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Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH - The corruption charges engulfing football's governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the scandal.

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Contador extends Giro lead, Gilbert wins stage 18

PARIS - Alberto Contador extended his overall Giro d'Italia lead to over five minutes after a bold attack in the 18th stage, a 170-km trek from Melide, Switzerland, to Verbania won by former world champion Philippe Gilbert on Thursday.

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Misfiring McIlroy faces missing cut for second week running

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland - World number one Rory McIlroy faces missing the cut for a second week in succession after posting a nine-over-par 80 in the opening round at his home event, the Irish Open, on Thursday.

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Benitez to leave Napoli amid Real speculation

NAPLES, Italy - Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has announced he is leaving after two years with the Serie A club amid widespread expectation he is poised to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.

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Burnley's Barnes may miss most of next season

LONDON - Burnley, relegated from the Premier League, fear striker Ashley Barnes will miss most of next season after becoming their fourth player to suffer a cruciate knee injury in little more than a year.

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Mourinho keen to keep title-winning Chelsea squad intact

BANGKOK - Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to let any of his English Premier League title-winning squad depart Stamford Bridge in the close season.

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