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Nadal claycourt winning run ended by bold Ferrer

- Rafael Nadal's 30-match claycourt winning streak ended on Friday when the world number one was stunned 7-6(1) 6-4 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer who executed a perfect gameplan to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals.

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Liverpool trio on shortlist for PFA player of the year 2:22pm BST

LONDON - Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are on the shortlist for the English Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) player of the year award.

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French prosecutors investigate Belounis's Qatar club 2:34pm BST

PARIS - French prosecutors had launched a preliminary investigation into Qatar football club Al-Jaish after Zahir Belounis was stranded in the country for 17 months due to a financial dispute, the French player's brother said.

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Trott stands down again after relapse of stress problems 10:52am BST

- England batsman Jonathan Trott has suffered more stress-related problems on his return to first class action and will take another break from the sport to undergo treatment, the country's cricket board said on Friday.

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Bolt hails Bale's Spanish Cup final stunner 10:51am BST

MADRID - Olympic champion Usain Bolt has hailed Gareth Bale's brilliant winner for Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona, saying it was the kind of goal any sprinter would be proud of.

Rebels halt Force's winning run in Melbourne 1:18pm BST

- The Melbourne Rebels ended the Western Force's winning run with a 22-16 home win in their all-Australian Super Rugby clash on Friday as an injury-time try by winger Nick Cummins gave the visitors a point.

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Time to rebuild for South Africa cricket

First Jacques Kallis retired. Then Graeme Smith called it quits. In between, South Africa lost a Test series against Australia, their first at home since the 2008-09 season. What stares the Proteas in the face now, however, is a far bigger challenge than just replacing two great cricketers.

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