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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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IOC Reform Agenda Gives Boost to Baseball Return

Baseball and softball's bid to return to the Olympic program got a boost Wednesday as organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games considered ways the International Olympic Committee's reform agenda could impact planning for the event.

Wrapping up the second day of meetings in the Japanese capital, IOC Vice President John Coates and Olympic organizing chief Yoshiro Mori spoke on how the 40 proposals released Tuesday as part of IOC President Thomas Bach's reform agenda could affect planning for Tokyo 2020.

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Bryant Leads Lakers to Rare Win over Atlanta

Kobe Bryant scored 28 points as the Los Angeles Lakers won for only the second time this season, beating the Atlanta Hawks 114-109 in the NBA on Tuesday.

Bryant's biggest shot came with 1:11 remaining, when he backed in against Thabo Sefolosha and made a fade-away jumper despite being fouled. Bryant completed the three-point play, giving the Lakers a 108-102 lead.

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Bayern Captain Lahm out Injured for up to 3 Months

Bayern Munich says captain Philipp Lahm will be sidelined for up to three months with a broken right ankle.

The Bundesliga leader says Lahm was injured in training on Tuesday. He will have an operation.

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Federer and Wawrinka Bury the Hatchet ahead of Davis Cup

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka took to Twitter on Tuesday in a bid to bury any lingering resentments from their bad-tempered London match ahead of the Davis Cup final against France later this week.

"It's great being with the boys again," tweeted Federer, above a Swiss team picture including himself and Wawrinka with arms around each other. In the shot, world number four Wawrinka makes playful 'bunny ears' behind his team-mate's head.

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