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Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking

SINGAPORE - Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals.

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Serbia get walkover versus Albania, three points deducted

BELGRADE - Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania for last week's Euro 2016 qualifier, abandoned following a brawl between the players after a flag stunt, but also had three points deducted, the Serbian FA said on Friday.

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Amla century, poor New Zealand batting gives South Africa series

WELLINGTON - Hashim Amla's composed century helped South Africa to within a sniff of reclaiming the one-day top ranking after they beat New Zealand by 72 runs to wrap up their three-match series with a game to spare on Friday.

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Pistorius shoves race, crime and punishment in South Africa's face

PRETORIA - As Oscar Pistorius spent his first day behind bars this week, a suspected child rapist and murderer went on trial at the same Pretoria court in a case that has also provoked fierce debate about crime and punishment in post-apartheid South Africa.

23 Oct 2014

Home comfort helps Harman fly high at Sea Island

- Brian Harman took advantage of home comforts, ideal weather and a red-hot putter as he charged into a share of the lead in Thursday's opening round of the $5.6 million (3.49 million pounds) McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia.

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Exasperated Rodgers plays down Balotelli incident

LONDON - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looked exasperated when he asked "Is this the Mario Balotelli press conference?" as he was quizzed on Thursday about the latest headline-grabbing incident involving the Italian.

23 Oct 2014
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Best of the Asian Games

Highlights from the 17th Asian Games.

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Cilic wins U.S. Open

Croatia's Marin Cilic swept past Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to win the U.S. Open.

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