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    Lau Ywen reacts during her championship match at the 2016 Cadet & Junior World Fencing Championships. (Photo: Serge Timacheff/International Fencing Federation)

    Lau Ywen first picked up a fencing foil at the age of six simply because she wanted to join her older sister in the sport, having watched Ysien start off two years earlier.

    “I knew that I was quite good in Singapore, but I didn’t think I would go that far,” she told Yahoo Singapore last Friday at the sidelines of the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF)-Peter Lim Scholarship awards ceremony, where she was a recipient.

    In this case, “far” refers to her historic triumph at the Cadet & Junior World Fencing Championships a month earlier, where she won the women’s cadet individual sabre event.

    The 16-year-old beat three of the world’s current top five under-17 sabre fencers - Asian champion Risa Takashima (quarter-final), European champion Liza Pusztai (semi-final) and Larissa Eifler (final) - to clinch Singapore’s first world title

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  • Arsenal’s Ozil does Mecca pilgrimage ahead of Euro 2016

    Futbolita is a Yahoo Sports blog that brings you the latest insights and gossip from football leagues around the world. 

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    Before joining the Euro 2016 Germany team for their pre-tournament training, Arsenal’s German attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil visited Mecca last week to perform the holy Umrah pilgrimage.

    The Arsenal midfielder is one of the most popular Muslim football stars in the world along with Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United. 

    Photos of Özil, 27, performing the Umrah in Saudi Arabia have gone viral on social media over the last few days.

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    Özil, who has Turkish roots, also recently paid a visit to Dubai where he gave tips to young promising footballers. 

    He later flew to Jordan where he played football with young refugees at the Zaatari camp and met up with Prince Ali, who recently ran for the FIFA Presidency. 

    The football star who was part of the German World Cup winning squad can often be seen reciting prayers every time before he steps onto the

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  • Draymond Green sees another shot get devoured by Kevin Durant. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Draymond Green sees another shot get devoured by Kevin Durant. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    The NBA gave Draymond Green a stay of execution on Monday, deciding that the splitting of Steven Adams' uprights that kickstarted the Oklahoma City Thunder's Game 3 annihilation of the Golden State Warriors didn't merit a one-game suspension. Instead, the All-Star power forward would be allowed to suit up for the fourth game of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.

    Given that new lease on life, Green promised Tuesday to change nothing about his approach, pushing the pedal to the metal exactly as he has throughout his journey from the second round to star status.

    “I’m never going to be careful,” he said at Tuesday's shootaround. “I’m just going to be me, and the game will play out how it plays out.”

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    But with the notable exception of groin-kicking — of which there was none, although Green did experience leg entanglement with both Enes Kanter and Russell Westbrook — Game 4 played out just about exactly as Game

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  • Top 10 Leaders Who Have Shaped Modern MMA

    MMA is well-known as the fastest-growing sport in the world today, and has established itself as a multibillion-dollar industry on an upwards trajectory.

    However, this didn’t happen by accident – the global phenomenon that is MMA we’ve come to know and love is the culmination of the efforts of 10 incredible visionaries, who saw the amazing potential MMA possessed and used their entrepreneurial spirit to develop.

    In recognition of their achievements, we’ve listed them below:

    1) Lorenzo Fertitta

    How Fertitta came to own the UFC was somewhat by chance. Back then in its early stages, the UFC was a niche sport loved by a few hardcore fans, but not a commercial success. Fertitta’s childhood friend Dana White convinced him to buy the organisation, and the rest is history, as the two went on to kickstart the sport’s global boom and lay the core foundations for its popularity.

    2) Dana White

    Undoubtedly the face of the UFC, White actually started out as a manager for popular fighters Tito Ortiz and

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  • It took 96 games for the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors to lose two games in a row. As impressive as that accomplishment is, the team with the most wins in regular-season history now has to take three in a row to avoid elimination from the postseason.

