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UEFA keeps it in the family as Champions League changed

MONACO UEFA announced significant changes to their flagship Champions League on Friday, saying they had managed to "keep it in the family" after staving off the threat of a breakaway league by Europe's top clubs.

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Qatar Football Association backs official after FIFA investigator seeks ban

DOHA Qatar's Football Association said on Saturday it fully backed its vice president, Saoud Al-Mohannadi, a day after a FIFA investigator recommended he be banned from the game for at least 2 1/2 years over allegations of non-cooperation with an inquiry.

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Brazil court frees Ireland's Mallon arrested in Rio Olympic ticket scam

SAO PAULO A Brazilian court authorized the release of Ireland's Kevin James Mallon, the director of international sports hospitality company THG arrested on Aug. 5 for alleged illegal scalping of Olympic tickets, the local G1 news site said late on Friday.

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De Kock punishes NZ bowlers as South Africa start brightly

PRETORIA Quinton de Kock scored an unbeaten 58 and Stephen Cook was 40 not out as South Africa made a positive start to the second test against New Zealand and went to lunch on 100 without loss on the first day on Saturday.

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Hebei China Fortune name Pellegrini as manager

Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune have appointed former Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager, Chinese and British media reported on Saturday.

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Jutanugarn grabs lead, eyes fifth title of the year

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn set her sights on a fifth victory this year as she moved to a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Women’s Open on Friday. Jutanugarn completed the final two holes of her delayed first round in the morning, where she finished at four-under-par, then fired a bogey-free eight-under-par 64 in the second round to move to 12-under and take command.

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