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Box­ing: Keith Thur­man beat Danny Garcia by a split de­ci­sion to add the WBC wel­ter­weight ti­tle to his WBA cham­pi­onship Satur­day night at Brook­lyn’s Bar­clays Cen- ter. Thur­man (28-0, 22 KOs) handed Garcia his first loss in 34 bouts.

Cy­cling: French­man Ar­naud De­mare won the first stage of the Paris-Nice race Sun­day, hold­ing off Ju­lian Alaphilippe in a sprint to the line at the end of the 92-mile trek around Bois d’Arcy in the sub­urbs of Paris.

Ski­ing: Cana­dian Alex Har­vey won the men’s 50-kilo­me­ter freestyle cross-coun­try ski race at the Nordic worlds in Lahti, Fin­land.

Soc­cer: Law­maker Igor Lebe­dev, who sits in the Rus­sian par­lia­ment, has pro­posed an un­ortho­dox so­lu­tion to the coun­try’s prob­lems with soc­cer hooli­gan­ism ahead of next year’s World Cup — le­gal­ize it and make it a spec­ta­tor sport. Or­ga­nized groups of Rus­sian fans, many with mar­tial arts train­ing, fought English fans in Mar­seille dur­ing last year’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

Ten­nis: Sam Quer­rey beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Satur­day night in the Mex­i­can Open fi­nal in Aca­pulco.

Aus­tralian Ash­leigh Barty beat Nao Hib­ino 6-3, 6-2 Sun­day in the Malaysian Open fi­nal to win her first WTA sin­gles ti­tle.

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