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ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter came out fighting on Saturday as he began his fifth term in charge of football's governing body, implying that the United States timed the announcement of a major corruption probe to try to scupper his re-election bid.

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Ex-England and United defender Ferdinand retires

LONDON - Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand announced his retirement from football on Saturday after being released by Queens Park Rangers.

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Farah surges to year's fastest 10,000 metres

EUGENE, Oregon - Olympic and world champion Mo Farah kept his four-year winning streak over 10,000 metres intact in running the year's fastest time of 26 minutes, 50.97 seconds at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Friday.

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Asia chief hails Blatter re-election as FIFA head

SINGAPORE - Asia football chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa congratulated FIFA president Sepp Blatter on his re-election for a fifth term -- a victory the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) played a major role in delivering.

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Federer wary of dangerman Monfils

PARIS - Roger Federer will need to snap a two-match losing streak against French showman Gael Monfils on Sunday if he wants to stay in the hunt for a second French Open title.

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Djokovic dismisses up-and-coming Kokkinakis to advance

PARIS - Novak Djokovic continued his smooth progression towards a maiden French Open title with a 6-4 6-4 6-4 dismissal of Australian prodigy Thanasi Kokkinakis to reach the fourth round on Saturday.

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