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Bell steers England to victory, hosts take 2-1 Ashes lead

BIRMINGHAM - Ian Bell guided England to an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the third test at Edgbaston on Friday to put the hosts 2-1 up in the series with two matches to play.

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Villa sign French midfielder Veretout from Nantes

LONDON - Aston Villa have signed French midfielder Jordan Veretout from Ligue 1 club Nantes on a five-year contract, the Premier League side said on Friday.

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Walcott and Cazorla sign new Arsenal contracts

LONDON - Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts with the Gunners, the Premier League club said on Friday.

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Argentine executive to appear in U.S. court in FIFA case

NEW YORK - The former chairman of an Argentina-based sports marketing business who was among 14 people indicted in a federal corruption case involving the soccer world's governing body, FIFA, is expected to appear in U.S. court on Friday.

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Brazil corruption probe threatens Rio Olympics preparations

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's largest-ever corruption scandal threatens to slow down preparations for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year as it engulfs construction companies responsible for the lion's share of projects worth around $12 billion.

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England's Anderson ruled out of fourth Ashes test

BIRMINGHAM - England paceman James Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the third Ashes test and will miss the fourth match at Trent Bridge with a side strain, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday.

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