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Double strike leaves Australia facing a battle

BIRMINGHAM - England removed Chris Rogers and Steve Smith to leave Australia in trouble on the second day of the third test on Thursday as a compelling Ashes series ebbed and flowed again.

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Arsenal out to make statement of intent against Chelsea

LONDON - Old rivalries will be renewed when Arsenal play Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, with the Gunners hoping to prove they are the real deal and finally a match for the Premier League champions ahead of the new season.

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IOC faces tricky choice for 2022 Winter Olympic host

KUALA LUMPUR - The global economic crisis and the shifting power-base of world sport have left the International Olympic Committee (IOC) facing a difficult decision.

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Deep pockets and diplomacy, Korean Chung set for FIFA race

SEOUL - A towering figure in Asian football and smooth operator in diplomatic circles, South Korea's Chung Mong-joon will need to sharpen his political elbows if he is to survive the vicious twists and turns of the upcoming FIFA presidential race.

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Kaka leads MLS All-Star side to win over Tottenham

- Former Brazil international Kaka made the most of his first appearance in the Major League Football All-Star Game as he helped lead his team past English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Wednesday. Kaka, who enjoyed a long career in Europe before signing with Orlando City last year, opened the scoring with a penalty in the 20th minute in Denver and went on to earn the MVP honour.

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Cricket-Steyn joins 400 club as Bangladesh reach 246-8

DHAKA - Dale Steyn became the second South African bowler to join the 400 club as his team took five wickets in the final session to reduce Bangladesh to 246 for eight on the first day of the second test in Mirpur on Thursday.

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