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British Open likely to flourish even if McIlroy sits it out

LONDON - The ankle ligament injury sustained by world number one Rory McIlroy may have golf fretting about his participation at the British Open but there is little doubt the sport is bigger than one player - no matter how talented.

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Mayweather stripped of title he won in Pacquiao fight

- Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization said on Monday.

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De Villiers rested for ODI series in Bangladesh

- South Africa have released captain AB de Villiers from their one-day international squad in Bangladesh ahead of the three-match series starting in Mirpur on Friday.

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Curacao defender Martina joins Southampton

LONDON - Southampton have signed defender Cuco Martina from Dutch side FC Twente, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

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France picks Mahut over Monfils for GB Davis Cup clash

PARIS - France have left Gael Monfils out of their team to play Great Britain in the Davis Cup next week, preferring lower-ranked Nicolas Mahut for his grasscourt and doubles skills - as predicted by Monfils himself.

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Ferrer a surprise inclusion for Russia tie

BARCELONA - Spain's new Davis Cup captain Conchita Martinez sprung a surprise on Tuesday by naming world number seven David Ferrer in her team for next week's Group I tie away to Russia.

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