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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

+++Boxer dies

A 21-year-old Japanese boxer died in a Tokyo hospital on Monday, 17 days after he was knocked out during his professional debut, the Japan Boxing Commission said.

Tesshin Okada lost consciousness after the fourth and final round of a super-flyweight bout against another professional debutant.

Hewitt out

Defending champion Lleyton Hewitt has withdrawn from the Kooyong Classic, just days after winning the Brisbane International.

Hewitt defeated Roger Federer in three sets in Brisbane on Sunday to win his first ATP World Tour tournament since 2010 and rise to a ranking of 43.

Setback

Laura Robson's hopes of playing at next week's Australian Open suffered a setback when she quit the Hobart International with a left-wrist injury.

The British number one pulled out of last week's ASB Classic because of a problem to the same wrist.

The 19-year-old led her first-round match against Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer 6-4 0-2 when she quit.

Final farewell

Tens of thousands of people turned out in the rain on Tuesday (AEDT) to say a final farewell to Portuguese football legend Eusebio, who grew up in grinding African poverty to become one of the world's greatest players.

Mourners lined the streets of Lisbon and applauded as the black hearse carrying Eusebio's coffin, drapped in the red and white colours of his club Benfica, passed by in a funeral cortege broadcast live on TV.

Lotus to miss

Lotus are to miss the first Formula 1 pre-season test at Jerez in Spain. Technical director Nick Chester said attending the four-day test, which starts on 28 January, "isn't ideal for our build and development programme".

He said the car would run for the first time in the second test, at Bahrain from 19-22 February.

Solomons win

SOLOMON Islands' Natalie Bennett and Hannah Donga combined perfectly to thrash Vanuatu in their beach volleyball opening match yesterday morning in Port Vila. Vanuatu took the court as the hot favorites with the crowd on their side.

The two young Solomon Islanders however proved the crowd wrong when they stole the 1st set 15, 09.

Schumi critical

THE hospital treating Michael Schumacher for head injuries says his condition remains stable but critical. Doctors in Grenoble say he is being continually monitored but they will not be releasing more health details.

The former racing champion has been in a medically induced coma for the past eight days following a skiing accident in the French Alps.

Tourney unites

TEMATAHO communities in Marau Sound, East Guadalcanal have celebrated this New Year festive with a three-day futsal tournament held at Makina Catholic Parish from 30th December 2013 to 1st January 2014.

The event saw five communities gathered together with a total of 15 teams, and took part in pool matches as part of this new year fun and celebration.


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