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Bell steers England to victory, hosts take 2-1 Ashes lead

BIRMINGHAM - Ian Bell guided England to an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the third test at Edgbaston on Friday to put the hosts 2-1 up in the series with two matches to play.

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Walcott and Cazorla sign new Arsenal contracts

LONDON - Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts with the Gunners, the Premier League club said on Friday.

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Argentine executive to appear in U.S. court in FIFA case

NEW YORK - The former chairman of an Argentina-based sports marketing business who was among the 14 people indicted in a federal corruption case that has rocked the football world's governing body is expected to appear in U.S. court on Friday.

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Brazil corruption probe threatens Rio Olympics preparations

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's largest-ever corruption scandal threatens to slow down preparations for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year as it engulfs construction companies responsible for the lion's share of projects worth around $12 billion.

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England's Anderson ruled out of fourth Ashes test

BIRMINGHAM - England paceman James Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the third Ashes test and will miss the fourth match at Trent Bridge with a side strain, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday.

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Lausanne chosen as host city of 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

KUALA LUMPUR - Lausanne, the Swiss city where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is based, was chosen on Friday to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics.

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