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Colon overpowers Seattle to help Mets to 3-2 victory

Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game on Wednesday, giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning, as the New York Mets held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in interleague play. TheFULL STORY

Commonwealth Games start under shadow of Farah’s exit

England’s Jodie Stimpson won the opening gold of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow yesterday, when the multi-sport event was hit by the withdrawal of athletics legend Mo Farah. Stimpson, a silver medalist in last year’s ITU World Triathlon Series, sprinted clear with 400m remaining in theFULL STORY

Silky Jayawardene ton puts Sri Lanka on top in second Test against S Africa

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene yesterday hit a classy unbeaten century to help his side close on 305 for five on the first day of their second Test against South Africa. In a chanceless six hours at the crease at the Sinhalese Sports Club inFULL STORY

Majka wins stage, Nibali sustains Tour dominance

On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna as, even this late in the Tour de France, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider made winning look easy as he took stage 17 on Wednesday. ForFULL STORY

Calls to axe Russia 2018 Cup grow

German politicians on Wednesday demanded that Russia be stripped of the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup for fueling the conflict in Ukraine, although soccer officials quickly rejected the idea. Amid outrage over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine on JulyFULL STORY

Zidane makes unknown Markkanen first signing

Though famed for his grace and elegance as a player, Zinedine Zidane apparently has other priorities as a coach, after he made brawny, bustling Finnish striker Eero Markkanen his first signing for Real Madrid’s B team on Wednesday. Now boss of the UEFA Champions League winners’FULL STORY

Taiwan’s beach handball team downed, but not out

By Hsinny Tsai

The Taiwan women’s beach handball team on Tuesday opened their campaign at the sixth World Beach Handball Championship in Brazil with two losses, but vowed to do their best to win upcoming matches. The opening ceremony for the tournament was held in Recife after Taiwan’s games,FULL STORY

Taiwan’s Lu defies fatigue to advance

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun defied jet lag to advance to the second round of the BB&T Atlanta Open in Georgia on Wednesday. After taking part in the OEC Kaohsiung Challenge Cup on Monday evening, Lu flew to Atlanta to begin the US summer season. The No. 7FULL STORY

Taiwan’s Chuang books semi-final spot

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Chuang Chia-jung advanced to the semi-finals of the Zhonghong Jiangxi International Women’s Open doubles yesterday. Chuang and her partner, Junri Namigata of Japan, cruised past Italy’s Gioia Barbieri and Marina Melnikova of Russia 6-3, 6-1 in 58 minutes as bad weather brought by the remnantsFULL STORY

Manchester United thrash Galaxy on Van Gaal debut

Louis van Gaal’s reign as manager of Manchester United got off to a rousing start on Wednesday with a 7-0 friendly victory over Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy. In the first match of Van Gaal’s tenure, Wayne Rooney scored twice in the first half, convertingFULL STORY

Singaporean sentenced to jail in sex-for-fixing case

A Singaporean businessman was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday for providing prostitutes to three Lebanese soccer referees in an attempt to rig future matches. Nightclub owner Eric Ding Si Yang, 32, was jailed on corruption charges following revelations that Singapore has become a centerFULL STORY

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BASKETBALL James sweet-talks neighbors LeBron James has sent cupcakes to neighbors of his home in Akron, Ohio, to apologize for the ruckus caused by the announcement of his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers two weeks ago. Cavaliers fans and journalists converged on the NBA star’s home toFULL STORY

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