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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Baby break

PRAGUE - Czech double Olympic javelin champion Barbora Spotakova says she is to take a career break in order to start a family. "My partner and I have been really hoping for this, we've allowed things to take their course and we've succeeded," said the 31-year-old, who holds the world record of 72.28m she set in 2008. Her baby break means she will miss next year's world championships in Moscow and the Diamond League which she has won twice.

Pato threat

MILAN - Angry AC Milan fans have reportedly vented their frustration at the Italian giants' 3-1 home defeat by surrounding the car of Alexandre Pato and threatening the Brazilian striker. Pato recently returned to Milan's first team following an injury lay-off and scored his first goal of the season in a 1-1 Champions League draw at home to Malaga on Tuesday.

Double blow

LONDON - Wales have suffered a double injury blow ahead of their Millennium Stadium clash against Samoa this weekend. The Welsh Rugby Union announced that lock Alun-Wyn Jones (shoulder) and flanker Josh Turnbull (knee ligaments) will take no further part in an international series that also includes appointments with world champions New Zealand and Australia.

Pele surgery

SAO PAULO - A Brazilian hospital says Pele is in good condition after undergoing surgery. The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo did not release details, but local media said on Tuesday the football great had an operation on his hip.

Ashton in

LONDON - Saracens winger Chris Ashton has replaced Ugo Monye in England's 23-man squad for this weekend's rugby international against Australia at Twickenham. Ashton was suspended for England's 54-12 victory over Fiji last weekend but he has been recalled to face the Wallabies, against whom he has scored three tries in three Tests

Tigers victory

LEICESTER - Leicester handed New Zealand Maori their first defeat in five years by prevailing 32-24 at Welford Road on Tuesday. The Maori scored three tries to two, but they were undermined by a player sin-binned in each half and mistakes that were punished by Leicester flyhalf George Ford, who nailed his first seven goalkicks and finished with 22 points off his boot.

Faster courts

MELBOURNE - Lleyton Hewitt would love Roger Federer to succeed with a call for more use of faster courts in world tennis. Australia's former world No.1 is adamant Federer is right in saying courts have been slowed down, making it harder for players to hit winners. Federer urged a shift back toward attacking tennis after losing the ATP Tour Finals title to Novak Djokovic in a thrilling final in London on Tuesday.

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