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African confederation: Stadiums will be full for knockouts

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP) The Confederation of African Football says it has no doubt the stadiums will be full for all of the knockout games at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, even if the host team is eliminated. CAF spokesman Junior Binyam says on Friday ''we will have stadiums full (and) packed'' for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final. The African Cup...
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Cilic delays return again, withdraws from Zagreb Indoors

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) Defending champion Marin Cilic says he is withdrawing from the Zagreb Indoors because of the lingering right shoulder injury which also forced him to miss the Brisbane International and Australian Open. The U.S. Open champion says on Friday, ''My injury is improving, but my arm still has not healed enough, so I will have to continue with the treatment for a...
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Marathon champ Rita Jeptoo banned 2 years for doping

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Athletics Kenya says on Friday it has banned marathon champion Rita Jeptoo two years for doping. Jeptoo has won the Boston Marathon three times, and her second Chicago Marathon in October. But traces of the banned blood-booster EPO were found in her out-of-competition test in Kenya on Sept. 25.
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Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo banned for two years for doping

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo banned for two years for doping.
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United boss Van Gaal confirms Fletcher in talks with West Ham

Darren Fletcher looks set to sign for West Ham after Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirmed the midfielder is in London for talks with the club. Fletcher was named United vice-captain at the start of the season, but has been unable to break into Van Gaal's first team and now looks set to move to the London side. "Darren Fletcher is now in West Ham, I believe," Van Gaal...
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Manchester City winger Sinclair joins Aston Villa on loan

Scott Sinclair has joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan from Manchester City, with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer. The winger joined City from Swansea in 2012 but has made just 19 appearances since, featuring in only four matches this season. Sinclair, who spent last season on loan at West Bromwich, told Villa's official website: "It feels great to be here and the...
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Marc Warren has Dubai clubhouse lead after 2 rounds

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Marc Warren of Scotland did his chances of making a first-ever appearance at the Masters no harm by taking the clubhouse lead in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday. Warren, who finished second in Doha last week and improved his world ranking to 56th, added a fine 7-under-par 65 to his 66 on the opening day to be 13 under overall...
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Real Madrid looks to Bale for goals against Real Sociedad

MADRID (AP) The onus has centered on Gareth Bale to lead Real Madrid's strikeforce in the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, when Real Sociedad visits in the Spanish league on Saturday. Ronaldo was suspended for two games on Wednesday for lashing out with a kick and punch against Cordoba last weekend. Also, Barcelona needs to win against a hard-charging Villarreal on Sunday...
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Chelsea striker Costa given three-match ban for Can stamp

Diego Costa has been banned for three matches after the Chelsea striker was found guilty of violent conduct. The Football Association has announced that an independent regulatory commission ruled that Costa deliberately stamped on the ankle of Liverpool's Emre Can in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg. Costa and Chelsea have no right to appeal, with Costa ruled...
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AC Milan completes loan of forward Destro from Roma

MILAN (AP) AC Milan has received Italy forward Mattia Destro on loan from Roma. The Serie A club confirmed the deal on Friday. Destro travelled up to Milan the previous day for a medical, and was mobbed by fans on his arrival at the city's main train station. Destro, who will wear the No. 9 shirt, was one of the best strikers last season, with a goal every 95.2 minutes on average...
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Man City loans winger Scott Sinclair to Aston Villa

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester City has given Scott Sinclair another chance to revive his career by sending the winger on loan to fellow English Premier League side Aston Villa for the rest of the season. Sinclair joined City from Swansea in the summer of 2012, when he played for Britain in the 2012 Olympic football tournament. He has failed to make an impact at Etihad Stadium...
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Ohio State expects $3M royalties bump after championship win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Ohio State University is cashing in after the Buckeyes' national championship victory. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1CST3ot ) the university expects a $3 million increase this year in royalties from licensed merchandise sales as fans continue to buy national championship gear and keepsakes. Retailers say the team's special story has helped...
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Djokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka to reach Aussie Open final

  Novak Djokovic was stretched to five sets again against Stan Wawrinka before beating the defending champion 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 Friday night to reach his fifth Australian Open final. The top-ranked Djokovic equaled the record shared by Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg for most Australian finals in the Open era. He has won all four of his previous finals here, including...
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'Old Firm' rivalry renewed as Celtic, Rangers meet in semi

