World sports top headlines at 3:15pm

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Updated: February 6, 2012

World sports top headlines at 1:30pm Monday, Superbowl, Cycling and Fabio Cappello in the headlines.

TOP STORIES:

FBN–SUPER BOWL

INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Manning led another fourth-quarter touchdown drive and won his second Super Bowl MVP on Sunday night, leading the Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots that provided a pulsating finish to a season that started with turmoil and a lockout. Moved. By Joe Kay.

CYC–DOPING-CONTADOR

MADRID — Alberto Contador has been stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title and banned for two years after sport’s highest court found him guilty of doping. The Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended the three-time Tour champion after rejecting his claim that his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat. Moved. By Paul Logothetis and Graham Dunbar.

CYC–JOHN LEICESTER-060212

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — In their defense, the judges who decided to ban Alberto Contador faced a devilishly difficult task. Even so, their ruling that stripped the Spaniard of his 2010 Tour de France title raised more questions than it answered. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. By 1800 GMT.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

LAUREUS AWARDS

LONDON — Usain Bolt and Novak Djokovic are in line for the top prize as the Laureus sports awards are held in London less than five months before the city hosts the Olympics. By 2100 GMT. By Rob Harris.

CRI–INDIA-YUVRAJ CANCER

NEW DELHI — Yuvraj Singh is undergoing chemotherapy to treat a cancerous growth that may have been bothering him even while he produced his World Cup heroics last year. Moved.

CRI–PAKISTAN-ENGLAND

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Pakistan recorded its first ever whitewash against England on Monday after a 71-run victory in the third test sealed a crushing 3-0 series win over the world’s top-ranked team. Moved. By Rizwan Ali.

FOOTBALL:

SOC–ENGLAND-CAPELLO

LONDON — Fabio Capello’s decision to publicly challenge the firing of England captain John Terry may have opened himself up to disciplinary action. Moved.

SOC-LIVERPOOL-TOTTENHAM

LIVERPOOL, England — Luis Suarez is set to return from his eight-match racism ban for Liverpool against third-place Tottenham. A win would lift Liverpool to sixth. By 2200 GMT.

SOC–AFRICAN CUP SEMIFINALS

LIBREVILLE, Gabon — Ivory Coast and Ghana are on course to meet in a showpiece final at the African Cup of Nations that many predicted, with only semifinal opponents Mali and Zambia now able to prevent the eagerly awaited showdown. By 2100 GMT. By Gerald Imray.

SOC–AFRICAN CUP ROUNDUP

FRANCEVILLE, Gabon — Ghana and Mali scraped through to the African Cup of Nations semifinals on Sunday, as Tunisia and Gabon fell in agonizing fashion. Moved. By Gerald Imray.

OLY–SOC-ASIAN QUALIFYING

AMMAN, Jordan — Forced to play away from home due to escalating unrest, Syria stunned Asian heavyweight Japan 2-1 Sunday to boost its chances of qualifying for the London Olympics. Moved. By Roufan Nahhas.

ALSO:

— BRISBANE, Australia — SOC–BRISBANE-INDONESIA OWNERS. Moved.

— MEXICO CITY — BC-SOC–MEXICAN ROUNDUP. Moved.

— SAO PAULO — BC-SOC–BRAZILIAN ROUNDUP. Moved. By Tales Azzoni.

TENNIS:

TEN–VINA DEL MAR

VINA DEL MAR, Chile — Juan Monaco defeated Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-1 in an all-Argentina final at the Vina del Mar VTR Open on Sunday for his fourth ATP title. Moved.

CRICKET:

CRI–NEW ZEALAND-ZIMBABWE

WHANGAREI, New Zealand — Rob Nicol scored 146 runs and veteran allrounder Jacob Oram added three wickets to a dashing half century as New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 141 runs in the second limited-overs international Monday. Moved.

ALSO:

— MELBOURNE, Australia — BC-CRI–AUSTRALIA-INJURIES. Moved.

RUGBY:

RGU–ENGLAND-SPONSORSHIP

LONDON — The Rugby Football Union has extended its long-standing partnership with telecommunications giant O2, despite England’s disgraced World Cup campaign in New Zealand. Moved.

ALSO:

— LONDON — BC-FBN–NFL IN LONDON. Moved.

— WASHINGTON — BC-HKN–NHL ROUNDUP. Moved.

— BOSTON — BC-BKN–NBA ROUNDUP. Moved.

— ROSARIO, Argentina — BC-FHK–ARGENTINA-BRITAIN. Moved.

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