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Arsenal Ready to Let Barca Sign Fabregas

Arsenal have abandoned efforts to keep skipper Cesc Fabregas who could be set for a return to Spanish giants Barcelona, Spanish sports newspapers said Thursday.

Gunners coach Arsene Wenger has allowed his skipper to leave on condition he does not sign with another English team, the Barcelona-based daily Mundo Deportivo said, quoting a conversation between the two.

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Formula One: Ecclestone Performs U-Turn on Bahrain

Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has said that he believes the Bahrain Grand Prix will not go ahead as planned on October 30 as the teams and drivers involved did not want to take part.

Ecclestone had been in favor of moving the race to October 30 after the season opener had originally been postponed because of unrest in the country.

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Serena Williams to Join Venus in Eastbourne Return

Serena Williams will make her return to tennis after missing almost a year with injury and illness as she takes a wild card entry into next week's Eastbourne grass-court tournament, tournament officials said Tuesday.

The 29-year-old one-time world number one who now stands 25th after her months of inactivity, joins her sister Venus in the field at the English south coast beach town.

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Messi, Argentina Set to Play in India

Lionel Messi and his Argentina team mates will travel to India later this year to take on Venezuela in a friendly designed to boost football on the subcontinent, a report said Tuesday.

The FIFA-sanctioned game is scheduled for September 2 in the eastern city of Kolkata and the Argentinian team will then travel to Bangladesh where they will take on Nigeria, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.

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Al-Riyadi Crowned Asian Basketball Champions

Lebanese basketball team al-Riyadi won the 2011 FIBA Asian Champions Cup Sunday in their final match against two-time winner Mahram of Iran.

Fadi al-Khatib, al-Riyadi’s hero, came up with a pivotal performance, contributing 41 points to the 91-82 victory.

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China's Li Forges Latest Asian Breakthrough

Li Na's stunning French Open victory barged down yet another door for sport in Asia, whose athletes are enjoying a growing presence on the world stage.

From tennis to golf, football and the Olympics, sportsmen and women from the diverse and increasingly wealthy region are showing they can not only mix it with European and American stars, but win -- and do so repeatedly.

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Nadal Beats Brave Federer for Sixth French Open

Rafael Nadal won a 10th Grand Slam crown and equaled Bjorn Borg's record of six French Open titles when he defeated Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 6-1 on Sunday in the rivals' latest epic duel.

Top seed Nadal, who was also champion in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, took his overall Paris record to 45 wins against just one defeat and victory also meant he hangs on to his world number one spot.

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China’s Li Makes History by Winning French Open

Li Na made sporting history at the French Open on Saturday when she became the first player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title.

The 29-year-old from Wuhan defeated defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (7/0) to take her place in the pantheon of Chinese sports stars.

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I'll Recover From Federer Shock, Says Djokovic

Novak Djokovic said he knew his 43-match winning run would have to end, but insisted that his heartbreaking French Open semi-final defeat to a rejuvenated Roger Federer will make him stronger.

Djokovic suffered a stunning 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) loss to Federer which ended his hopes of making a first Roland Garros final and temporarily halted his bid to snatch the world number one spot.

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Formula One: Ecclestone Defends Bahrain Decision

Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has defended the highly controversial decision to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix into the 2011 world championship calendar.

The Grand Prix was initially postponed from its original season-opening date in March due to political turmoil and civil unrest in the Gulf state.

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