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Chelsea's Costa to contest FA violent conduct charge

LONDON - Chelsea striker Diego Costa will contest the Football Association's violent conduct charge for his alleged stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can, British media reported on Thursday.

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Strootman to undergo arthroscopic surgery

MILAN - AS Roma's Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman is to have arthroscopic surgery on the left knee in which he tore a cartilage last year leading to a six-month layoff.

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Russia's 2018 World Cup budget cut by 10 percent, says minister

MOSCOW - Russia's budget for staging the 2018 World Cup has been cut by 10 percent, the country's sports minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday.

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Ginola denies FIFA presidency bid is over

LONDON - Confusion surrounded David Ginola's unlikely bid for the FIFA presidency on Thursday when his campaign website said all financial donations would be returned, but the former France international denied he was pulling out.

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Spanish federation threatens stoppage in feud with state

BARCELONA - The Spanish football federation (RFEF) threatened on Thursday to halt football in the country, escalating a feud over state interference in the sport.

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Serie A is not what it was - new Sampdoria striker Eto'o

MILAN - Italian football is not what it used to be, new Sampdoria striker and four-times African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o said on Thursday.

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Highlights from the Aussie Open

Highs and lows of the Australian Open.

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Road to the Super Bowl

The Patriots will meet the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

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