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Ben Arfa Won't Play for Hull again Says Bruce

Hull City manager Steve Bruce says French winger Hatem Ben Arfa has played his last game for the Premier League club after a troubled loan spell at the KC Stadium.

Ben Arfa has played just nine times for Hull since his temporary move from Newcastle United and reports in France last weekend indicated that he had returned to Paris and was training on his own.

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Beijing Ramping up Bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing is ramping up its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics by holding a series of international athletic competitions and promotional events.

Games organizers said Thursday the upcoming season-opening Freestyle Skiing World Cup in Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium will be the first of six international competitions in the capital city and Shanghai. Skating events make up most of the remainder.

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Qatar: Building Team to Spring Surprise in 2022

It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.

So how embarrassing might the score be when Qatar — smallest host in World Cup history, with just 282,750 citizens — plays the opening game of its 2022 tournament against, for example, titans Brazil or Germany?

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Grizzlies Beat Spurs in Triple Overtime

Memphis prevailed in a triple-overtime classic at San Antonio on Wednesday, blowing a 23-point lead before recovering to eke out a 117-116 victory over the NBA champions, a day after ending Golden State's 16-game winning streak.

The Grizzlies moved within half a game of the Warriors for the overall league lead and moved 4-1/2 games ahead of the Spurs, a Southwest Division rival.

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Column: Thaw in U.S.-Cuba Relations Warms up MLB

If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it's hard to see the downside.

Just don't expect too much, too soon. Barely two hours after President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement Wednesday in Washington, both MLB and its players' union acknowledged as much in statements.

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Investigator Quits over FIFA's Handling of Report on 2018, 2022 World Cups

Former U.S. prosecutor Michael Garcia resigned Wednesday as FIFA's chief corruption investigator in protest at the football governing body's handling of his report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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Angry Garcia to Fight Slap Accusations

Roma coach Rudi Garcia said he will fight "with every means possible" to clear his name after being accused of trying to slap a stadium steward during his side's win at Genoa.

Garcia will watch Roma's next two league games from the stands after being issued with a two-game touchline ban for reportedly trying to slap a steward at the end of Roma's 1-0 win last Sunday.

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Real's James back for Club World Cup Final

Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez has shaken off a calf injury and is back in full training for Real Madrid ahead of Saturday's Club World Cup final.

Rodriguez missed Tuesday's 4-0 destruction of Mexico's Cruz Azul after picking up the injury in a league match December 6, but went through a full work out Wednesday morning.

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Devi Banned for 1 Year over Medal Refusal at Asiad

The Indian female boxer who had refused to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games has been banned for one year.

Boxing India said Wednesday that world governing body AIBA confirmed the ban on Sarita Devi, backdated to the day of the incident on October 1.

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Grizzlies Snap Warriors Winning Streak at 16

Memphis snapped Golden State's 16-game winning streak with a 105-98 victory in Tuesday's clash of the NBA's two top teams.

The Grizzlies moved within one game of the Warriors for the league's best record by notching their fifth straight win.

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