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Palace Signs Cabaye on 3-Year Deal for Reported Record Fee

Crystal Palace has signed France midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain on a three-year deal.

Both clubs announced the move Friday for an undisclosed fee. Palace is thought to have paid a club record £10 million ($15.5 million) for the 29-year-old.

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Martin Becomes 2nd Tour Leader to Pull out Injured

The yellow jersey seems to be an unlucky charm at this Tour de France.

German rider Tony Martin started Thursday's sixth stage in the lead and ended it in the hospital after breaking his collarbone in a crash that he caused near the finish line. He became the second race leader to pull out of the race, after Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara fractured two vertebrae in his lower back on Monday.

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Williams Routs Sharapova, Faces Muguruza in Wimbledon Final

Her game in high gear, history in the offing, Serena Williams is perfectly content to let everyone else talk about what a victory in the Wimbledon final would mean.

A "Serena Slam" of four consecutive major titles. The third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam. A 21st major singles trophy, one short of the Open-era record.

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Toronto, Pan Am Games to Be Judged by Olympic Standards

Toronto isn't ready to bid for the Olympics, but the head of the Pan Am Games knows he'll be judged by that measure.

The Canadian city is spending more than any previous Pan Am host to organize the multi-sport event, which opens Friday with more than 6,000 athletes from Newfoundland in Canada's far north to Argentina's Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of the hemisphere.

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Adidas Chief: Platini the Best Choice to Succeed Blatter

The chief executive of Adidas, a major FIFA sponsor, says he thinks UEFA President Michel Platini would be the best choice of successor to Sepp Blatter at the head of world football's governing body.

Herbert Hainer was quoted Friday as telling German weekly Focus: "For me, Platini is the most suitable candidate." He added: "He leads UEFA, with the best club teams worldwide and the strongest club competition, the Champions League. He has done a really good job in his two terms in office."

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Canadian Henderson Set for Debut in Japanese Sumo

Canadian Brodik Henderson is hoping his prowess in the remote world of U.S. amateur sumo wrestling will translate into a professional career in the heartland of Japan's ancient sport.

The 20-year-old native of Victoria, British Columbia, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 360 pounds, will make his debut at the Nagoya tournament which begins on Sunday.

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FIFA Bans Scandal Tainted Blazer for Life

FIFA on Thursday banned former U.S. football official Chuck Blazer for life over his involvement in corruption scandals.

"Mr. Blazer committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF," said a statement announcing the ban from all football-related activities.

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Football: Building a Club from Nothing into Champions

Frank Lampard might be forgiven for feeling a sense of apprehension as he embarks on his new career at New York City FC.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder has joined a newly formed club that has spent most of its first season in the basement of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference and in the absence of its own home is playing at Yankee Stadium.

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Cycling: Germans Reveling in Media Attention

German cycling is riding the crest of a wave after Andre Greipel won Wednesday's fifth stage of the Tour de France.

A year after Germans won four of the first six stages before ending with seven in total, Greipel's second stage this year made it three in five days.

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Federer, Murray Overshadow Djokovic in Wimbledon Duel

Sentimental favorite Roger Federer faces home star Andy Murray for the 24th time Friday hoping his near perfect Grand Slam grip on the Scot will steer him into a 10th Wimbledon final.

Such is the anticipation that Friday's other semi-final between defending champion Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet is in danger of becoming a warm-up act.

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