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Wales look down on England for first time in rankings

LONDON - Wales moved above their more illustrious neighbours England in FIFA's football world rankings for the first time on Thursday, their ninth-placed spot putting them one ahead of the English.

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Froome withdraws from Vuelta after heavy crash

MADRID - Chris Froome's hopes of pulling off a rare Tour de France-Vuelta double are over after he was forced to withdraw before Thursday's 12th stage after a heavy crash on Wednesday left him with a fractured bone in his foot.

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Williams retain Bottas and Massa for 2016

MONZA, Italy - Finland's Valtteri Bottas and Brazilian Felipe Massa will be racing for Williams again next season, the Formula One team said on Thursday in an announcement ending speculation about the possible return of Jenson Button.

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Djokovic clicks into gear, races to third round

NEW YORK - Novak Djokovic took a while to warm up against Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer but shifted into gear to close out the first set and then raced to a 6-4 6-1 6-2 win that closed Wednesday's play of the U.S. Open.

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Los Angeles bid is 'new start' for all, says LA mayor

BERLIN - Los Angeles' 2024 summer Olympics bid will be a new start for the United States as it attempts to land the first summer Games since 1996 and put the disappointment of Boston's failed effort behind it, the city's mayor said on Thursday.

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Saints plan to tie down Wanyama with new five-year deal

- Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, who was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window, has been offered a new five-year contract by the club, according to British media reports.

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