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    Messi, Ronaldo & The Top 20 Scorers Of 2017

    The forward's goals also played a key role in Portugal's qualification for next summer's World Cup in Russia but how many did he actually net in 2017? Interestingly, not as many as Lionel Messi or Robert Lewandowski.

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    Saudi women to be allowed into sports stadiums

    Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums as of next year, the kingdom’s latest step towards easing rules on gender segregation but they will be seated in the so-called family section.

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    UAE officials apologize to Israel for ‘judo snub’

    The United Arab Emirates' top judo official has apologized to his Israeli counterpart after Emirati judokas refused to shake hands with their Israeli opponents at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam judo tournament.

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    Pak beats Sri Lanka by nine-wickets in final ODI

    Pakistan comfortably won the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka by nine wickets, completing a 5-0 whitewash in Sharjah on Monday and marking their ninth consecutive victory in the format.

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    FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation

    The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has decided to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) immediate effect due to “undue third-party interference.”

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    'Qatar crisis can end if Doha gives up FIFA World Cup'

    The comments on Twitter by Dhahi Khalfan, the often-outspoken head of security in Dubai, mark the first time any official from the four Arab countries boycotting Qatar has directly linked.

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    What ban? Chinese in thrall to tennis 'goddess' Sharapova

    One fellow player labelled her "a cheater" and she is said to be unpopular in the locker room, but Maria Sharapova remains a crowd favourite in China despite her doping ban.

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    No regrets about calling Trump a bum, says LeBron James

    LeBron James said on Monday he did not regret branding President Donald Trump a “bum”, accusing the US leader of dividing the nation in his feud with the sports world.

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    Why aren't there any Indians in the World XI?

    Back when I edited slightly complicated news stories, journalistic habit would kick in and present me with a question: What if someone landed from Mars and read this story? Would it adequately .

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    At 101, meet the fastest runner

    Healthy food, regular training and an indomitable spirit. That is what propelled 101-year-old Man Kaur across the finish line on April 24 at the World Master’s Games in Auckland this year.

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    2018 World Cup qualifiers bring drama to the Middle East

    As usual in the international breaks in the region, the main story must somehow connect to the Syrian national team, which has continued its heroic journey towards the forthcoming World Cup.

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    Syria reach World Cup play-off with Australia after late equaliser in Iran

    Syria scored deep into stoppage time at Iran to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time amid an ongoing civil war at home.

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    Malaysia reigns supreme at SEA Games with 145 gold medals

    Host Malaysia has won 145 gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games to emerge as overall champion for the first time in 16 years, making it a double celebration in conjunction with the 60th anniversary.

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    AB de Villiers steps down as South Africa's ODI captain

    AB de Villiers has stepped down as South Africa's one-day captain but could return to Test cricket having made himself available for all three formats from mid-October onwards following discussions with CSA.

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    Sri Lanka team to tour Pakistan in September in first visit since 2009 attack

    Sri Lanka's cricket board has approved a tour to Pakistan, eight years after a deadly militant attack on the team brought top international games in the country to a standstill, officials said on Monday.

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    Ironman 70.3 triathlon race to be held in Astana in 2018

    The Ironman 70.3 world race will be held in Astana next year, President of the Kazakh triathlon federation Karim Massimov told the media during the July 29-30 Astana Asia Cup Open 2017 event.

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    Indian boxer beats China rival then offers belt back to heal border dispute

    Indian boxer Vijender Singh won a title fight against his Chinese opponent on Saturday and offered to hand back the prize as a gesture of peace between the two nations.

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    Iran downs Australia in Asian Volleyball Championship

    The Iran men's national under-23 volleyball team has achieved a hard-fought win at the semifinal round of the 19th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship in Indonesia, beating the Australian squad.

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    Australians mull boycotting Bangladesh tour

    Australia’s senior players have voted to boycott next month’s tour of Bangladesh unless their long-running pay dispute with Cricket Australia (CA) is settled before they leave, reports said on Monday.

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    Arab countries urge FIFA to strip Qatar of 2022 World Cup

    The six Arab countries who last month cut ties with Qatar are reported to have written to world soccer’s governing body FIFA to demand it be stripped of hosting the 2022 World Cup because they consider the Gulf.

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    Afghan cycling sisters take refuge in home of 'Grand Boucle'

    With discreet black scarves tucked beneath their helmets, Afghan refugees Zahra and Masomah Alizada hurtle down Brittany’s rural and winding roads… the sisters back on their bikes training after the Ramadan recess.

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    Turkish youth wins European wrestling gold in Germany

    Kamal defeated Emin Narimanovitch Sefershaev 5-3 in the final bout of the 55 kilogram class, helping Turkey to rank third out of 38 European countries competing in the tournament, which ended yesterday.

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    FIFA: 'No foul play' in Qatar World Cup bid

    It comes a day after a Saudi government-linked lobby in Washington said Doha should be stripped of its right to host the tournament for alleged "ethics violations".

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    World XI will play in Pakistan, confirm ICC

    Plans for the full resumption of international cricket in Pakistan moved forward Friday when the sport’s global governing body said it wanted to send a World XI to the country later this year.

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