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MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez took pole position at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin for the fifth year in a row on Saturday with fellow Spaniard and overall leader Maverick Vinales alongside on the front row.

The Honda rider pulled out a rapid last-gasp lap of the Texas track in two minutes 02.741 seconds to deny Vinales, winner of the season's first two races for Yamaha, the top slot by 0.130 of a second.

The two Spaniards were joined on the front of the grid by Italian great Valentino Rossi, Vinales's team mate.

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 FILE PHOTO - Lampre's Michele Scarponi of Italy cycles during the eighth stage of the Tour of Spain 'La Vuelta' cycling race between Talavera de la Reina and San Lorenzo de El Escorial August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro d'Italia champion, has been killed after being hit by a van while training close to his home in Filottrano, Italy, his Astana team said on Saturday.

Scarponi, 37, left home early on Saturday morning for a training ride. The accident happened at a crossroads.

"This is a tragedy too big to be written," Astana said in a statement in English.

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Asian Games in Indonesia to feature 39 sports (April 22, 2017)
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The Asian Games in Indonesia will feature 39 sports, more than at the last event in South Korea, with some unusual additions including bridge, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said Friday.

But cricket, which was at the last two Asian Games, is being dropped after the OCA complained that major sides had failed to send full-strength squads.

Other new additions at the 2018 games are pencak silat — an Indonesian martial art — jujitsu, paragliding, jet ski and sport climbing.

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 Athletics - IAAF Athletics Diamond League meeting Lausanne - Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland - 25/8/2016 - Asafa Powell of Jamaica celebrates winning the men's 100m competition. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Picture Supplied by Action Images

Olympic and double world sprint relay gold medalist Asafa Powell has withdrawn from Jamaica's team for this weekend's third IAAF World Relays event in the Bahamas.

The team's technical leader, Maurice Wilson, confirmed to Reuters by phone on Thursday that Powell -- twice world 100m bronze medalist -- was among three athletes to pull out of the team currently heading for the Bahamas.

“I’ve been informed that Asafa Powell is not available; Julian Forte is also not available; Rusheen McDonald is also out. Those are experienced athletes that would make a big difference to the composition of the team,” Wilson said.

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FILE – In this March 21, 2017, file photo, Michael Phelps and his wife, Nicole Johnson, smile during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File/ Manila Bulletin)

Michael Phelps hasn’t gotten the urge to return to swimming.

Not yet anyway.

The winningest athlete in Olympic history is clearly enjoying marriage, fatherhood and a new found willingness to speak out on contentious issues such as doping .

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SAN JOSE, Antique - The Department of Education and the Provincial Government of Antique have already given the green light for the opening of 2017 Palarong Pambansa here on Sunday.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to grace the occasion, according to some sources from the local police and executives of Antique.

The construction of a 40-meter grandstand extension, VIP stage, additional lawn tennis courts, and rubberized track oval have already been completed as of Thursday.

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Derek Ramsey eyes frisbee gold in France tiff (April 21, 2017)
Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines – Actor Derek Ramsey has shelved making movies for a while to chase a dream. And that dream is a nothing less than snaring a gold medal in the 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate, or better known as frisbee, set from June 18 to 24 in Royan, France.

Ramsey, a TV 5 talent, said the country has excelled in the event after finishing second in 2007 in Brazil and third in 2011 Italy and he hopes this forthcoming edition will be his swan song.

"I'm 40 years old and it’s hard chasing 18-year-old players," said Ramsey. "They asked me if I could give it one last chance and this time go for gold and I accepted it. It's the reason why I didn't accept any movie offer this year."

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