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UAE Shock Japan on Penalties at Asian Cup

Japan were sent crashing out of the Asian Cup on Friday as the United Arab Emirates shocked the defending champions 5-4 on penalties after a pulsating quarter-final.

Substitute Ismail Ahmed delivered the knockout blow after Japanese superstars Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa had both missed their spot kicks, sending the UAE through to the last four after a war of attrition in Sydney that finished 1-1 after extra time.

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Nadal Puts Health Issues aside to Stay on Track

Rafael Nadal put his health issues behind him to overcome Israeli Dudi Sela and advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open on Friday.

The Spaniard, who struggled with stomach cramps and dizzy spells in his five-set second-round win over American Tim Smyczek, showed none of the symptoms as he beat Sela 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 in 2hr 4min on Rod Laver Arena.

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Germany's Podolski to Bow out after Euro 2016

Germany forward Lukas Podolski says he plans to retire from international football following Euro 2016 in France after more than a decade of playing for the reigning world champions.

The 29-year-old midfielder has made 121 appearances for Germany, having made his debut in 2004, and the France tournament would be his fourth European Championships.

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Iraq Beat Iran on Penalties to Reach Asian Cup Semifinals

Iraq beat fierce rival Iran 7-6 in a penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw on Friday, booking a place in the Asian Cup semifinals against South Korea.

Iran, which played with 10 men after halftime, twice equalized in a four-goal extra time to send the match to a lengthy penalty shootout, which ended when Salam Shakir converted after Iran's Vahid Amiri hit the post.

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Lakers Say Kobe Bryant Has Torn Rotator Cuff

Kobe Bryant tore his right rotator cuff in the Los Angeles Lakers' latest defeat, the club announced on Thursday.

Bryant injured his right shoulder in the second half of the loss at New Orleans on Wednesday when he drove the baseline for a two-handed dunk.

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Loeb Impresses on first Day of Monte Carlo Rally

Nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb returned to rally racing in style as he took command of the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally on day one Thursday.

The Frenchman, who has won the race seven times and ended his full-time rally career in 2012, won the opening special stage held at night in his Citroen, then settled for third behind defending world champ Sebastien Ogier, and Jari-Matti Latvala in second.

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South Korea Reaches Asian Cup Semifinals

South Korea reached the Asian Cup semifinals after Son Heung-min scored two goals in extra time in a tough 2-0 win over Uzbekistan.

Kim Jin-su's long centering pass from just outside the area was deflected by the Uzbekistan defense and into the path of Son, who headed the ball past diving goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov 16 minutes into extra time.

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Federer out of Aussie Open in 3rd Round after Loss to Seppi

For the first time in a dozen years, Roger Federer won't be featuring in the Australian Open semifinals after being beaten 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5) Friday in the third round by Andreas Seppi.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion had never lost to Seppi in 10 previous meetings, but made some uncharacteristic errors including nine double-faults — one to surrender a mini break in the fourth-set tiebreaker.

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Sharapova Easily through to 4th Round at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova ensured there were no match-point worries in her third-round match Friday at the Australian Open, dominating Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas 6-1, 6-1.

On Wednesday, No. 2-ranked Sharapova faced two match points but escaped with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win over fellow Russian Alexandra Panova, a qualifier ranked No. 150.

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Comeback Queen Azarenka Dumps Wozniacki at Open

Comeback queen Victoria Azarenka won her battle of the former number ones with Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday to dance her way into the Australian Open third round.

The Belarussian, a two-time Australian champion who is returning from injury, again showed why she is the most dangerous unseeded player at this year's tournament when she upset the eighth seeded Wozniacki from Denmark 6-4, 6-2.

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