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Riots Threaten Britain's Image Ahead of Olympics

Barely a fortnight after beginning the one-year countdown to the London Olympics, Britain has been left bruised by a wave of rioting and now faces a struggle to restore its reputation among tourists.

Prime Minister David Cameron has led calls for Britain to put on a fresh face, after images of youths burning buildings and cars across the country were splashed across newspapers and television screens worldwide.

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Rampaging Djokovic Claims 51st Win

Number one Novak Djokovic lined up a Montreal Masters semi-final with a second straight French opponent after defeating fifth seed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-1 on Friday.

Djokovic, playing is first event on the ATP top ranking, will Saturday face 13th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who followed up his third-round upset of two-time winner Roger Federer with a win over Spain's Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-4.

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Mazzarri Wants Rossi to Play with Lavezzi

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri admits he would like to sign Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi, but not at the expense of losing Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Earlier this week, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed he was interested in signing Rossi but suggested it might depend on raising funds through selling Lavezzi.

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Istanbul to Bid for 2020 Olympic Games

A Turkish official says Istanbul will bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

The official from Turkey's Olympic committee says Turkish Prime Minister will formally announce Istanbul's bid later on Saturday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make an announcement.

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Barca Coach Says Fabregas Deal Not Yet Done

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insisted Saturday that negotiations are still ongoing concerning the signing of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

Several British and Spanish newspaper had reported that Arsenal had agreed a transfer deal that would see the Spaniard fulfill his dream of returning to the club he left as a 16-year-old in 2003.

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Qatar Buys Stake in 2012 London Olympic Village

The London 2012 Olympic Village has become Qatar's latest acquisition in world sport.

The property company of the Arab state's royal family and British developer Delancey have signed a 557 million-pound ($906 million) joint agreement to buy and manage the athletes village as private housing after next year's Olympics.

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Liverpool Complete Enrique Signing

Liverpool sealed the signing of Newcastle defender Jose Enrique on Friday with the Spaniard describing the transfer as "one of the happiest days of my life".

Enrique joins Liverpool on a long-term deal after the Reds paid Newcastle a reported transfer fee of £5.5 million (6.3 million euros).

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Djokovic and Berdych Win, Federer out at Montreal

Some top players have shown signs of rust at the Rogers Cup, and Roger Federer was the latest.

The third-ranked Swiss star was upset by 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1 in the third round Thursday night. Federer, who turned 30 on Monday, was playing for the first time since losing to Tsonga in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

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Spanish Players Threaten Strike

Football players from Spain's top two divisions, including millionaires like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, have decided to go on strike at the start of the season, the head of the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) announced Thursday.

The decision was taken after the AFE and the Professional Football League (LFP), which represents clubs in the two divisions, failed to reached a deal on wage guarantees for clubs that go insolvent, Luis Rubiales told a news conference.

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Germans and Italians Star in Euro Football Warm-ups

Germany and Italy produced the standout performances in Wednesday's friendlies, giving both ideal boosts ahead of next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers.

A vibrant and youthful Germany gave further evidence that they are the rising force in international football by deservedly beating Brazil 3-2 - heaping more pressure on the South American giants' coach Mano Menezes.

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