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Russia's Big Spenders Anzhi Target Tevez

Russia's big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala are reportedly trying to convince Manchester City's disgruntled striker Carlos Tevez to join recent signing Samuel Eto'o at the free-spending Caucasus side.

The Tvoi Den daily said Anzhi felt Tevez was there for the taking after his dramatic spat with City manager Roberto Mancini resulted in a two-week suspension for the Argentine star.

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Wayne Rooney's Father Held in Betting Probe

The father of Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney was among nine men arrested on Thursday over betting irregularities in a Scottish Premier League match, police sources said.

Wayne Rooney senior, 48, was detained at his home in Liverpool along with another seven people arrested in the city.

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Top Seed Tsonga Beats Chinese Hope

Top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga showed no mercy on Thursday, putting out home hope Zhang Ze 6-3, 6-4 to ease into the quarter-finals of the China Open.

The Frenchman, who won his sixth career title last month in Metz, will next face former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain, who beat compatriot Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-4.

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Formula One: My Toughest Season yet, Admits Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has described 2011 as "the most trying year of my career" after being embroiled in a series of incidents that have blighted his season.

The 26-year-old Briton, who won the 2008 world championship in just his second season in the sport, has won two Grands Prix this year but sits a distant fifth in the championship.

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Formula One: Alonso Promises No Let-up

Spain's two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso says he is targeting race wins rather than second place in the championship standings in the remaining five races of the season.

With Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull almost certain to take Alonso's crown of the youngest two-time World Champion in history at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, Alonso said finishing runner-up wasn't necessarily a priority.

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Nadal, Murray into Japan Open Quarters

Defending champion and top seed Rafael Nadal survived an early scare as he and second seed Andy Murray rolled into the quarter-finals of the Japan Open on Thursday in Tokyo.

David Ferrer, the third seed from Spain, also advanced, but not before dropping a set to Australia's spirited qualifier Matthew Ebden.

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Robben Ruled out of Dutch Euro 2012 Qualifiers

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben's injury curse has struck again after the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) announced on Thursday that he had been ruled out of their forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Robben had been named in the squad to play Moldova on Friday and Sweden next Tuesday but will now return to his club Bayern Munich to undergo further tests on a troublesome groin injury.

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Olympics: CAS Overturns Ban on Drug Cheats at Games

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Thursday that the rule banning athletes suspended for doping for six months or more from competing at the Olympics was "invalid and inapplicable".

The decision came following a joint request from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the CAS to examine the validity of the rule.

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Sports Stars Mourn Loss of Steve Jobs

Seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong was among those in the sporting world who took to Twitter to mourn the death of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

"Devastated 2 hear about the passing of Steve Jobs," Armstrong tweeted. "Was blessed 2 have the opportunity to spend time w/ him on several occasions. May he RIP."

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FA Chairman: Capello Won't Stay on after Euros

Fabio Capello is certain to leave his role as England coach after Euro 2012, Football Association chairman David Bernstein confirmed on Wednesday.

Capello has revealed his intention to step down following the conclusion of England's Euro 2012 campaign, but recent reports suggested some key figures in the FA are keen for him to remain in charge.

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