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Falcao Gets Fresh Start at Chelsea

Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao said Friday he is raring to go at Chelsea after signing a one-year loan deal with the English Premier League champions.

The 29-year-old came out of a disastrous one year loan at Manchester United and is looking forward to plying his trade under Jose Mourinho for the forthcoming season.

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UEFA Lifts Man City, PSG Sanctions after Clubs Curb Spending

UEFA has lifted key Financial Fair Play sanctions from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain after both clubs met spending limits imposed last year.

UEFA's decision announced on Friday lets both clubs spend more on player transfers and wages.

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Mountaineering at 150: From Elite Hobby to Accessible Sport

A literary critic, a judge and an explorer were among a tiny group of wealthy Britons who conquered the Alps' highest peaks 150 years ago, never expecting their "gentlemen's" hobby would morph into a worldwide sport.

Mountaineering today attracts people from all walks of life, tackling summits well beyond Europe's Alpine range where it all began in 1865.

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Hewitt Hungry to Mentor Australia's Next Generation

Lleyton Hewitt is keen to mentor the new generation of Australian tennis stars and help them follow in his footsteps by becoming Grand Slam champions.

Hewitt, 34, who will retire after the Australian Open in January, is eager to pass on the benefits of his vast experience to Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Decline and Fall as Nadal Crashes to New Wimbledon Low

Rafael Nadal's career tailspin accelerated Thursday when dreadlocked German Dustin Brown condemned him to a fourth successive Wimbledon humiliation.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, slumped to a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 second round defeat against the world number 102, who cracked 13 aces and 58 winners on Center Court.

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Tears for Bassett and England as World Cup Dream ends

England's dream run to their first semi-finals at the Women's World Cup came to a heartbreaking conclusion on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Japan following a dramatic 92nd-minute Laura Bassett own-goal.

The Lionesses had been causing the defending champions problems in Edmonton with Fara Williams' penalty five minutes before the break cancelling out a penalty kick by Japan captain Aya Miyama on 33 minutes.

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Rain Delays Play as Wimbledon Cools Off

Rain delayed the start of play at Wimbledon on Thursday just 24 hours after the All England Club sizzled in record temperatures.

The mercury had climbed to a blistering 35.7C at the grass-court Grand Slam on Wednesday, leading one ball boy to be taken ill on court, while Australian star Bernard Tomic complained of heat-induced dizziness.

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U.S. Seeks Extradition of 7 FIFA Officials in Switzerland

The United States has demanded the extradition of seven FIFA officials detained in May setting off what could become a prolonged legal battle over the handling of the major corruption case.

Swiss authorities said Thursday that the U.S. embassy in Bern had sent an extradition request the day before.

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Liberia Host International as Ebola Ban Lifted

International football returns to Liberia this weekend when they host Guinea in a 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier after the lifting of an Ebola-induced ban.

The 13-month suspension was scrapped in May by African football governing body CAF and Guinea will be the first foreign side to play in Monrovia since that decision.

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Danny Blind Appointed New Dutch Coach

Danny Blind was named as new Netherlands coach on Wednesday, taking over from Guus Hiddink who left the post with the Dutch team struggling to qualify for Euro 2016.

"Danny Blind has been appointed as new coach of the Dutch eleven, starting from August 1," the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) said in a statement.

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