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Inter and Sevilla Open Europa Campaign with Wins

Three-time European champion Inter Milan opened its Europa League campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win away to Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, while defending champion Sevilla had an easier 2-0 win against Feyenoord on Thursday.

Three-time champion Sevilla took control with first-half goals from midfielders Grzegorz Krychowiak and Stephane Mbia.

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3-Minute Concussion Breaks in European Matches

Referees have been given the power to stop matches in European competitions for three minutes to fully assess head injuries.

The proposal by FIFA medical committee chairman Michel D'Hooghe in response to concerns about the treatment of concussions in high-profile matches, was approved by the UEFA executive committee on Thursday.

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Olympic Body 'Encouraging' Saudi on Women Athletes

The president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said Friday the body was "encouraging" Saudi Arabia to put forward female athletes after the kingdom brought only men to Asiad.

OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah told reporters he was hopeful Saudi women would appear in future Games.

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F1 Enters Radio Silence Era in Singapore

As the Formula One season exits Europe and heads to Asia for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, teams and drivers are preparing for a new challenge, with the sport now banning a large amount of radio messages during races.

The change comes in response to fan disquiet about the increasingly remote-control nature of the sport. Teams, with reams of available data during races, have been determining race strategy and the appropriate car settings to carry it out, with drivers simply pressing the buttons on the steering wheel to adjust their use of fuel, tires or brakes accordingly.

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Solskjaer Steps down as Cardiff Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stepped down as manager of English second-tier side Cardiff City after nine months in the job, the Championship club announced on Thursday.

The Norwegian former Manchester United striker, 41, failed to prevent Cardiff's relegation from the Premier League last season and saw his side slip to 17th place in the Championship this term.

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Bayern Beats Man City 1-0 in Champions League

Bayern Munich scored a 90th-minute goal to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 1-0.

Bayern defender Jerome Boateng's powerful shot appeared to deflect off teammate Mario Goetze, rising up and beyond the dive of his former City teammate Joe Hart, who had denied the 2013 champion with a series of saves.

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Roma-CSKA Match Stopped Briefly for Violence

A Champions League match between Roma and CSKA Moscow was briefly suspended in the second half due to fan violence.

With Roma leading 5-0, CSKA supporters began throwing flares at Roma fans and riot police had to intervene.

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Paralympics Head Won't Promote Pistorius' Return

As Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, it's uncertain if the fallen sports icon will ever race again. What's clearer is that the Paralympic leadership will not be encouraging any comeback by the double amputee sprinter.

Next month, the judge in South Africa could hand Pistorius anything from a suspended sentence and a fine to as much as 15 years in prison. Should Pistorius subsequently be in a position to compete, the International Paralympic Committee would be powerless to stop "Blade Runner" returning to the track if he achieves a qualifying time.

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N.Korean Olympic Gymnast Banned for Age Cheating

A North Korean female gymnast on Wednesday was banned and stripped of all her results since 2006 in a case of age cheating.

The International Gymnastics Federation said the North Korean team "is blamed for submitting a fake passport for Cha Yong Hwa."

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Hitzfeld Predicts Player Unrest in Powerful Bayern Squad

Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld thinks there could be a player backlash when the Bundesliga champions return to full strength, he explained in an interview with Bild on Wednesday.

"Each player currently accepts spending some time on the bench," said Hitzfeld, who led the club to Champions League glory over Valencia in 2001 at the San Siro.

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