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Nadal, Murray into Japan Open Quarters

Defending champion and top seed Rafael Nadal survived an early scare as he and second seed Andy Murray rolled into the quarter-finals of the Japan Open on Thursday in Tokyo.

David Ferrer, the third seed from Spain, also advanced, but not before dropping a set to Australia's spirited qualifier Matthew Ebden.

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Robben Ruled out of Dutch Euro 2012 Qualifiers

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben's injury curse has struck again after the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) announced on Thursday that he had been ruled out of their forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Robben had been named in the squad to play Moldova on Friday and Sweden next Tuesday but will now return to his club Bayern Munich to undergo further tests on a troublesome groin injury.

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Olympics: CAS Overturns Ban on Drug Cheats at Games

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Thursday that the rule banning athletes suspended for doping for six months or more from competing at the Olympics was "invalid and inapplicable".

The decision came following a joint request from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the CAS to examine the validity of the rule.

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Sports Stars Mourn Loss of Steve Jobs

Seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong was among those in the sporting world who took to Twitter to mourn the death of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

"Devastated 2 hear about the passing of Steve Jobs," Armstrong tweeted. "Was blessed 2 have the opportunity to spend time w/ him on several occasions. May he RIP."

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FA Chairman: Capello Won't Stay on after Euros

Fabio Capello is certain to leave his role as England coach after Euro 2012, Football Association chairman David Bernstein confirmed on Wednesday.

Capello has revealed his intention to step down following the conclusion of England's Euro 2012 campaign, but recent reports suggested some key figures in the FA are keen for him to remain in charge.

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Mourinho Suspended for Two Matches for Eye Poke

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will be banned for two matches for jabbing his finger into the eye of Barcelona's assistant coach, the Spanish football federation said Wednesday.

Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova was banned for one match for responding to Mourinho by slapping him during a mass brawl in the final moments of Real Madrid's Super Cup loss to Barcelona on August 17, the federation said.

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Ever-Green Klose to Decide Future after Euro 2012

Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose said Wednesday he will make no decision on his international future until after the Euro 2012 finals next June for which the Germans have already qualified.

"I will not decide anything before the Euro," Klose told German daily Bild with Germany to play Turkey in Istanbul on Friday and then host Belgium in Duesseldorf next Tuesday to finish their Euro 2012 qualifier campaign.

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City Owner Mansour Tops Rich List

Manchester City's billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour is top of football's Rich List, according to British magazine FourFourTwo.

Sheikh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi's ruling al-Nahyan family, is believed to be worth £20 billion ($30.9 billion), putting him ahead of the likes of Chelsea owner Roman Ambramovich and Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, who has a stake in Premier League club QPR.

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Ivanovic Dumps Zvonareva Out of Beijing

Ana Ivanovic demolished third seed Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 as the upsets continued at the China Open on Wednesday, where Agnieszka Radwanska ended home hopes on the women's side of the draw.

A revitalized Ivanovic, 23, became the first player into the quarter-finals as she showed the kind of scintillating form that once made her the highest-rated player on the women's tour.

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Murray Survives Scare in Japan Open

World number four Andy Murray suffered a major scare before finally beating a dogged Marcos Baghdatis to reach the second round of the Japan Open on Wednesday in Tokyo.

The 24-year-old Briton, fresh from victory at the Thailand Open last week, needed a tough two hours and 33 minutes to see off the big-serving Cypriot 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-4.

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