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Lack of bitterness set Mandela apart – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJOHANNESBURG — For all his years of struggle, imprisonment and political leadership, it was Nelson Mandela’s capacity to embrace his former oppressors without bitterness in order to achieve a multiracial national reconciliation that stands…












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Kobe Bryant disappointed in play – ESPN

ESPNLOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant said he was “pleased” with the way his body responded Sunday, playing in his first NBA game in nearly eight months since tearing the Achilles tendon in his left leg,…



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James Neal suspended for five games – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe NHL suspended Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal five games for kneeing a fallen Brad Marchand in the head. That’s the maximum for a phone hearing. Marchand was tripped by Sidney Crosby before Neal…




















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Crackdown fears grip Ukraine protests – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKIEV, Ukraine — Pro-European Union protesters occupying Kiev’s city administration building braced Monday for a confrontation with riot police. “They are not doing anything so far, just standing,” said Roman Bilan, a 22-year-old student…








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