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Serena survives, Djokovic, Sharapova ease through

LONDON - The needle on the Wimbledon Richter scale sat poised and ready but Serena Williams dug deep into her battle-hardened playbook to ensure there was no earth-shuddering shock at the hands of scurrying Briton Heather Watson on Friday.

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Dubuisson and Paratore steal French Open spotlight

PARIS - Home favourite Victor Dubuisson and little-known Italian Renato Paratore took centre stage in the second round of the French Open at Le Golf National on Friday.

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Peanut butter days were special for Charley Hull

LONDON - Charley Hull and the Solheim Cup go together like toast and jam but for the teenage Briton the 2013 edition is almost as memorable for her first taste of peanut butter as it was for a virtuoso golfing performance.

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Froome says GC battle will commence from day one

UTRECHT, Netherlands - Chris Froome reckons there will be no phoney war when the Tour de France begins with a 14km individual time trial through the streets of the picturesque Dutch city Utrecht on Saturday.

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Twelve thousand people to carry Olympic torch in Brazil

SAO PAULO - About 12,000 people will be chosen to carry the Olympic torch around Brazil in the three months leading up to next year's Games in Rio de Janeiro, organisers announced on Friday.

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Union slams FIFA and demands player involvement in reforms

VANCOUVER - The general secretary of the world players' union FIFPro has blasted FIFA, saying the sport is ruled by "people who aren't interested in the game" and that footballers must be involved in a reformed organisation. Announcing a series of initiatives around union representation for women, Theo van Seggelen said on Friday that change at soccer's ruling body FIFA, which has been rocked by a series of corruption scandals, had to include the players.

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