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Bale Close to Real Return from Injury, Says Solari

Gareth Bale is close to a return after recovering from a calf strain, according to Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari.

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France Extradites African Football Chief to War Crimes Court

France on Wednesday transferred Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, a member of Africa's top footballing body, to the International Criminal Court in The Hague where he faces war crimes charges, the ICC said.

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Halep's Reign as World Number One Over

Petra Kvitova's surging win over Ashleigh Barty to make the Australian Open semi-finals ensured Simona Halep's reign as world number one is over, not that the Romanian is bothered.

The Czech star overtook Halep's points total, while Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova also have a mathematical shot at assuming the mantle when the new rankings come out next week.

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Beaten Serena Hails Pliskova's 'Crazy' Open Comeback

Serena Williams denied choking after falling victim to one of the greatest ever comebacks Wednesday, saying she was powerless as Czech foe Karolina Pliskova "just went crazy" and stormed into the Australian Open semi-finals.

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Rescuers Search for Cardiff Striker Sala as Final Message Emerges

Rescuers searched Wednesday for a missing plane carrying Cardiff City's record new signing Emiliano Sala, as it emerged the Argentine striker had sent relatives a desperate message shortly before the light aircraft disappeared over the Channel.

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Fans Baffled as Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah Goes Offline

Fans were left baffled on Wednesday after Liverpool's star Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah appeared to have deleted all of his social media accounts where his followers number in the millions.

The Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts of Salah, who is idolized in Egypt and Liverpool, went offline without warning a day after he posted a cryptic tweet.

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Koreans Lurk as Qatar Defy Abuse to Reach Asian Cup Quarters

Qatar beat Iraq 1-0 in a full-blooded contest to reach the Asian Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday as title-chasing South Korea dodged a bullet to secure their progress.

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Cardiff Striker Sala Feared Dead after Suspected Plane Crash

Cardiff City executive director Ken Choo expressed his shock on Tuesday as the Premier League club await more information on the missing plane that was carrying record signing Emiliano Sala.

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Boateng Prepared for Bit-Part Role at Barcelona

Barcelona's new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng accepts he has joined the club to be a back-up after the 31-year-old was officially unveiled at the Camp Nou on Tuesday. 

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Ronaldo Avoids Jail but Hit by Hefty Fine for Tax Fraud in Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo avoided jail on Tuesday but was ordered by a Spanish court to pay 3.57 million euros ($4.1 million) for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid.

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