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Italy's Balotelli given compassionate leave by Liverpool

- Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been granted compassionate leave after a family bereavement and will miss the first day of pre-season training on Monday, the Premier League club said.

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Muguruza finds her grasscourt groove to reach Wimbledon semi

LONDON - Garbine Muguruza's new-found love-affair with grass blossomed further on Tuesday as she became the first Spanish woman in 18 years to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 7-5 6-3 win over Timea Bacsinszky.

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Australia prepares for sleepless nights, frets a little

SYDNEY - Australian cricket fans prepared themselves for one final decent night's sleep on Tuesday before seven weeks glued to television sets deep into the small hours watching the Ashes series beamed around the world from Europe.

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Froome retains his grip as Martin claims yellow

CAMBRAI, France - Chris Froome lost his yellow jersey but retained his grip on his rivals after surviving a day on the cobbles in the Tour de France on Tuesday.

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Johnson back to express best in time for Ashes - Clarke

CARDIFF - Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is at full throttle and ready to torment England's batsmen again in the Ashes series, his captain Michael Clarke said on Tuesday.

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Wimbledon's famous strawberries now come...as mush

LONDON - There's a new way to ingest strawberries at Wimbledon this year but the public isn't invited and the famous berries from the nearby English county of Kent aren't eaten with a spoon and don't come with cream either.

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