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China's Li Na announces her retirement from tennis

BEIJING - China's Li Na, Asia's only grand slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis on Friday, succumbing to the effect of long-term knee injuries.

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Diversity, sporting power on show at Asiad opening

INCHEON South Korea - The 17th Asian Games opened in a multi-coloured blaze of fireworks and carefully crafted K-Pop routines on Friday, as athletes from the world's most populous region came together in pursuit of gold and glory in South Korea.

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Ludogorets eye another run to the knockout stages

SOFIA - Unfancied Bulgarian champions Ludogorets are determined reach the knockout stages of a European competition for a second successive year despite being drawn against Champions League heavyweights Real Madrid and Liverpool, the club's owner said.

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Hull boss Bruce feels sympathy for under-fire Pardew

LONDON - Under-fire Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew received support from the man being tipped as his possible replacement on Friday, with Hull City's Steve Bruce describing as ridiculous the flak flying in his direction.

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Alonso lifts Ferrari gloom in Singapore practice

SINGAPORE - Fernando Alonso gave his embattled Ferrari team some welcome cheer by clocking the fastest time in first free practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on a balmy floodlit evening at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on Friday.

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Formula One revises radio ban after team talks

SINGAPORE - Formula One's governing body postponed the bulk of a ban on radio and pit board messages until next season after deciding on Friday that this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix was too early for teams to adapt to the new restrictions.

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Cilic wins U.S. Open

Croatia's Marin Cilic swept past Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to win the U.S. Open.

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Williams wins 18th grand slam title

World number one Serena Williams swept past Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3 6-3 in the U.S. Open final.

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