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Double Bravo for Mexico

Mexico scored twice in three second-half minutes to beat Iran 3-1 on Sunday and give a massive boost to their bid to go past the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time. The world number four and Group D seeds were held at 1-1 for 40 minutes by a battling Iran before Omar Bravo broke the deadlock with his second of the match.

Schoeman springs Shanghai surprise

The World Short-Course Swimming Championships suffered the loss of yet another top athlete as Australia and the United States dominated the opening heats on Wednesday. Double world champion Roland Schoeman, the top draw here in the absence of swimming greats Michael Phelps, Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett, was a late withdrawal citing a lack of fitness, organisers said.

Religion is personal, says Muslim tennis star

Indian star Sania Mirza has hit out at the obsession with her religion, saying more attention should be paid to her tennis than her Muslim faith. The 19-year-old is regarded as a trailblazer for Indian and Muslim women, but she said people should stop confusing her profession and beliefs.

The millions of reasons why golf stars visit Asia

Asia has become a happy hunting ground for many golf stars who are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars -- and in one case, millions -- just to turn up. While officials refuse to discuss figures, Colin Montgomerie reportedly pocketed  000 in fees at last week's UBS Hong Kong Open -- more than his  000 dollars for winning the event.

Nalbandian aims high at Masters Cup

Five days ago, David Nalbandian was packing his things for a fishing trip in his native Argentina. Now he's one match away from a place in the Masters Cup final. Nalbandian has found some great form since his late call-up to replace the injured Andy Roddick, taking Roger Federer to three sets before whitewashing Guillermo Coria and Ivan Ljubicic.

Federer backs Agassi over Masters Cup exit

World number one Roger Federer has given his support to Andre Agassi after the United States veteran was criticised for his early withdrawal from the Masters Cup tennis tournament. Federer, the only top-five player left in the season finale after Agassi and Rafael Nadal added their names to the injury list, said the eight-time Grand Slam champion deserved credit for turning up.

Good start for Goosen in Beijing

World number five Retief Goosen blazed a first-round 64 to stamp his authority on the Volkswagen Masters-China golf tournament in Beijing on Thursday. Two eagles and five birdies against one bogey put the South African on top of the leader board at eight under par, two shots ahead of Canada's Darren Griff.

Silent Witness a ‘once in a lifetime’ horse

Jockey Felix Coetzee makes no bones about how good his record-breaking mount Silent Witness is. ''He's the best horse you could ever hope to ride,'' says the South African. ''I've ridden close to 3 000 winners and I will never ride anything like him again. He's a superstar, a supreme athlete. He's just a once-in-a-lifetime horse.''

Els itching to get back in the swing

World number three Ernie Els said on Wednesday that he was itching to get back into contention for golf's biggest prizes after a disappointing United States Masters where he finished a distant 47th. The triple major-winner, launching his bid to become the first three-time winner of the Johnnie Walker Classic, said he would use the tournament to correct the ''technical faults'' which plagued him at Augusta.

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