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Balotelli: I’m Not Crazy But I Do Strange Things

Mario Balotelli insists he’s not crazy, although he does acknowledge that he “can do strange things” from time to time.

For example, Balotelli recently had to evacuate his house in England after fireworks were let off in his bathroom. And he has been questioned by Naples prosecutors over a visit with the Camorra crime syndicate.

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Ecclestone Takes Stand in Formula One Bribery Case

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone took the stand in Munich on Wednesday as the star witness in the trial of a German former banker accused of receiving bribes from the motorsport chief.

The testimony from Ecclestone, Formula One's commercial rights holder who has run the sport for nearly 40 years, was keenly awaited in the trial of Gerhard Gribkowsky, who is accused of corruption, tax evasion and embezzlement.

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Djokovic, Murray Reach Paris Masters Third Round

Novak Djokovic dismissed Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-3 in the Paris Masters second round on Wednesday amid concerns about the shoulder injury which bothered him last weekend at the Swiss Indoors.

The top-ranked Djokovic complained of shoulder pains in his semifinal loss to Kei Nishikori in Basel. He said he was fine after practice on Tuesday.

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French Climbers Found Dead in Alps after Week-Long Search

Two French climbers who were at the center of a dramatic week-long search after they were stranded in the Mont Blanc massif were found dead on Wednesday, rescuers said.

"The two people are dead," Oscar Taiola, who led rescue efforts on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, told AFP, after rescuers earlier announced they had located the climbers.

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Germany's Goetze Eager to Face Dutch

Germany's teenage star Mario Goetze is hoping for the chance to take on World Cup runners-up the Netherlands on Tuesday and for the opportunity to play alongside Real Madrid play-maker Mesut Ozil.

Goetze, who turned 19 in June, has been in stellar form this season for both his club, Borussia Dortmund, and country, but Germany coach Joachim Loew has so far resisted playing him alongside Real's Ozil.

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Former Juve Boss Moggi Gets More than Five Years in Prison

Former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi was sentenced to five years and four months in jail on Tuesday for his role in the 2006 Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.

Fiorentina owners Andrea and Diego Della Valle and Lazio president Claudio Lotito received sentences of 15 months, though, they will not have to serve them as under Italian law sentences under two years don't require the guilty party to serve time.

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Abu Dhabi Yacht Set to Rejoin Volvo Ocean Race

Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team looks set to rejoin the Volvo Ocean Race on Wednesday after the shore crew worked around the clock to repair their dismasted boat Azzam following a devastating first 24 hours in the world's toughest professional sailing event.

The 39,000-nautical mile, nine-month race claimed two victims on the first day after launching the opening leg between Alicante, Spain and Cape Town on Saturday with Walker's and Team Sanya representing China both forced to suspend racing.

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Home is Where the Swiss are for Schumacher

Seven-time world Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has caused a stir in Germany by insisting "Switzerland is the only home I have".

The 42-year-old has lived in Switzerland for the last 15 years and has settled with wife Corinna and his two children on the shores of Lake Geneva, despite being born and raised in Germany.

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Berdych Closes in on Ticket to London

Tomas Berdych took another step towards securing a place in the eight-man ATP season wrap-up as the Czech fifth seed reached the third round of the Paris Masters on Tuesday with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Fernando Verdasco.

The 2010 Wimbledon finalist still needs to gain a place in the quarter-finals at the Bercy arena to claim sixth place at the World Tour Finals which start November 20 in London.

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Boxing Great Joe Frazier Dies after Cancer Fight

Joe Frazier had to throw his greatest punch to knock down "The Greatest."

A vicious left hook from Frazier put Muhammad Ali on the canvas in the 15th round in March 1971 when he became the first man to beat him in the Fight of the Century at Madison Square Garden.

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