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Olympics: IOC Chief Wants more Female Athletes

Olympic chief Thomas Bach said Saturday he wants to see an even split of female to male athletes at international sporting events after Saudi Arabia brought no women to the Asian Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president told reporters that the world body was hopeful they could increase the number of women athletes competing in the Olympics.

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Pellegrini Takes Aim at 'Perfect' Chelsea

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes ending Chelsea’s 100 percent Premier League record would mean his side had made a decent start to their defense of the English title.

City haven't won since overwhelming Liverpool, last season's runners-up, 3-1 on August Bank Holiday Monday with what looked at the time a benchmark performance.

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Cycling: Time Running out for Valverde to Land Big One

Alejandro Valverde will have his work cut out if he is to end years of near misses and finally land the world title on home soil next week.

The 34-year-old Spaniard will be one of the favorites at the World Championships in Ponferrada but time is running out for the 2009 Vuelta a Espana winner to finally claim the road race title following five previous podium finishes.

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Wenger Warns Critics to Lay Off Ozil

Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil doesn't deserve to be made the scapegoat for Arsenal's spluttering performances despite the German star's lackluster efforts this season.

Wenger splashed out a club record £42 million ($76 million) to sign Ozil from Real Madrid last term but, although he won the World Cup with Germany this year, the playmaker is yet to make a significant impact on the Premier League.

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NFL in Crisis: Chief Vows to Put 'House in Order'

Embattled National Football League boss Roger Goodell vowed Friday to put the sport's "house in order" amid a firestorm over the NFL's handling of off-field violence involving players.

In a bid to shore up wavering public trust after allegations of domestic violence and child abuse by players, the commissioner said America's richest sports league plans to set up a new personal conduct committee and draft new rules.

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Platini Defends 'Good Choices' for Euro 2020

UEFA boss Michel Platini defended the choices of host cities for Euro 2020 on Friday, after top candidates like Cardiff and Stockholm failed to make it through.

"I wanted this competition to go all over Europe and you see today: it's spread from east to west, north to south. These are really very good choices that were made by the executive committee," he said.

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Assou-Ekotto Gets Three-Match Ban for Anelka Backing

Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto was banned for three games and fined by the Football Association on Friday after sending Nicolas Anelka a message of support following his controversial 'quenelle' gesture last season.

Former France striker Anelka made the gesture -- widely regarded as anti-Semitic -- having scored for West Brom against West Ham on December 28.

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Ecclestone Mulls Three-Car Team Revolution

Commercial ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone said Friday that Formula One may start next season with eight three-car teams instead of the current set-up with 11 two-car outfits.

"We'll know after the next two or three races," said Ecclestone. "It's always been on the cards that if we lose up to three teams then the other teams will run three cars.

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2-Time Grand Slam Winner Li Na Retires from Tour

Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.

The 32-year-old Li posted a statement on social media sites Friday, ending a week of intensifying speculation that she would announce her retirement ahead of the new WTA tournament at Wuhan, her home town.

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Brandao Banned 6 Months for Head-Butting Motta

Bastia striker Brandao was banned for six months by the French league on Thursday for head-butting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta after a league match last month.

Provisionally suspended since Aug. 22, Brandao was banned to Feb. 22 after a league disciplinary hearing.

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