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder followed up an overwhelming blowout of the Warriors in Sunday's Western Conference Finals Game 3 with another dominant showing in Game 4, beating the 73-win defending champions 118-94. The contest proved more competitive than the previous game but no less a statement of OKC's apparent superiority in this matchup. Much as in the conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs, the Thunder have made a historically great squad look slow and overmatched the most devastating mix of length and athleticism in the NBA. The Warriors' much-feted and transformative offense has struggled to create decent looks

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  • "Why I Play” is a weekly column every Wednesday showcasing the stories of people who enjoy playing sports in Singapore. Want to see your sport featured? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or email.

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    Su-Ann Heng poses during a photoshoot at Laguna National Golf & Country Club on March 30, 2016 in Singapore. Photo: Lim Yong Teck

    Formerly a professional and national female golfer, Singapore golfer Su-Ann Heng now shares her knowledge with the younger generation as a golf instructor and as an in-house golf pundit for Fox Sports. The 27-year-old is also actively involved in the media industry as well, where she emcees and hosts on a regular basis.

    How did you get involved in golf?

    I started when I was nine. Dad and mom were obviously, adults, so we never really had too much time together as a family. Dad was always a sporty man, while mom, not really, and my brother and I have always been playing sports in school. He played soccer and I played netball and we ran and we swam. So I think we

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  • When Paige VanZant entered the "Dancing With The Stars" competition, the 22-year-old wasn’t sure that her ability on the dance floor would match her skill as a mixed martial artist.

    But as the show entered its finale, VanZant not only proved that she was a competent dancer, she ended up posting a near-perfect score in her final routine that brought two of the judges and her dance partner to tears and ended up securing a second-place finish in season 22 of the dance competition.

    VanZant and her partner Mark Ballas performed the salsa and a freestyle dance that captivated the judges. The salsa performance, which was the duo’s pick during the “redemption” stage when Ballas had to be replaced due to injury, scored 29 out of 30 points. But that was only a precursor of what was to come.

    For their second dance, VanZant and Ballas performed a freestyle that drew a perfect 30 out of 30. But, perhaps of more significance, the performance had an emotional effect on the judges. Two judges and

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  • It's Colonial Week on the PGA Tour, although the tournament at Hogan's Alley in Ft. Worth, Texas, now goes by a different name. It's now called the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, named after the gourmet and specialty food seller.

    We should have a tasty tournament in store, with Chris Kirk defending his title, Jordan Spieth headlining and the likes of Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott in the field.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1. Kevin Chappell -- We are overvaluing Chappell this week, but he's been playing fantastic golf. He's this year's Kevin Kisner, already with three runner-up showings this season, including at The Players.

    2. Jordan Spieth -- Last week, we downplayed Spieth at the Nelson, suggesting that he might not be reliable for all 72 holes. Well, that happened. But Spieth says he found something in the final round that could help him at a place where he was runner-up last year and in the top 15 the last three years.

    3. Matt Kuchar -- Kooch is back, baby! He's finished

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  • Steven Adams has been an absolute superhero for the Oklahoma City Thunder this postseason — right down to finding himself on the business end of unjust deeds perpetrated by villainous opposition — and thus it is only right and appropriate that small children in Oklahoma City begin dressing up in their best Steven Adams costumes. You are doing good work, small child outside Chesapeake Energy Arena before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals:

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    No matter who winds up scoring more points on Tuesday, I think it is fair to say that this little one has won Game 4 of the conference finals. A hearty congratulations to the parents ... especially for the detail work on those tattoos. Not quite Birdman-level complicated, but still, nothing to sneeze at, and

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  • While the TNT crew was offering outfit-based tributes to colleague Craig Sager, who's at Chesapeake Energy Arena to broadcast Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, ESPN was announcing its own very special nod to Sager's fortitude:

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    Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, and has gone through multiple courses of treatment, including chemotherapy and stem cell transplants, to try to beat back the illness. After missing nearly a year, he was cleared to return to television in March of 2015, only to see the illness return, forcing him to

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