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Drugs test

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Nevada boxing regulators say Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will be subject to stepped-up drug and hormone testing before their April 12 rematch in Las Vegas.

Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar said yesterday the two would face unannounced pre-fight testing by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

First gold medal

SOCHI, Russia - Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain earned her country's first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics yesterday with victory in the skeleton.

The 25-year-old, who led the event after the two opening runs, produced two more consistent rounds to clock a combined time of 3min 52.89sec to finish 0.97sec ahead of second-placed Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States.

Adriano back

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Former Brazil striker Adriano has played again after a nearly two-year layoff and is setting his sights on a return to the national team for the World Cup.

Adriano played less than 10 minutes in Atletico Paranaense's 1-0 win over The Strongest of Bolivia in the Copa Libertadores on Friday, after a series of injuries and off-the-field problems.

Top seeds out

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - Top seed Juan Martin del Potro and second-ranked Andy Murray were knocked out of the Rotterdam World Tennis event in quarter-final upsets on Friday by the same 6-3 6-4 scorelines.

Latvian Ernests Gulbis ended del Potro's winning run when he beat the Argentine, while unseeded Croatian Marin Cilic won his eighth match in a row this season.

Hahn leads

EAST LONDON, South Africa - American John Hahn mocked his world golf ranking of 881 by firing a 61 yesterday for a two-shot halfway lead in the Africa Open.

The 1.78-metre rookie carded an eagle and eight birdies and dropped no shots in his 10-under par second round over the 6,064-metre (6,632-yard) shortest European Tour course.

Still in the lead

PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain extended their cushion at the top of French soccer's Ligue 1 to eight points yesterday after cruising past struggling Valenciennes 3-0 at the Parc des Princes.

Ezequiel Lavezzi struck a first-half opener for Laurent Blanc's men before two goals in two second-half minutes — the first from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the second an own-goal by Gary Kugelmacher.

Zimbabwe visit

HARARE- Australia's cricket team will tour Zimbabwe for the first time in a decade to play a triangular one-day series that also will involve South Africa.

The tournament is likely to be scheduled for July or August, around the time South Africa was meant to visit its African neighbour for a two-Test and limited-overs series.

Manager sacked

LONDON - Fulham, the Premier League's bottom club, announced yesterday they had appointed Felix Magath as first team manager after Rene Meulensteen was sacked just over two months into his reign at Craven Cottage.

The west London side, at the foot of the table following a dramatic last-gasp 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool on Thursday are four points adrift of safety.

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