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Murray Tops Djokovic, Facing Federer in Dubai Final

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic lost for the first time this season, falling to Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals of the Dubai Championships on Friday.

The surprisingly one-sided victory ended Djokovic's 10-match winning streak that included the Australian Open title and his bid for a fourth successive Dubai title.

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FIFA to Investigate Bahrain's 10-0 World Cup Win

FIFA has launched an investigation into the "unusual outcome" of Bahrain's 10-0 victory over a weakened Indonesia team in a World Cup qualifying match.

Bahrain's win on Wednesday has raised suspicion because it needed to make up a nine-goal deficit on Qatar in the group standings to have a chance of advancing to the next round.

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FIFA VP Fears Goal Technology's Impact on Refs

One of Sepp Blatter's deputies fears goal-line technology could undermine the authority of referees as football's rulemakers prepare to sanction the next round of testing on Saturday.

FIFA's president hopes to have high-tech aids in place by the 2014 World Cup after a high-profile mistake at the 2010 tournament persuaded him to end his long-standing opposition to the technology.

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IFAB Urged to Drop Muslim Headscarf Ban

Football chiefs will be urged to overturn the ban on female Muslim players wearing headscarves this weekend.

FIFA member Prince Ali of Jordan will try to persuade the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body responsible for the sport's rulebook, with an example of a specially designed headscarf or hijab that is designed to detach immediately if pulled.

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Thunder Storm back to Beat Magic

Kevin Durant scored 38 points and Russell Westbrook added 29 as Oklahoma City erased a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit en route to a 105-102 NBA victory over Orlando.

Durant scored 18 points in the fourth period, helping his team overcome the 33 points and nine rebounds of Orlando star Dwight Howard.

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F1 Veteran Barrichello to Race in IndyCar in 2012

Formula One veteran Rubens Barrichello announced Thursday he will join the IndyCar series this season.

Barrichello has reached a two-year deal to race for KV Racing Technology and will make his debut at the season opener on March 25 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Robben's Double Gives Dutch 3-2 Win over England

Plagued by injuries since the 2010 World Cup, Arjen Robben provided a timely reminder of his enduring quality by scoring a pair of classy goals in the Netherlands' 3-2 friendly win over England on Wednesday, 100 days before Euro 2012.

By opening and closing the scoring in at Wembley Stadium, the brilliant but fragile winger helped end a three-match winless run for the Dutch. It was just his second international appearance since the 2010 World Cup final.

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Clinical French See Off Depleted Germany

France gave themselves a pre-Euro 2012 boost with a 2-1 friendly win over an injury-depleted Germany in Bremen on Wednesday as the Germans suffered their first defeat in 11 games.

A first-half goal by France's Olivier Giroud, who then set up substitute Florent Malouda for the second, inflicted the first defeat on Joachim Loew's Germany since they were beaten by the same margin by Australia last March.

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Soldado Stars as Spain Rout Venezuela

Roberto Soldado, in his first international run out since 2007, conjured up a hat-trick in Spain's 5-0 drubbing of last year's surprise Copa America semi-finalists Venezuela in a friendly here on Wednesday.

The reigning world and European champion's win was completed by goals from David Silva (41) - his first this year for club and country - and Andres Iniesta (37) as the hosts dominated this warm-up to Euro 2012.

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Eurotunnel to Boost Trains Ahead of London Olympics

Eurotunnel, which operates the Channel tunnel between Britain and France, said on Thursday it would reduce train travel times by five minutes to boost traffic ahead of this summer's London Olympic Games.

In a conference call as the company announced its results for 2011, Eurotunnel chief Jacques Gounon said travel time under the Channel will be reduced from 35 to 30 minutes to allow for more daily trains.

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