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English FA tightens betting rules for new season

LONDON - Tough new rules introduced by the Football Association will outlaw all football-related betting for players, club employees and match officials in the top eight tiers of the English game.

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Soccer-Drogba still has killer instinct, says Mourinho

LONDON - Veteran striker Didier Drogba will still strike fear into defenders when he begins his second spell at Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

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Van Nistelrooy named as Dutch assistant coach

AMSTERDAM - Ruud van Nistelrooy has been named as one of the Netherlands national team assistant coaches, the Dutch football association (KNVB) said on Friday.

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Egyptian sumo wrestler storms his way into ancient sport

INAZAWA Japan - Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi was a large, muscular Egyptian teenager with a passion for body building when a friend recommended he try the ancient Japanese sport of sumo. But it was a hard sell.

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World Cup boosts revenue for bookmaker William Hill

LONDON - Leading British bookmaker William Hill said the football World Cup had boosted revenues in the first half of the year, with growing numbers of its customers betting on matches online.

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Waratahs wary of Crusaders back row in Super final

SYDNEY - The New South Wales Waratahs will not be able to unleash their trademark running game if they allow the Canterbury Crusaders to dominate them at breakdown in Saturday's Super Rugby final, skipper Michael Hooper said on Friday.

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Spanish striker Villa vows to add to legacy in New York

NEW YORK - For Spanish striker David Villa, the chance to start afresh in Major League Soccer with New York City at Yankee Stadium proved irresistible in his quest to add to his legacy.

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Expect Chelsea fight for first-choice keeper spot - Mourinho

LONDON - Petr Cech is ready to take up the challenge of competing with Thibaut Courtois for the position of Chelsea's number one goalkeeper, manager Jose Mourinho said on Thursday.

Australian international Wilshire signs for Feyenoord

AMSTERDAM - Australian international Luke Wilshire has joined Feyenoord on a one year contract, the Dutch club said on Thursday.

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Best of Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali wins the Tour de France.

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McIlroy wins British Open

Rory McIlroy wins the British Open.

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