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British women's boxing great Nicola Adams goes to Rio to defend her historic 2012 Olympic title after at last filling the one vacant hook in her medals cabinet -- the world flyweight title. The 33-year-old -- who almost always wears a broad smile outside the ring -- goes to Rio with the distinct chance of becoming only the second British fighter after Harry Mallin in 1920-1924, to defend their title successfully. Adams, who once had to supplement her meagre boxing earnings by acting as an extra in British soap operas such as Coronation Street, says she always misses Dexter and her other dog Bailey, a Pomeranian, who usually travels everywhere with her.
Pep Guardiola rejects any suggestion he would not shake hands with arch-rival Jose Mourinho and insisted relations would be friendly when Manchester City play Manchester United in Bejing on Monday. "We are polite guys, why not?" Guardiola said Sunday when asked if the pair would extend hands, despite an acrimonious rivalry which stretches back to 2010 when the Catalan had stewardship of Barcelona and Mourinho took the reins at Real Madrid. Since taking on their respective Manchester football giants, each manager has insisted they will not concentrate on each other too much.
Kabul was plunged into mourning Sunday after the deadliest attack for 15 years killed 80 people and left hundreds maimed, reigniting concern that the Islamic State group was seeking to expand its foothold in Afghanistan. Tempers were frayed a day after the twin bombings that tore through crowds of Shiite Hazara protesters, as many anxiously searched hospitals and morgues, looking among the mutilated bodies for missing relatives. "I promise you that I will avenge the blood of our loved ones on the perpetrators of this crime, wherever they are," President Ashraf Ghani said, declaring Sunday a national day of mourning.