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Finn's five wickets put England on brink of victory

BIRMINGHAM - Paceman Steven Finn's five-wicket haul put England on the brink of a 2-1 Ashes series lead over Australia on Thursday with the tourists facing a desperate battle to avoid a humiliating third test defeat.

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No deal done to back Platini says CONCACAF powerbroker

ZURICH - FIFA presidential hopeful Michel Platini has not secured the formal backing of the CONCACAF region, the head of the influential Caribbean Football Union (CFU) said on Thursday suggesting the claim was “just politics”.

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Goosen and Ishikawa set early pace with 63s

- Veteran South African Retief Goosen drew on good memories of past Presidents Cups played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club as he charged into a tie for the early lead at the Quicken Loans National in Virginia on Thursday.

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I never thought I'd take 400 test wickets, says Steyn

DHAKA, July 30 - Fast bowler Dale Steyn was delighted after becoming the second South African to reach 400 test wickets on the opening day of the second and final match against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Thursday.

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Napoli sign Romania defender Chiriches from Spurs

LONDON - Napoli have agreed to sign Romanian international Vlad Chiriches from Tottenham Hotspur, the clubs announced on Thursday.

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Barca’s youth eager to shine during transfer ban

BARCELONA - Barcelona’s famed youth academy has taken a back seat to big-name signings in recent years but as a result of the FIFA transfer ban imposed on the club, promising youngsters have been given a chance to shine in Luis Enrique’s side.

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