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Walcott scores twice as Arsenal beat Basel

LONDON Theo Walcottt scored twice before halftime as Arsenal beat FC Basel 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to move joint top of Champions League Group A on Wednesday.

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Injured Rooney may not start against Zorya, says Mourinho

LONDON Wayne Rooney may not start Manchester United's Europa League match against Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk for his own protection as he is struggling with a back injury, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.

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Barcelona battle from goal down to beat Gladbach 2-1

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany Barcelona battled back from a goal down and scored twice in the second half to beat hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in their Champions League Group C match on Wednesday despite the absence of the injured Lionel Messi.

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Bookmakers still betting on Hamilton for F1 title

LONDON British bookmakers are backing Lewis Hamilton to come good in this season's Formula One title chase, despite Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg having the upper hand with six races remaining.

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Italy withdraws from bid to host 2023 rugby World Cup

ROME Italy withdrew from the race to host the 2023 rugby World Cup on Wednesday, one week after Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games was effectively scuppered when the city government withdrew its support.

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IOC sanctions three boxers for betting during Rio 2016

Three Olympic boxers, including beaten Irish bantamweight Michael Conlon who had accused the judges of robbing him of victory, have been sanctioned by the IOC for betting on fights during the Rio Games.

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