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Djokovic in Movie Debut

Tennis number one Novak Djokovic made his movie debut in Bulgaria this week with a brief appearance in Sylvester Stallone's mega-star production "Expendables 2", Nu Boyana film studios said.

"Djokovic has a small but not insignificant part in 'Expendables 2', where he plays himself," Dimitar Dereliev from Nu Boyana told AFP.

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Football: Players' Union Issues Depression Advice

England's Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) is set to increase the circulation of a booklet offering guidance on coping with depression to 50,000 former players following Gary Speed's death.

Although no evidence has yet been produced that former Wales manager Speed, found hanged in his home last weekend, was suffering from depression, the PFA have decided now would be a good time to reissue the 36-page booklet.

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Tsonga's Home Burgled during ATP World Tour Final

The home of France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was burgled while he was playing against Roger Federer in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Swiss newspaper Le Matin reported on Wednesday.

The paper cited the player, who said he hoped he would still be able to "recognize his house" when he returns to Switzerland.

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Neymar Punished for Calling Referee a 'Thief'

Brazil's 19-year-old superstar Neymar revealed on Wednesday that he has been ordered to pay 6,000 euros ($8,000) in damages for branding a referee a "thief" on his Twitter account.

He also announced that he would appeal against the decision, handed down by a court in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

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Qatar Eyes 2020 Olympics

Qatar, future host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and past playground of several Arab and Asian games, is reaching for the moon as it eyes the 2020 Olympics despite seemingly insurmountable climate challenges.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has already sent a positive signal to Doha by extending the period during which the games traditionally take place.

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Sanchez Double as Barca Cut Real Lead to Three

An Alexis Sanchez brace helped Barcelona to a 4-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano on Tuesday which reduced Real Madrid’s lead to three points and showed they will not give up their title without a fight.

Barca were given a quick chance to respond to their 1-0 away defeat to Getafe at the weekend as this fixture was brought forward due to the Catalan side’s involvement in the Club World Cup next month in Japan, and they ran out resounding victors.

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Tokyo to Use Cherry Blossom for 2020 Olympic Bid

Tokyo will use Japan's most celebrated flower — the cherry blossom — in its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Tokyo's 2020 bid committee unveiled its bid logo on Wednesday, becoming the first if the six applicant cities to do so.

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City, Liverpool Reach League Cup Semis

Distraught by the death of a former international teammate, Craig Bellamy was too upset to play for Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

Two days later, however, the Wales striker was back in action and inspiring the team to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the League Cup quarterfinals — the first part of a northwest double over London sides in England's second-ranked club competition on Tuesday.

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Nadal Plays down Davis Cup Pressure

Spanish star Rafael Nadal on Tuesday played down the pressure the hosts will be under ahead of their Davis Cup final clash against Argentina here this weekend.

"We're under the same pressure as they are, we have to win the Davis Cup," insisted the world number two, who has lost just one singles rubber in the competition since making his debut in 2004.

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Ecclestone Says F1 'Finished' in West Europe

Western Europe is "finished" as a top Formula One racing destination and will soon host only five Grand Prix races, the sport's supremo Bernie Ecclestone said Tuesday.

"I think in the next few years Europe will be left with only five races," Ecclestone was quoted as saying in an interview with top Spanish sports daily Marca.

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