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Women's World Cup offers hope amid FIFA crisis

VANCOUVER - A World Cup that kicked off amidst one of the biggest scandals in football history ended in joyous celebration on Sunday as the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in a free-wheeling clash that offered some hope of better days ahead for the so-called Beautiful Game.

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Cummins ready to take the red ball after Ashes call-up

SYDNEY - Australian quick Pat Cummins has not played a first class match for two years but is confident his body will hold up to the rigours of test cricket should he get the call during the Ashes series against England.

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Pakistan lose early wickets chasing 377 for victory

- Chasing a daunting 377-run victory target, Pakistan were 99 for two wickets at tea against Sri Lanka on the penultimate day of the series-deciding third and final test at Pallekele on Monday.

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Asian football head lauds confederation after Japan run

SINGAPORE - Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa wasted little time in praising the work of his organisation after Japan's runner-up showing at the women's World Cup.

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Kyrgios says will play Davis Cup for Australia

SYDNEY - Australian world number 29 Nick Kyrgios will definitely play in the Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan in Darwin later this month, if selected.

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Wambach coy on international future after World Cup win

VANCOUVER - United States striker Abby Wambach was coy on her plans for the future on Sunday, saying just that she was proud of her team's win over Japan after finally hoisting the World Cup trophy for the first time in her 12-year career with the national squad.

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