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Platini Considers 2022 WCup in Winter in Qatar

UEFA president Michel Platini says he's OK with the idea of shifting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter from summer to avoid extreme desert temperatures.

After a UEFA executive committee meeting in Prague on Friday, Platini said it would be easier to organize the World Cup in January, instead of June.

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Vettel Becomes Youngest Formula One Champion

Sebastian Vettel became the youngest champion in Formula One history Sunday, clinching the title when he won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Fernando Alonso faltered in the season-ending race.

The 23-year-old Red Bull driver started from the pole trailing Alonso by 15 points in the standings. While Vettel had a fairly trouble-free race, Alonso finished seventh after Ferrari made an ill-advised decision to pit early and the Spaniard got stuck behind Nico Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov for nearly 40 laps.

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Real-Barca 'Clasico' Moved due to Elections

The first 'clasico' match of the season between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been postponed by one day to avoid clashing with regional elections in Catalonia, the Spanish football league said Thursday.

"The Professional Football League (LFP) has set the Barcelona-Real Madrid match for Monday 29 November at 9pm due to the ... parliamentary elections in Catalonia and the security problems that the concurrence of both events on the same weekend could have in Barcelona," it said.

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Drogba to Face Fulham despite Malaria

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted Didier Drogba would be fit to face Fulham in the west London derby at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday after revealing the Premier League leaders' star striker had been suffering from malaria.

The Ivory Coast international had been struggling with a previously unknown virus in recent weeks but blood tests have since confirmed it to be malaria.

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South Africans Find Ways to Reuse the Vuvuzela

A panel of South African artists and designers have voted earrings as the best reuse of the vuvuzela, the plastic horn that became known worldwide during the 2010 soccer World Cup for its drowning buzz.

The earring design was chosen Tuesday from more than 150 photographs, videos and sketches submitted to Wozela, host of an international vuvuzela recycling competition. Matt Blitz, the event organizer, said the group had received submissions for three months starting in July.

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Vettel Wins Brazilian GP to Keep Title Race Alive

Sebastian Vettel took the lead at the first corner and cruised to victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, setting up a showdown for the Formula One title at next weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was second, championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari third and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren fourth.

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A Magic Opening: Orlando Routs Wizards, 112-83

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Orlando Magic to an easy 112-83 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night, giving the NBA's newest arena a grand opening and spoiling No. 1 overall pick John Wall's debut.

Vince Carter had 18 points and Jameer Nelson scored 16 to help the Magic cruise to another blowout victory after a perfect preseason.

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Armstrong to Finish International Career Down Under

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will compete in Australia's Tour Down Under in January in what will be his final professional race outside his native United States.

The 39-year-old will ride in the UCI ProTour race from January 16 to 23 for the third and final time, race director Mike Turtur said.

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Ahmadinejad Scores Diplomatic Goal with Bolivia's Morales

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was on striking form when he met his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales on Wednesday -- on the football pitch for a friendly with top Iranian players, local media said.

The Iranian and Bolivian leaders, sporting T-shirts and shorts, played in the same team alongside Iran's star midfielder Karim Bagheri, with both scoring in a match that was drawn 4-4 at the end of normal time.

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Tennis Ace Wozniacki Nears Year-End Top Spot

World number one Caroline Wozniacki moved to within one win of the year-end top spot when she continued her 12-week hot streak at the WTA Championships here on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Dane outplayed Elena Dementieva, the former Olympic champion from Russia, 6-1, 6-1, bringing her 31st win in 33 matches since the start of August, during which she has won five of her seven tournaments.

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