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Boxers excel in South Africa

Elite amateur boxing is alive and making good progress, is the message of the Namibia Boxing Federation (NBF) after one of its teams returned home with three gold medals from an event held in South Africa last week. The Namibian team notched up three gold, one silver and four bronze medals at the Zone IV Boxing Championships held at the Transnet Engineering Boxing Gymnasium Sports Hall in Tshwane, Gauteng. This performance pleased Telecom Namibia greatly as they are the sole sponsors of boxing at that level. Read more about Boxers excel in South Africa

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Weepu returns to Blues

Former All Blacks scrumhalf Piri Weepu is to return to the rugby field for the Auckland Blues tomorrow, less than a month after he was diagnosed with a heart condition that had caused a minor stroke.
The 30-year-old had surgery to repair a small hole in his heart after scans in late March revealed he had been playing through the symptoms of the stroke for three weeks.
He returned to training last week and Blues coach John Kirwan named him amongst the replacements yesterday to face the New South Wales Waratahs at Eden Park.
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Valcke: Don't waste time at World Cup opening stadium

FIFA's top World Cup official visited the delayed stadium that will host the opener in less than two months and said there is "not a minute" to waste to get the venue ready.
FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday that there's still a lot of work to do at the Itaquerao stadium, but stressed that it will be ready for the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12.
He said local organisers are "running against time," but they know there is "no choice" and understand they have to come through with their promise to finish all the work in time.
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Mourinho prioritises Champions League

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hinted he will rest a number of key players for his side's crucial Premier League game away to Liverpool on Sunday to concentrate his squad's efforts on the Champions League.
Mourinho's men hung on for a 0-0 draw away to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday night to make them favourites to reach a third final in six years.
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Sri Lanka axe Chandimal as T20 captain

Sri Lanka's cricket selectors yesterday sacked Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 captain and replaced him with Lasith Malinga, while Angelo Mathews was retained as the Test and one-day skipper.
Chandimal, 24, opted out of the last three matches, including the semi-final and final, of the recent World Twenty20 in Bangladesh due to poor batting form, leaving Malinga in charge.
Sri Lanka went on to beat the West Indies in the semi-final and India in the final to win their first major title since 1996 when they bagged the 50-over World Cup.
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Scholes makes Man U return to assist Giggs

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been drafted in to assist the club's newly appointed interim manager Ryan Giggs, United announced yesterday.
"It's great to see Paul Scholes here at the Aon Training Complex today, assisting Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville," United said on their official Twitter feed.
Giggs, 40, was placed in temporary charge of the first team on Tuesday after David Moyes was sacked as manager.
Nicky Butt and Phil Neville were already on United's back-room staff.
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Broner eyes fourth world title

Adrien Broner, revitalised after a first career loss he dubbed a "wakeup call", has his eyes on making a successful comeback next week and capturing a fourth world title.
Broner lost a unanimous 12-round decision last December to Argentina's Marcos Maidana, costing him a welterweight crown and launching the South American into a big-money Las Vegas showdown next week against Mayweather.
"Losing that fight was definitely the best thing that ever happened to my career," Broner said.
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World Cup facts

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As such a large country, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that temperatures, humidity and all-round conditions can vary hugely in Brazil when comparing, for example, Fortaleza (north) to Porto Alegre (most southern city).
Manaus in the northwest is likely where humidity will be highest, and the temperatures there could be around the mid-30s Celsius.
European nations, on the other hand, might prefer Porto Alegre, where the average June temperature is around 19 degrees.
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Old Crocks called for Okahandja tournament

Former footballers who are over the age of 40 are invited to register their teams in an Old Crocks tournament that will be played at Okahandja’s Nau-Aib Stadium on May 3 and 4.
The tournament organiser, Whites Witbooi, said the event will be a good opportunity for former rivals and teammates to make a trip down memory lane as they try to show each other “that we still have the moves.”
“It is always nice to mingle with former players and share stories,” said Witbooi.
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