One of the most incendiary rivalries in world football will be renewed on Sunday when Glasgow foes Celtic and Rangers meet for the first time in almost three years in a Scottish League Cup semifinal. Their 400th match will be an ''Old Firm'' showdown like no other, however. Celtic and Rangers are usually neck-and-neck atop the Scottish league standings - they have a combined 99 league...
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Luis Figo names 5 European nominees for FIFA election bid

LISBON, Portugal (AP) Luis Figo has identified the five national federations that formally nominated him to run for FIFA president against Sepp Blatter. The former Portugal great says he received the endorsement of Denmark, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro and Poland. He was also backed by his own national federation before the 2300 GMT Thursday entry deadline. Figo has little...
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England starlet Ward-Prowse signs long-term Southampton contract

James Ward-Prowse has committed his future to Southampton by penning a new five-and-a-half-year deal at St Mary's. A graduate of the club's academy, the 20-year-old midfielder has made 77 appearances in all competitions since making his debut in October 2011. Ward-Prowse has become an increasingly important player for Saints and has now been rewarded with a new and improved contract...
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Djokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka to reach final

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic was stretched to five sets again against Stan Wawrinka before beating the defending champion 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 Friday night to reach his fifth Australian Open final. The top-ranked Djokovic equaled the record shared by Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg for most Australian finals in the Open era. He has won all four of his previous...
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Ferrari unveils new 'sexy' car for 2015

MARANELLO, Italy (AP) Ferrari has unveiled the Formula One car it hopes will help new drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen get the Italian team back to winning ways. After the disappointments of 2014, when Ferrari failed to win a race for the first time since 1993, and management and staffing changes, the team is looking to the new Ferrari SF15-T to restore its fortunes....
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Blatter starts campaign by promoting Australia as World Cup host

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has fired his opening salvo in his campaign for re-election by saying Australia deserves to host the World Cup and that it is an "unfortunate omission" the country has not done so before. Australia gained only one vote when bidding for the 2022 World Cup, which was won by Qatar, and some FIFA observers believe Blatter was the one member of the world governing...
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Asian Cup: UAE edges 10-man Iraq to win 3rd-place playoff

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) Striker and captain Ahmed Khalil scored goals on either side of halftime and tournament scoring leader Ali Mabkhout converted a second-half penalty as the United Arab Emirates clinched third place in the Asian Cup with a 3-2 win over a 10-man Iraq. Golden boot candidate Mabkhout scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 57th minute after he had been...
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English FA nominates Prince Ali for FIFA presidency

The Football Association has formally nominated Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein as a candidate to stand against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. The decision was rubber-stamped at an FA board meeting - but board members also welcomed the decision by Dutch FA president Michael van Praag to run for the presidency. Former Portugal international Luis Figo is also standing, while French...
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Chelsea forward Schurrle expected to join Wolfsburg today

Andre Schurrle's agent expects the Germany international's proposed £22.5 million ($34million) transfer from Chelsea to Wolfsburg to be completed today. The 24-year-old forward is keen to leave Stamford Bridge due to his lack of regular first-team action under Jose Mourinho and has set his sights on a return to the Bundesliga, where he previously enjoyed success at Mainz and Bayer...
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GM: Kobe extension '100 percent' right move, 'worth every penny'

When the Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to his two-year, $48.5 million extension in November 2013, he hadn't played in seventh months due to a torn Achilles. Only weeks after signing the extension, Bryant returned to the court -- for all of six games before going down for the season with a broken knee. This season, the first of the two-year deal, Bryant made it through 35 games, but not...
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Magic reportedly close to firing Vaughn as head coach

Jacque Vaughn's time as head coach of the Orlando Magic appears to be dwindling. Orlando is inching closer to firing Vaughn in the midst of third season as head coach of the team, Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski and other media report. "It isn't a matter of 'if,' anymore, but 'when,'" a source close to the situation told Wojnarowski. Vaughn compiled a 43...
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Cheat Sheet: Each of Pats' five RBs preparing to be the man in Super Bowl

Seattle's "Legion of Boom" has a snazzy nickname, endorsement deals and all the attention and media spotlight a defensive backfield could ask for. Deservedly so, too. In Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, Seattle has three of the very best in the game at their respective positions, and Byron Maxwell's nothing to sneeze at either. You know their names, you know their...
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