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CANBERRA nike air force1 high womens , March 7 (Xinhua) -- Seven National Basketball Association (NBA) players have been called up in Australia's preliminary 26-man basketball squad for the Rio Olympics, despite questions remaining on whether or not their teams will allow them to play in it.

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Also named in the squad was the much-hyped college player Ben Simmons, who currently plies trade for Louisiana State University.

Simmons is expected to be top pick in this year's NBA draft, but might be barred from playing at the Olympics if his new team doesn't want to risk injury.

The same goes for injured Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum. The Australian is still recovering from a knee reconstruction and has not played for the Jazz this season.

Exum's Jazz teammate Joe Ingles said it would be up to the team management as to whether or not Exum would be allowed to put on the green and gold jersey for the Boomers in Rio.

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LONDON, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Bedtime was cancelled in Leicester Monday night as the city's football club was officially crowned championships of the English top flight for the first time in its history.

Thousands of citizens in Leicester watched a late kickoff clash between London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, knowing the result of that game will make history in Leicester.

Spurs needed a victory at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge to keep alive hopes of catching up Leicester City.

The kickoff at 8 p.m. BST meant the people of Leicester, more than 140 kilometers away in the East Midlands region of England, had to cling on to every second of the match in the country's capital.

The waiting was over after 90 minutes plus six agonising minutes of extra time, with a 2-2 draw enough to secure championships for Leicester.

There was singing and dancing in the city as revellers celebrated a moment of football history. The cheering was loud enough to wake even King Richard III whose remains were laid to rest just months ago in a Leicester Cathedral.

People took to social media to express their delight. James Sharpe wrote on social media "there is a cacophony of car hooters blazing all around the streets of Leicester. It can never get any better than this."

City Council officials say the victory will put Leicester on the global map, adding millions of dollars to the city's tourism income.

The victory guarantees a place for Leicester in the financially lucrative European Champions League next season.

Within seconds of the final whistle, Leicester City FC was proclaiming its title win on the club's official website.

"For the first time in the club's 132-year history, Leicester City are the champions of England," the club announced.

Local newspaper hailed the success as the most amazing sports story, with the team ranked 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the 201516 season completing the most astonishing feat ever in English sporting history.

The celebrations will continue Tuesday. Due to meet Everton for its last home match of the season this weekend, the celebrations may have to be out on ice.

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Dual Olympic champion Maria Grozdeva of Bulgaria won her first World Cup series medal since 2010 by defeating China's Zhang Jingjing in the women's 25m pistol at a Rio 2016 test event on Wednesday.

Having qualified for the final with the best semifinal score, Grozdeva led from start to finish to win the gold medal match 8-2.

"I'm training really hard for the next World Cup stages in Munich and Baku," said the 43-year-old, who is also president of the Bulgarian shooting federation.

"I am also very lucky to have many people helping me with my job. We started from scratch three years ago, so we obviously have a lot of things to do."

Ukraine's Olena Kostevych, who won gold in Sunday's 10m air pistol, took bronze in the 25m pistol by defeating Germany's Monika Karsch 8-6.

Already banished from soccer for eight years, former FIFA leaders Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are again facing the threat of life bans.

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