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FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup

LONDON - England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday.

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Independent panels lack consistency, says Mourinho

LONDON - Allowing independent panels to punish players retrospectively for diving and other infringements would be a "disaster", according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

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Alpine skiing - Vonn will have to wait until 2015 for record

VAL D'ISERE, France - Lindsey Vonn will have to wait until the New Year for a record-equalling women’s World Cup victory after she crashed in a Super-G won by Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl on Sunday.

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Late lapse highlights problems facing Moyes at Sociedad

BARCELONA - Real Sociedad were left frustrated after a late Levante penalty denied them a first league away win of the season on Saturday with their inability to hold on to the lead a further indication of the tough job facing coach David Moyes.

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Villareal beat Deportivo 3-0 with Vietto double

BARCELONA - In-form Luciano Vietto hit two second half goals as Villarreal, down to 10 men for the final 10 minutes, cruised to a 3-0 home victory over Deportivo La Coruna to go fifth in La Liga on Sunday.

1:24pm GMT

Afridi to retire from ODIs after World Cup

KARACHI - Pakistan’s experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from one-day internationals after next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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