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Prince Ali Launches Attack on Platini in Presidential Race

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said on Wednesday that he thought Michel Platini, who confirmed he will run for FIFA president next year, is "not good for football and football's fans and players deserve better".

The Jordanian prince, who was beaten to the post at the head of world football's governing body by long-standing chief Sepp Blatter in May, turned on the Frenchman and said Platini, who is seen as a strong candidate, is not the man to run the sport's global affairs.

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Polluted Bay Biggest Problem for Rio Games, Says IOC

Cleaning up the dangerously polluted Guanabara Bay in the next year for sailing events is the biggest challenge facing Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers, IOC chief Thomas Bach said Wednesday.

"This is first of all the cleaning of the bay," Bach said when asked about the problems remaining for the Rio Games which start on August 5 next year.

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Mourinho Fires back at Benitez's Wife

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fired back Tuesday at comments from the wife of Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez, who said her husband is "tidying up" Mourinho "messes" once again.

Montserrat Seara told Le Region newspaper that her Spanish husband has had to clean up after Mourinho in three stops where he has followed the Portuguese coach, at Inter Milan and Chelsea as well as Real Madrid.

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Chelsea, Barca Sore but Ready to Defend Crowns

Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea and reigning European kings Barcelona exited Tuesday's friendly showdown injured but intensely motivated as they return to Europe to defend their crowns.

Chelsea captured the International Champions Cup victory 4-2 on penalty kicks after the teams were deadlocked 2-2 after regular time thanks to Chelsea defender Gary Cahill's header in the 85th minute.

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Report: Michael Jordan Loses China Trademark Suit

A Beijing court has dismissed a trademark case brought by U.S. basketball superstar Michael Jordan against a company using a similar name and logo to his Nike-produced brand, a report said.

The former Chicago Bull is arguably the most popular international basketball star in China and is known in the country as "Qiaodan", a Chinese version of his name.

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IOC Chief: Boston Failed to Deliver on Promises

The United States has pledged to find a new candidate city for the 2024 Olympics after Boston failed to "deliver" on promises, IOC chief Thomas Bach said Wednesday.

The International Olympic Committee president said he had been baffled by Boston's tactics and could understand the U.S. decision on Monday to withdraw the city as a candidate.

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Bayern Confirm Vidal Switch from Juventus

Bayern Munich confirmed on Tuesday they have signed Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal from Juventus on a five-year deal with Bastian Schweinsteiger's replacement reportedly costing 35 million euros ($38.6m, £24.8m).

The 28-year-old midfielder has been brought in by the German champions to bolster their options in the middle after Germany captain Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United earlier this month.

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Diving: Italy's Cagnotto Breaks China's Winning Streak

Tania Cagnotto won Italy's first diving gold medal for 40 years on Tuesday in the women's 1m springboard final to break China's winning streak at the world championships in Kazan.

Cagnotto, the reigning European champion, struck gold with 310.85pts over the five rounds as Chinese pair Shi Tingmao, who won silver, and bronze medallist He Zi, the former world champion, had to settle for podium places.

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Almaty Offers Traditional Winter Setting in 2022 Olympic Bid

Instead of grand talk about how the Olympics will break new ground by going to a majority-Muslim country for the first time, or by making their first visit to Central Asia, Almaty's bid for the 2022 Winter Games is about tradition.

After a backlash against Sochi's $50 billion Winter Olympic extravaganza last year, the onus is on Almaty and its rival for the 2022 Games — Beijing — to show how they would host the games without big budgets and huge construction projects.

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A-Rod Takes Pride at Being 40 and still Playing in Majors

Alex Rodriguez doesn't remember any clubhouse conversations as a young player about still being in the game at 40 years old.

"You talk more about 35, coming into your mid-30s. Forty's not really talked about," Rodriguez said. "So, sure, there's a certain amount of pride."

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