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Croatia and Norway win to boost Euro semi-final hopes

European handball championship hosts Croatia edged Belarus 25-23 and dark horses Norway beat Serbia 32-27 on Thursday as both nations kept alive their hopes of reaching the last four from the main round's fiercely competitive Group I.

Beijing Games could help end NHL/IOC standoff

Since saying "I do" to the International Olympic Committee in 1998 the National Hockey League and Winter Games have endured an often tumultuous relationship, one that ended last year in an acrimonious separation.