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FIFA committed to 2018 World Cup in Russia

ZURICH - FIFA remains committed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and says a boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region, football's world governing body said on Friday.

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Amla, De Villiers dig in for South Africa

COLOMBO - COLOMBO, July 25 – South Africa batted cautiously to reach 98 for three as they try to preserve their 1-0 lead in the series in the second test and final against Sri Lanka on Friday.

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Barca need to play like they did in 2008, Iniesta says

BARCELONA - Barcelona are looking to recapture the kind of form they hit when former coach Pep Guardiola, the club's most successful manager, took over in 2008, midfielder Andres Iniesta said on Friday.

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Greece name Italian Ranieri as manager

ATHENS - Italian Claudio Ranieri has signed a two-year deal to manage the Greek national team through to the 2016 European Championship, the Hellenic football federation (EPO) said on Friday.

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Hamilton fastest in hot Hungarian practice

BUDAPEST - Lewis Hamilton started his Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as he meant to continue, with the fastest lap in Friday's first free practice and championship-leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg behind him.

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Time was right for Liverpool to sell Suarez - owner

- Liverpool chose the right time to part ways with the prolific-but-controversial striker Luis Suarez and the Premier League side will have no trouble coping without the Uruguayan, the club's principal owner John Henry said.

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World Cup bids ethics investigation to report in September

(This July 21 story has been refiled to clarify that the FIFA investigation into the World Cup bidding process relates to both the 2018 and 2022 tournaments)

Sharks to stay controlled, not likely to go into frenzy

WELLINGTON - The ACT Brumbies have abandoned his conservative game plan but Jake White's Sharks' side won't when they face the Canterbury Crusaders in their Super Rugby semi-final on Saturday.

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Wenger bemoans Arsenal's pre-season tour schedule

NEW YORK - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has echoed the sentiments of new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal in criticising the demands of their pre-season tour.

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McIlroy wins British Open

Rory McIlroy wins the British Open.

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Tour de France underway

Cyclists chase the yellow jersey in the race across France.

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