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McIlroy and Wust take top Reuters awards

LONDON - Double major golf winner Rory McIlroy and prolific Olympic Dutch speed skater Irene Wust have been named Reuters sportsman and sportswoman of the year after a poll of the news agency's sports journalists from around the world.

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Abidal announces retirement 'for personal reasons'

ATHENS - Former France defender Eric Abidal, who returned to playing after undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012, announced on Friday he was ending his career for 'personal reasons'.

12:18pm GMT

Philander strikes as Windies rue controversial review

PRETORIA - Vernon Philander picked up two wickets as a controversial review decision soured an otherwise solid morning for West Indies, who went to lunch on 110 for two on day three of the opening test against South Africa on Friday.

10:55am GMT

Rebel Simeone upsetting Spanish establishment

BARCELONA - La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have become the mirror image of Diego Simeone as a well-organised and hard-working team with a fierce commitment and a strong rebellious streak.

10:06am GMT

Atletico's Simeone pleased with improving Mandzukic

MADRID - Filling the shoes of Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid was always going to be a tall order but coach Diego Simeone is pleased so far with the performances of Mario Mandzukic.

10:44am GMT

Asian head wants 'illegal Israel practices' stopped

- The head of Asian football declared his commitment to tackling the "illegal Israeli practices" hindering Palestinian football on Thursday, adding that he expects measures to come in the new year after talks with FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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