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West Ham may spend more widely next year, says Allardyce

LONDON - West Ham United were right to spend most of their transfer budget on Andy Carroll last year but may do things differently next season, manager Sam Allardyce said on Thursday.

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Phelps wins first race in comeback 24 Apr 2014

PHOENIX - Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, setting the fastest time in the 100 metres butterfly heats at a USA Swimming Grand Prix meet in suburban Phoenix.

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Sevilla earn two-goal cushion against Valencia 12:17am BST

BARCELONA - Stephane MBia and Carlos Bacca were on target for Sevilla as they took a big step towards reaching the Europa League final with a 2-0 victory over Valencia on Thursday.

Brazil to play Turkey in November friendly 24 Apr 2014

SAO PAULO - Brazil will play an international friendly against Turkey in Istanbul on November 12, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday.

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Benfica and Sevilla secure Europa League wins 24 Apr 2014

LONDON - A stunning late goal from Benfica's Lima left Juventus's hopes of reaching a home Europa League final hanging in the balance after a 2-1 first-leg defeat, while Sevilla won 2-0 against Valencia in Thursday's all-Spanish last-four clash.

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Scolari knows Brazil squad, picks four captains for World Cup 24 Apr 2014

SAO PAULO - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari knows his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals and has chosen Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Julio Cesar and Fred to act as captains, he said on Thursday.

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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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