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Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 3:02 AM
Edwin Moses

Hagler in Hong Kong

Marvellous Marvin Hagler, one of the greatest boxers to climb into the ring, received a hero's welcome from an enthusiastic audience when he was guest of honour at a Laureus fundraising event in Hong Kong yesterday.

In a release yesterday, Laureus said World Sports Academy member Hagler, who won 52 of his 67 fights by knockout and only lost three times in his career, attended the boxing evening to help raise funds for the Laureus-supported Operation Breakthrough community sports project, which he had visited earlier in the day.

Hagler, who was world middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, said: "It was a great pleasure to be here to visit the young people at Operation Breakthrough in Hong Kong and share my experiences and passion about boxing as well as some skills with them. It is great to see that boxing is helping young people to change their lives."

During a busy visit, Hagler and Laureus chairman, Edwin Moses, also took part in the 'Sport Can Change Lives' forum which was held at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

3-0 win for US Women

VILA REAL de SAN ANTONIO, Portugal (AP)

Alex Morgan redirected Lauren Holiday's free kick for a goal some nine minutes into the second half and the United States women's national team went on to defeat Sweden 3-0 yesterday in group play at the Algarve Cup.

Amy Rodriguez added a goal in the 72nd minute before Abby Wambach came off the bench to score for the team, which improved to 2-0-0 in their last international tournament before the Women's World Cup in Canada later this year.

US goalkeeper, Hope Solo, preserved the lead with a key save of a blast from Lara Dickenmann in the 60th minute. It was her 79th career shutout.

Switzerland, ranked No. 19 in the world, fall to 1-1-0 in Group B with the loss. The United States, sitting atop the group, plays Iceland in the final group match on Monday.

South Africa

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'affordable' Commonwealths

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP):

Before any Olympic bid, South Africa is focused on delivering an "affordable" first Commonwealth Games in Africa in 2022, officials say, as the former World Cup hosts move on to staging major multi-sports events.

While South Africa does have an ambition of eventually hosting the globe's biggest sports show, a bid for the 2024 Olympics is "unrealistic," according to the nation's sports minister.

Instead, South Africa will press ahead with Durban, the only candidate for the 2022 Commonwealths after Edmonton withdrew. Durban is expected to be formally announced as the hosts in September.

But, aware of the costs of staging another big sports event in a country with widespread poverty, Durban bid officials to concentrate on affordability when they released more details of their plans this week.