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Olympics: Festive S. Korea Savors Games Success

A festive South Korea Thursday celebrated a crushing victory in the contest to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, propelling its ambitions to be a global sporting powerhouse.

The alpine resort of Pyeongchang, making its third straight bid for the event, won outright in the first round of voting by the International Olympic Committee in Durban on Wednesday.

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Roof Collapse Traps People at Dutch Football Stadium

Part of a roof collapsed at the FC Twente football stadium in eastern Netherlands on Thursday, trapping an unknown number of people, a Dutch police spokesman said.

"I can confirm that around noon there was a collapse at the FC Twente stadium. Part of the roof collapsed," Jan Lamberts told Agence France Presse.

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With Vettel Dominant, F1 Becoming Battle for 2nd

Even with half the season to go, the Formula One championship already appears to be a battle for second place as hopes of catching Sebastian Vettel are fading fast.

The defending champion goes into Sunday's British Grand Prix with a commanding 77-point lead, having won six of the eight races and been runner-up in the other two.

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Bin Hammam Bribery Hearing Set for July 22

FIFA announced on Wednesday it had completed its investigation into Mohamed bin Hammam and its ethics committee would hear the case against the suspended Asian football chief on July 22.

The charges relate to alleged bribes of $40,000 bin Hammam either paid or offered to 25 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) associations in May during his campaign for the FIFA presidency.

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Venus Struggles in First Steps Toward U.S. Open

Venus Williams still has a lot of work ahead to recapture the form that has made her a seven-time Grand Slam champion.

After joining her sister Serena in a fourth-round Wimbledon exit, Williams lost in singles and doubles before helping the Washington Kastles to a 21-18 World Team Tennis over-time victory Tuesday over reigning champion Kansas City.

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The Copa: Oldest International Football Tournament

The Copa America - the world's oldest international football tournament, going back to 1916, brings together some of the silkiest talents the global game has to offer.

A continental finishing school for the World Cup, or so the theory goes, the tournament allows perennial Latin American giants Brazil and Argentina a perfect opportunity to blood a new generation before, armed with the experience, they graduate to the senior tournament.

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Formula One's Williams Return to Renault

British team Williams have rekindled one of Formula One's most successful partnerships by announcing on Monday that they will team up with French manufacturer Renault for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

The initial deal will see Renault supplying engines and chassis but the partnership could continue after the introduction of the new, energy efficient, turbo-charged V6 engines in the sport in 2014.

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Impossible for Djokovic to Keep Winning, Says Nadal

Rafael Nadal insists Novak Djokovic cannot keep winning and he will be first in the queue ready to pounce when the Serb finally cracks.

Djokovic, who will dethrone Nadal as world number one on Monday, also took the Spaniard's Wimbledon title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 win, ending his opponent's 20-match winning streak at the All England Club.

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This is Our World Cup, Warn Samba Girls

Brazil's Samba Girls are through to the quarter-finals with a game to spare and warned possible rivals the United States or Sweden that they won't let the World Cup slip away this time.

Superstar Marta fired the Brazilians into the knockout round with a double and set Rosana up for the third as they demolished former winners Norway 3-0 in Wolfsburg on Sunday night.

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New No. 1 Djokovic, Old No. 1 Nadal Reach Final

Having ensured his first trip to a Wimbledon final and first turn at No. 1 in the rankings with a thrill-a-minute victory, Novak Djokovic dropped to his back at the baseline, limbs spread wide, chest heaving.

Moments later, he knelt and kissed the Center Court grass, while his entourage bounced giddily in unison, huddling in a tight circle up in Djokovic's guest box.

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