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Finn strikes twice on test return for England

BIRMINGHAM - England fast bowler Steven Finn made an immediate impact on his return to test cricket after a two-year absence with two key Australian wickets on the first morning of the third test on Wednesday.

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Australia wrong to drop Haddin for third test - Ponting

SYDNEY - Former captain Ricky Ponting believes Australia were wrong to leave wicketkeeper Brad Haddin out of the team for the third Ashes test and says they will miss his experience when it starts at Edgbaston later on Wednesday.

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Yao holding court as Beijing bids for Winter Olympics

KUALA LUMPUR - Standing 2.29 metres (7ft 6in) tall, Yao Ming has never been able to hide in the background. And now, as one of the front men of Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the former NBA star is again the centre of attention.

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Barca defender Douglas faces two-month injury layoff

- Barcelona fullback Douglas has suffered a hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out for two months, the club said on Wednesday.

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Ad firm Dentsu wins Olympic rights in Asia for 2018-2024

KUALA LUMPUR - Advertising agency Dentsu has won the Olympic broadcasting rights for 22 countries in Asia for 2018-2024, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday.

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Honda apologise to Stoner for Suzuka crash

- Honda Racing has apologised to Australian Casey Stoner for a throttle malfunction which left the former MotoGP world champion with a couple of broken bones after a crash at the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race last weekend.

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