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Usain does it again for Beijing sweep

BEIJING - Usain Bolt delivered Justin Gatlin a second knockout blow in five days to win his fourth straight 200 metres world title on Thursday and prove that when it comes to major championship sprinting, he simply has no peer.

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Serena faces strong home challenge at U.S. Open

NEW YORK - Serena Williams must navigate a heavily American quarter of the draw including sister Venus to complete a calendar sweep of the four grand slams, while two sensational quarter-finals loom on the men's side after Thursday's U.S. Open draw.

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Watson sizzles at Barclays, Spieth struggles

EDISON, New Jersey - Bubba Watson charged into a tie for the early first-round lead at The Barclays on Thursday while newly crowned world number one Jordan Spieth struggled to his worst score of the year in relation to par.

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Pedro arrival will make Hazard even better, Courtois says

- Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says new signing Pedro will help Eden Hazard, last season's Premier League player of the year, to become even better.

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Ivory Coast leave Toure out of Nations Cup squad

ABIDJAN - African champions Ivory Coast have left out captain Yaya Toure from their African Nations Cup qualifier next week as he reflects on his future international career, coach Michel Dussuyer said on Thursday.

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Balotelli blames Rodgers tactics for poor Liverpool stint

- Maverick striker Mario Balotelli blamed his poor Liverpool stint on manager Brendan Rodgers' tactics after completing his season-long loan move to AC Milan on Thursday.

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