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Federer Through to Wimbledon 3rd Round, Li Na Ousted

Roger Federer scorched into the third round at Wimbledon, dropping just seven games in a brisk straight sets dismissal of French journeyman Adrian Mannarino.

The Swiss former world number one served notice that he is in prime form as he chases a record seventh Wimbledon crown after routing Mannarino 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in just under 90 minutes to delight the Centre Court faithful.

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Roberto Carlos Banana Attack Alarms Russia

Russia's football authorities vowed to step up the fight against racism Thursday after a fan threw a banana at Roberto Carlos in the latest apparent racial attack on the Brazilian former World Cup winner.

Carlos, a defender for revamped Caucasus side Anzhi Makhachkala since February, received a pass from the goalkeeper and was about to pass it when a banana was thrown on to the pitch, landing nearby.

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Strawberries and Scream for Murray at Wimbledon

Britain's Andy Murray has found the perfect way to unwind after another stressful Wimbledon day - by watching the whole series of hit U.S. slasher film series Scream.

Murray, bidding to become Britain's first men's champion since Fred Perry in 1936, has reached the third round with little difficulty, buoyed by his evening TV viewing habits.

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Alonso Hopes to Be Dealt Winning Hand at Last

Two-time Formula One world champion and avid poker player Fernando Alonso has his eyes set on a possible triumph on home soil this weekend when he leads Ferrari into the European Grand Prix on the hybrid street circuit.

The 29-year-old Spaniard, who has not tasted victory in Valencia since the 'European' race moved to eastern Spain three years ago, last won the event when it was held at the Nurburgring in Germany in 2007.

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Chelsea Appoint Villas-Boas as Coach

Chelsea have appointed FC Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager in a record-breaking deal, a club statement announced on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old, who emerged as the front runner for the job after resigning as Porto coach on Tuesday, has signed a three year contract.

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Longest-Match Sequel Falls Flat at Wimbledon

Inevitably, the sequel didn't live up to the original. Not even close.

The replay of the longest match in tennis history turned out to be a ho-hum Part II, with John Isner beating Nicolas Mahut in straight sets in two hours in the first round at Wimbledon.

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FIFA Report: Bin Hammam Tried to Bribe

Mohammed bin Hammam tried to bribe officials in his campaign to oust Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, according to a secret report by the organization’s ethics committee obtained by Britain's Press Association.

There was "comprehensive, convincing and overwhelming" evidence against Bin Hammam, the head of the Asian Football Confederation, and former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner was "an accessory to corruption", the report said.

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Serena in Tears After Wimbledon Win, Federer, Djokovic in Flying Starts

Defending champion Serena Williams broke down in tears as she made an emotional Wimbledon return on Tuesday while Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova barely broke sweat.

Four-time winner Williams, watched by U.S. pop superstar Diana Ross and England's Ashes-winning cricketers in the Royal Box, battled past Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in what was only her third match in 11 months.

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Fabregas 'Really Wants' Move to Barca

Barcelona will refuse to pay 40 million Euros (35 million pounds) for Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas although he "really wants" to transfer, according to Barcelona president Sandro Rosell.

"I don't know if we will sign Cesc or not. What I have no doubt of is that he really wants to come to Barca," Rosell told Catalan television TV3 in an interview late Monday.

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Nadal Beats Wimbledon Rain, Murray Goes Under Cover

Defending champion Rafael Nadal cruised into the second round of rain-lashed Wimbledon Monday before Andy Murray went under cover for a winning start in his bid to end Britain's 75-year wait for a men's titlist.

Nadal, fresh from a record-equalling sixth French Open and 10th major in total, saw off 33-year-old American Michael Russell 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win as the Spaniard opened proceedings on Center Court on the first day of the 125th Championships.

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