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Schlierenzauer clinches sixth straight win

Schlierenzauer clinches sixth straight win Klingenthal, Germany  - Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria claimed his sixth straight ski jumping victory on Wednesday to increase his overall World Cup lead.

Schlierenzauer jumped 131.5 metres and 135 metres for 261.2 points to edge Anders Jacobsen of Norway (135m and 131m) on 260.3 points

Austrian Wolfgang Loitzl, the Four Hills winner, was third with 257.1 points (134m/130.5m).

It was the 10th win of the season for Schlierenzauer who moves to 1,620 points after 20 of 27 events, with Simon Ammann of Switzerland on 1,368 and Loitzl on 1,242.

Roger and out for Wales as Poland clinch late win

Roger and out for Wales as Poland clinch late winHamburg  - A late goal from Roger Guerreiro gave Poland a 1-0 victory over Wales in a friendly international in Portugal on Wednesday.

The Brazilian-born player lobbed goalkeeper Boaz Myhill from outside the area 10 minutes from time in Vila Real St Antonio.

The result was a boost for coach Leo Beenhakker's side ahead of a World Cup qualifying Group 3 match against Northern Ireland in Belfast on March 28.

Poland are two points behind Slovakia in the group, level on points with the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Nadal helping hand in doubles falls short for Mallorcan mate

Nadal helping hand in doubles falls short for Mallorcan mateRotterdam, Netherlands  - Rafael Nadal got back to work on court eight days after his historic Australian Open title, adjusting to indoor conditions during a doubles loss on Monday at the ABN-AMRO World Tennis.

The Spanish world number one teamed with fellow Mallorcan Ignacio Coll-Ruidavets but the wild card pair lost to experienced Frenchman Michael Llodra - last year's singles champion - and compatriot Arnaud Clement 6-3, 6-4.

Doping fears rise ahead of biathlon worlds

Doping fears rise ahead of biathlon worlds Hamburg - With just days to go until the start of the biathlon world championships in South Korea, it remains unclear how many skiers have failed dope tests.

"We have positive A-samples," Anders Besseberg, president of the International Biathlon Union (IBU), told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa Monday.

Besseberg dismissed earlier media reports that up to eight biathletes have failed dope tests, saying that the IBU had "never made public" the number of A-samples that had returned positive.

"We don't have eight positive A-samples," he added.

Punjab Gold Hockey Cup: Germany Mauls India By 4-2

Punjab Gold Hockey Cup: Germany Mauls India By 4-2In a crucial tie, world champions Germany defeated India 4-2 to keep themselves in reckoning in the crucial Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 hockey stadium. For Germans, Jan Philipp Rabente (14th minute), Lim Kevin (21st), Moritz Furste (34th) and skipper Tobias Hauke (38th) scored, whereas from India Tushar Khandekar (12th) and skipper Sandeep Singh (64th) found the goals.

In its earlier matches, Germany looked quite low in spirits, but on Friday they came back strongly defeating the hosts by a comfortable margin. 

Austria win team ski-jumping event in Willingen

Austria win team ski-jumping event in Willingen Willingen, Germany - Favourites Austria took victory in the premiere of the Team Tour event in Willingen Saturday even in the absence of World Cup leader Gregor Schlierenzauer.

The team of Thomas Morgenstern, Markus Eggenhofer, Andreas Kofler and Wolfgang Loitzl amassed a total of 902.9 points to finish just 1.7 points ahead of Norway's Roar Ljoekelsoey, Tom Hilde, Anders Bardal and Anders Jacobsen on 901.2 points.

Finland took third spot with 793.2 points, followed by home nation Germany on 778.7.

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