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Vettel Wants to Emulate Schumacher at Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel admitted he hopes to emulate his "greatest idol" and fellow German Michael Schumacher after being announced as a Ferrari driver for next season on Thursday.

Ferrari confirmed that the four-time world champion will join up with Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian Formula One giants on a three-year deal from 2015.

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Ferrari Confirm Alonso Departure

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso's five-year spell with Ferrari will be over at the end of the season after the Italian “Scuderia” confirmed the Spaniard's departure on Thursday.

In a statement that paid tribute to Alonso's contribution to the Formula One giants, Ferrari ended months of speculation regarding Alonso, who has been tipped to return to the McLaren team.

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Single-Minded Hamilton Speeds to Gold and Glory

From anonymous middle England to a life of fabulous riches, a rock star girlfriend, a scarlet red private jet and the brink of a second Formula One world title.

Lewis Hamilton's journey from his humble roots to become Britain's most successful racing driver will enjoy another surge on Sunday if, as expected, he sees off the challenge of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the season-concluding race in Abu Dhabi.

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Rosberg - the Prince Born to Be F1 King

Nico Rosberg's first recollection of Formula One came in Monaco when, asleep on a yacht in the harbor, he was awoken by the sound of Ayrton Senna's McLaren screaming through the tunnel.

Fast forward to 2014 and the son of 1982 champion Keke arrives for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a very real shot at his own world title.

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Argentina's Top Football Clubs Searched in Graft Probe

Authorities launched searches Wednesday at 23 top Argentine football clubs, including River Plate and Boca Juniors, in a probe over allegations they may have received kickbacks after granting the government TV broadcast rights.

Judge Maria Servini de Cubria is trying to determine if fraud was perpetrated or kickbacks received when President Cristina Kirchner's government took control of televising national football matches as part of its popular Football for Everybody (FPT) program, a court source told AFP privately.

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Olympics: Tokyo Looks to Slash $1.7 Billion off 2020 Bill

Tokyo is looking to slash the price tag for the 2020 Summer Olympics by $1.7 billion through scrapping or scaling back plans to build new facilities amid fears over spiraling costs.

Recent estimates put the bill for the venues, including the construction of 10 new facilities, at 450 billion yen ($3.8 billion) -- three times the initial estimate -- triggering renewed belt-tightening measures and even calls to use existing venues as far away as Osaka.

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Bianchi out of Artificial Coma and Taken to France

The parents of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi say he has been taken out of an artificial coma and repatriated from Japan to a French hospital.

Bianchi, who crashed during last month's Japanese Grand Prix, remains in a critical condition with severe head injuries, his parents said in a statement.

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Hamilton-Rosberg Duel Finally Decided in Abu Dhabi

With double points on offer in the Formula One finale, there could yet be a bitter twist to the fascinating title duel between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The childhood friends have scrapped for supremacy all year in often tense circumstances, with Rosberg in command before Hamilton roared back to take the initiative after the summer break with five consecutive wins.

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FIFA Files Criminal Complaint over World Cup Bids

The latest twist in FIFA's World Cup bid corruption case has landed on the desk of Switzerland's attorney general.

FIFA filed a "criminal complaint" against unnamed individuals on Tuesday, calling on Swiss federal prosecutors to investigate money transfers connected to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests that were won by Russia and Qatar.

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Low-Key Ronaldo-Messi Duel as Portugal Wins 1-0

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had left the pitch long before Raphael Guerreiro's stoppage-time header gave Portugal a 1-0 win over Argentina in a friendly on Tuesday.

The world's two best players were substituted at halftime at Old Trafford, with Ronaldo rarely shining in a stadium he graced for six seasons with Manchester United.

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