night sky that organizers hoped inspired onlookers and players to think about the possibilities of technology.

Microsoft upgrades Windows Phone with virtual assistant

San Francisco, Apr 3 (EFE).- Microsoft Corp. kicked off its annual Build conference here by presenting an update for Windows Phone devices that includes a virtual assistant. Cortana, named for a character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games, represents the software giant's response to Google Now and Apple's Siri. The Windows Phone 8.1 update incorporates an Action Center for app notifications and information on the state of the battery.

Retiree claims $425.3 million Powerball prize in California

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A retired Northern California man has claimed a $425.3 million national Powerball prize, more than a month after the sixth-highest jackpot drawing in U.S. history was announced, lottery officials said on Wednesday. Raymond Buxton turned up at the Sacramento office of the California Lottery on Tuesday with the winning ticket from the February 19 drawing, California Lottery spokeswoman Melissa Villarin said.

Cricket: Netherlands upset England in World Twenty20

The Netherlands upset 2010 champions England with a 45-run victory in their Super-10 group one match at the World Twenty20 in Chittagong on Monday. England, chasing a modest 134-run target, were bowled out for 88 in 17.4 overs in their last group match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Pacemen Logan van Beek and Mudassar Bukhari took three wickets apiece. The Netherlands, sent into bat, had made 133-5 in their 20 overs, with Wesley Barresi scoring 48 and Stephan Myburgh 39. Stuart Broad was the pick of England bowlers with 3-24 in his four overs.

Winning ticket for Friday's $48 million Lotto Max jackpot sold in Ottawa

TORONTO - Anyone who bought a ticket in Ottawa for Friday's Lotto Max draw should check the numbers. Officials say there was a single winning ticket for the $48 million jackpot. And it was sold in Ottawa. Next week's Lotto Max jackpot will be an estimated $10 million.
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