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Chelsea stroll to victory over West Ham

LONDON - Leaders Chelsea kicked off a hectic holiday programme in the Premier League with a dominant 2-0 victory over high-flying London rivals West Ham United on Friday.

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Smith anchors Australia on attritional day

MELBOURNE - Young captain Steven Smith compiled a watchful half-century to guide Australia to 259 for five at stumps and leave the third test against India delicately poised after an attritional opening day in Melbourne on Friday.

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McCullum blasts New Zealand to massive first day total

- Brendon McCullum came agonisingly close to breaking the world record for the fastest test double century as he bludgeoned Sri Lanka's attack around Hagley Oval to lead New Zealand to 429 for seven at the close on the first day of the first test on Friday.

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Vietnam gets tough with life bans for match-fixers

HANOI - Vietnam's soccer federation has banned nine players for life for fixing an Asian club match, part of efforts to win back dwindling confidence of fans and rebuild a reputation tarnished by bribery scandals.

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Trott announces engagement to British team mate Kenny

LONDON - British Olympic track cycling gold medallists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are to tie the knot.

25 Dec 2014

Tskhadadze named new head coach of Georgia

MOSCOW - Former Manchester City defender Kakhaber Tskhadadze has signed a two and a half year contract to take over as head coach of Georgia, the country's football federation said on its website (www.gff.ge).

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