Qari Yasin is believed to be linked to the 2008 Marriott atrocity and the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus
An al-Qaida leader believed to be responsible for the 2008 Marriott hotel bombing in Islamabad and the deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009 has been killed by a US air strike, the Pentagon claims.
The drone attack on Qari Yasin, “a well-known terrorist leader” with ties to the Pakistan Taliban, took place on 19 March in Paktika province, the Pentagon said in a statement.
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• Paris bid chief guarantees there will be no bribes in battle with Los Angeles
• Estanguet says Paris will bid for 2024 Games only: ‘it’s now or never’
The leader of Paris’s bid for the 2024 Olympics has promised he can “100% guarantee” none of his team will accept or offer bribes for votes in September’s election – and backed the International Olympic Committee to clean up a voting process that has been blackened by a series of scandals.
In recent months both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bids have been linked with illegal payments for votes on the eve of previous elections. However, Tony Estanguet, a three-times Olympic canoeing champion and an IOC member, said Paris would prefer to lose to its sole rival Los Angeles in the September election in Lima, Peru, than to commit any wrongdoing.
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Cheteshwar Pujara compiled an epic double century and Wriddhiman Saha complimented with a career-best 117 to deflate Australia and put India in a strong position on the fourth day of the third Test on Sunday.
After India declared their first innings on 603 for nine, Ravindra Jadeja bowled David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon cheaply in successive overs to reduce Australia to 23-2. Matt Renshaw was batting on seven at stumps with Australia still 129 runs behind and under considerable pressure to save the match.
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- Australia 451; India 120-1 at stumps on day two in Ranchi
- Smith runs out of partners on 178 before India fight back
India mounted a positive reply after Steve Smith’s unbeaten 178 and Glenn Maxwell’s maiden century powered Australia to a series-high 451 on day two of the third Test.
Lokesh Rahul made an elegant 67, his fourth half-century in five innings, before Pat Cummins dismissed him in the paceman’s first Test after more than five years in the wilderness.
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• Henao survives breakaway on final stage to win by just two seconds
• Colombian earns under-fire team their fifth Paris-Nice win in six years
Team Sky’s Sergio Henao surviveda late Alberto Contador onslaught to win the eight-stage Paris-Nice race by just two seconds.
Henao began the final stage in the yellow jersey but was left in trouble when Contador, riding for Trek Segafredo, pulled away 50 km from the finish.
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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/12/paris-nice-sergio-henao-beats-alberto-contador
• Italy 18-40 France
• Gaël Fickou try enables visitors to recover from early deficit
France beat Italy 40-18 in Rome on Saturday to keep their slim Six Nations title dreams alive, at least for a few hours. The French played far from their best rugby to triumph in perfect conditions at the Stadio Olimpico, running through the softest defence Italy have mounted so far this season to score four tries and collect a potentially valuable bonus point.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund crushed Benfica 4-0 on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals.The Gabon international, who endured a dreadful evening in the first leg defeat, missing a number of c…
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The Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, performed another rescue act to wreck Napoli’s comeback and take the Champions League holders into the quarter-finals after they had taken a first-half battering. Real won 3-1 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate.
The hosts, trailing 3-1 from the first leg, looked capable of overturning the deficit and took the lead through Dries Mertens. But with Real wobbling, Ramos headed an equaliser early in the second half and produced another header six minutes later which deflected into the net off Mertens.
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- Pair say terms have been agreed for fight at as-yet undisclosed venue
- Australian Jeff Horn’s hopes of meeting with Pacquiao appear over
Multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Britain’s Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan on 23 April, with both boxers on Sunday confirming their intentions to appear in a “super fight”.
The 38-year-old Pacquiao had said four days ago that he and Khan’s management were in discussions for the fight, despite an earlier announcement the Filipino’s next bout would be against Jeff Horn.
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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/26/manny-pacquiao-and-amir-khan-agree-to-super-fight-in-april
- Australia beat India by 333 runs
- Test lasted less than three days
Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe picked up 12 wickets to guide Australia to a first win in India since 2004, the 333-run thrashing in the opening Test also bringing the home side’s 19-match unbeaten streak to a juddering halt on Saturday.
The 32-year-old, who returned matching career-best figures of 6-35 in both innings for a maiden 10-wicket Test haul, shone with the ball after his skipper Steve Smith had recorded his first Test century on Indian soil to anchor Australia’s batting.
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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/25/cricket-steve-okeefe-takes-12-wickets-as-australia-thrash-india
Juventus edged closer to the Champions League quarter-finals after second-half goals from the substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves earned them a 2-0 win at 10-man Porto in a one-sided last 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday.
Porto’s downfall was partly self-inflicted after the left-back Alex Telles received a red card in the 27th minute following two senseless bookings in the space of 70 seconds, leaving the home side to play over an hour against the Serie A leaders a man down.
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• Hungarian government spokesman confirms bid is now over
• ‘There is no point dragging out this process like strudel dough’
Hungary’s government announced on Wednesday it would withdraw Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics, citing a lack of political and national unity behind the application that it blamed on the opposition.
Bidding alongside powerhouses Los Angeles and Paris, Budapest had been considered a long-shot candidate, pinning its hopes on the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 initiative.
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Atlético Madrid won 4-2 at Bayer Leverkusen in a topsy-turvy game to take a firm grip on their Champions League round-of-16 tie.
Two lethal counterattacks in the opening 25 minutes put the 2014 and 2016 finalists in control, with Saúl Ñíguez and Antoine Griezmann on target, and give them the edge for a quarter-final spot for the ninth time.
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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/21/bayer-leverkusen-atletico-madrid-champions-league-match-report
- Day’s reign at top ended after 47 consecutive weeks
- Johnson becomes 20th player to be ranked No1
Dustin Johnson has taken over from Jason Day as the No1 player in world golf following his victory at the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open in Los Angeles and said it had been quite a journey to reach the peak of his sport.
The American had been third in the world rankings before leapfrogging Australian Day, who had held the honour for 47 consecutive weeks.
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Benfica defeated a misfiring Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie thanks to Kostas Mitroglou’s 13th goal in his past 13 games.
The Greece international Mitroglou flicked the ball into the net to open the scoring in the 48th minute as Benfica, who have now not conceded a goal at home for 383 minutes, prevented the competition’s best attack from scoring.
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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/14/benfica-borussia-dortmund-champions-league-last-16-first-leg-match-report
Paris Saint-Germain’s Ángel Di María was at his vintage best as he scored twice on his birthday in a 4-0 demolition of Barcelona in their Champions League last 16 first leg. The Argentina winger, 29, scored in each half, with PSG’s Germany midfielder Julian Draxler and the Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani also finding the net as the French champions tore apart a disorganised Barcelona side who have it all to do in the return leg.
PSG, eliminated by Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2013 and 2015, were the more aggressive side at the Parc des Princes and have put themselves in a commanding position before the 8 March second leg at the Camp Nou. The five-time European champions Barcelona have not gone out in the last 16 since losing to Liverpool in the 2006‑07 season.
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