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TOP SPORTS PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Last updated on: March 13, 2012 09:46 IST

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A member of Crystal Palace diving club dives during a training session in London.

Standing in neat lines in a south London gym, a squad of hand-picked, tracksuited youngsters stretch their arms in unison, counting together in Mandarin.

Taking the proverb 'if you can't beat them, join them' quite literally, Crystal Palace diving club has turned to Chinese expertise to foster Britain's future Olympic hopes.


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Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari attends a training session to prepare for the Olympics in Brescia.


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Bolivian President Evo Morales is tackled during a friendly soccer match against a selection of former Austrian national soccer team members in Vienna.

Morales is on a one-day visit to Austria.


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Sharapova wrapped up a 6-3, 6-4 win against Romania's Simona Halep on the fifth match point.

Sharapova, the 2006 champion, led Halep 6-3 and 5-0 before inexplicably losing her way. The Romanian held for 1-5 and the Russian then squandered three match points on serve before being broken in the seventh and ninth games.

After several protracted baseline rallies punctuated by squeals and grunts by both players, Sharapova finally sealed victory on her fifth match point when Halep netted a backhand.


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Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle and Robin van Persie (right) of Arsenal battle for the ball during their English Premier League encounter.

Arsenal narrowed the gap on third-placed Tottenham Hotspur to one point when Thomas Vermaelen struck deep in stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over Newcastle United in a dramatic Premier League match on Monday.


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