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Kean closes in on first piece of silverware

SINGAPORE - Former Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean remains on course to win his first trophy as a manager after his Brunei DPMM side edged past Geylang International on penalties to reach Friday's Singapore League Cup final.

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Waratahs coach Cheika draws on Leinster lessons

MELBOURNE - Michael Cheika overcame a deflating rookie campaign before guiding Leinster to Heineken Cup glory and believes the experience has him in good stead to prepare the New South Wales Waratahs for a tilt at a maiden Super Rugby title.

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Fernandez heads list of possible Ivory Coast coaches

- Four Frenchmen, including former international Luis Fernandez, have been named on a shortlist of five prospective candidates to take over as national coach of the Ivory Coast, the country's football federation said.

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Shooting champion withdrawn after jacket goes missing

- Commonwealth Games shooting gold medallist Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim has been left devastated after being ruled out of competing in Glasgow because her competition jacket was lost en route to Scotland.

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Veteran Crusaders eager to advance against hungry Sharks

WELLINGTON - Cold southwesterly winds are bringing snow to Christchurch but stalwarts Richie McCaw and Dan Carter are gambolling around like spring lambs as the Canterbury Crusaders prepare for their Super Rugby semi-final against a ravenous Sharks side.

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Potgieter starts but Waratahs expect Skelton impact

SYDNEY - Jacques Potgieter will start at lock for the New South Wales Waratahs in this weekend's Super Rugby semi-final against the ACT Brumbies but coach Michael Cheika thinks Will Skelton could be a matchwinner from the bench.

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Queiroz u-turns, negotiating new contract to lead Iran

- Carlos Queiroz has backtracked on his decision to quit as Iran coach and is negotiating an extension through to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Iranian media reported.

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Moustachioed Basque seeks Bolivar's first final

- Xabier Azkargorta, the last man to coach Bolivia at the World Cup finals 20 years ago, is this month seeking to add another extraordinary milestone to his remarkable career in the South American football backwater.

Qatar 2022 ethics investigation to report in September

ZURICH - An investigation into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, initially scheduled for completion this month, is only likely to be finished in September, FIFA said in a statement on Monday.

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McIlroy wins British Open

Rory McIlroy wins the British Open.

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Tour de France underway

Cyclists chase the yellow jersey in the race across France.

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