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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Kuyt moves on

ANKARA - Dutch international forward Dirk Kuyt ended a six year spell with English Premier League side Liverpool on Sunday after he agreed to move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce according to media reports.

The 31-year old capped over 80 times and a member of the Dutch side beaten in the 2010 World Cup final reportedly signed a three year contract with the Turkish league runners-up for a fee of 1 million euros ($F2.31m).

Iran snatches win

TASHKENT - Iran snatched a 1-0 win in the dying seconds against Uzbekistan on Sunday in a dramatic World Cup qualifier as the hosts were left to rue an apparent goal which went unseen by the match officials.

In the last action of the game, substitute Mohammad Khalatbari scored in the 94th minute to claim a win Iran barely deserved.

Stosur in last 8

PARIS - Samantha Stosur has passed a nerve-wracking fourth-round acid test to safely progress to the French Open quarter-finals in Paris.

Stosur wriggled out of a first-set hole to beat talented American teenager Sloane Stephens 7-5 6-4 and reach the last eight at Roland Garros for the third time in four years.

NZ beats Argentina

AUCKLAND - New Zealand have won the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Malaysia for the first time, holding out Argentina 1-0.

A goal to Andy Hayward from an 18th minute penalty corner gave the Black Sticks men the tournament win and an ideal boost leading into the London Olympics.

Nemani banned

WELLINGTON - Chiefs wing Maritino Nemani has been suspended for three weeks after admitting a dangerous tackle on his Blues opposite Rene Ranger.

Nemani, who was yellow-carded in the Chiefs 41-34 on Saturday night, pleaded guilty to a tip-tackle on Ranger 35 minutes into the match.

Sanzar judicial officer Mike Heron sidelined Nemani form all forms of the game until after June 23.

Defensive fumble

BEIRUT - Sebastian Soria made the most of a horrible defensive blunder as Qatar beat Lebanon 1-0 in their World Cup qualifying match at the Sports City Stadium in Beirut on Sunday.

The Uruguay-born striker easily intercepted an inexplicable back pass by Lebanon defender Ramez Dayoub to fire Qatar into the lead in the 64th minute and give Paulo Autuoris side three valuable points in their Group A fixture in the Lebanese capital.

Celtics hit back

BOSTON, Massachusetts - The Boston Celtics defeated Miami 101-91 on Friday to narrow the gap on the Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Kevin Garnett scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce added 23 and Rajon Rondo chipped in with 21 as the Celtics narrowed the gap in the best-of-seven series to 2-1 after dropping the first two games in Miami.

Webber victory

LONDON - Mark Webber did his CV and his future employment prospects a power of good last Sunday when he claimed his second masterful Monaco victory in three years.

The 35-year old Australian, swiftly became one of the names tipped for a switch to Ferrari for 2013.

Still undefeated

LOS ANGELES - Mexicos Leo Santa Cruz won a 12-round unanimous decision over South African veteran Vusi Malinga on Saturday to capture the vacant International Boxing Federation bantamweight world title.

Santa Cruz, 23, remained unbeaten, improving to 20-0 with one drawn and 11 knockouts as he punished southpaw Malinga.

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