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Neymar's Father Defends Barca Deal

The father of Brazilian star Neymar on Tuesday said the mega-transfer deal which took the striker from Santos to Barcelona was "absolutely legal."

It comes with Spanish prosecutors requesting a prison sentence of two years and three months for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and seven for his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, over the so-called Neymar affair.

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Charges against Moggi, Giraudo Dropped in Fixing Scandal

Nearly nine years after Italy's biggest football scandal, the investigation has been closed with hardly any sentences given.

Former Juventus executives Luciano Moggi and Antonio Giraudo will not face jail for match-fixing after their prison sentences were eliminated by Italy's highest criminal court, which ruled that the statute of limitations expired.

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Construction Giant Accused of 'Modern Slavery' in Qatar

Accusing it of practicing "modern slavery," a French campaign group has filed a legal complaint against construction giant Vinci for grave mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar, the host country of the 2022 World Cup.

Vinci says it "totally refutes" the charge and will file a counter-suit against the group, Sherpa, for libel.

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Simeone Signs Contract Extension with Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone renewed his contract with the Spanish champion on Tuesday for another five seasons until 2020.

Although he was linked with other clubs, including Manchester City as a possible replacement for Manuel Pellegrini, Simeone said he would "stay where I am" because he was sure the club would continue to grow.

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New English Work Permit Rules to Curb Foreign Football Imports

The number of foreign players in English Premier League squads is set to be reduced under new rules designed to prevent the development of homegrown youngsters being stifled by imports.

The English Football Association announced Monday that the non-European players will find it harder to gain British work permits from May when more stringent eligibility requirements come into force. The FA is also trying to gain Premier League approval for new limits on foreign players in squads.

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Skrtel Charged for Stamp on Goalkeeper De Gea

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been charged with violent conduct by the FA following an incident with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Skrtel appeared to step on de Gea near the end of his side's 2-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

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Warriors Smother Wizards in 3rd Quarter for 107-76 Win

Stephen Curry had 24 points as the Golden State Warriors used a smothering defensive effort in the third quarter to pound the Washington Wizards 107-76 on Monday.

The Warriors held the Wizards without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes after halftime, with Washington missing its first 15 shots. Golden State outscored the Wizards 29-8 in the quarter to take a 24-point lead.

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IOC Commissioners Begin Inspections of Beijing's 2022 Bid

IOC evaluators began a five-day inspection tour of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, in a key test of the city's status as a front-runner in the competition for hosting rights.

Following meetings, the 19-member Evaluation Commission was visiting Beijing's indoor sites for hockey, skating and curling, along with the iconic Bird's Nest stadium used for the 2008 Summer Games. Later in the week, they'll check proposed skiing and sliding venues further outside the city.

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Russian, American Women Square Off at Figure Skating Worlds

Russian teenager Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is looking to cap a dominant season with a gold medal at the world figure skating championships starting Wednesday in China, while Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner are attempting to bring home an individual medal for the American women for the first time in nearly a decade.

In the men's event, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan returns to the Shanghai arena where he was bloodied in a frightening collision with another skater several months ago to defend his title against chief rivals Javier Fernandez of Spain and Denis Ten of Kazakhstan.

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UEFA Chief Platini Warns of Rising Extremism, Hooliganism

UEFA President Michel Platini was warned that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European football.

Rising extremism in European society is an "insidious trend (that) can also be observed in our stadiums," Platini told UEFA's annual meeting on Tuesday.

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