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WBO review backs up Horn's win over Pacquiao

Undated, Jul 11 (Reuters) The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) has concluded that judges were correct to name Australia's Jeff Horn the winner in his bout against Manny Pacquiao last week after the controversial points decision in Brisbane sparked calls for a review. Horn took the Filipino great's welterweight world title after judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 in the 29-year-old's favour but many observers questioned the outcome, saying the officials had made a "hometown decision". The WBO agreed to review the decision and on Tuesday released its results, which backed up Horn as the victor. "The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial, causing disputes amongst fans. For this reason, transparency is so important," the WBO said in a statement. "Based on this, five anonymous, competent judges from different countries were asked to watch the bout without sound. "To determine the winner of each round, three out of the five officials have to be in agreement. "From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds." While there has been talk that 38-year-old Pacquiao may retire, a rematch was written into the contract for the initial fight and the pair are expected to face each other again later this year. Former schoolteacher Horn, who improved his record to 17-0-1 after the win over the eight-division world champion, said he felt vindicated after the WBO's statement. "It gives me evidence behind me that I can just use now," he told reporters at Brisbane Airport on Tuesday. "Instead of saying I think I won the fight, now a heap of other people - professionally - think I won the fight." Horn will be attending the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday. REUTERS SV 0853

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North Korea participation to highlight opening ceremony

23 Jan 2018 | 2:53 PM

By Jane Chung
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Jan 23 (Reuters) North Korea's participation at the next month's Winter Olympics will form an integral part of an opening ceremony that will highlight a key message of peace, Games organisers said on Tuesday.

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Kremlin regrets Ahn out of Olympics in S Korea

23 Jan 2018 | 2:52 PM

MOSCOW, Jan 23 (Reuters) Moscow said it regrets that Russian athletes Viktor Ahn, Anton Shipulin and Sergei Ustyugov are not considered eligible for the next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

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Johannesburg Test: Proteas eyeing whitewash, India look to salvage pride

Johannesburg Test: Proteas eyeing whitewash, India look to salvage pride

23 Jan 2018 | 2:48 PM

Johannesburg, Jan 23 (UNI) After going down 0-2, the Virat Kohli-led Team India will be eyeing to avoid a whitewash when they take on hosts South Africa for the final time in the series here at the New Wandrers stadium on Wednesday.

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Russian short track skater Ahn to miss Winter Olympics

23 Jan 2018 | 2:37 PM

MOSCOW, Jan 23 (Reuters) Russian short track speed skater Viktor Ahn, biathlete Anton Shipulin and cross-country skier Sergei Ustyugov are not on the list of athletes eligible for next month's Pyeongchang Winter Games, a Russian Olympic Committee official said on Tuesday.

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23 Jan 2018 | 2:31 PM

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