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American Women Embrace Mixed Martial Arts, Crush Stereotypes

Sweat glistens on Brooke Carlucci's brow as she drives home kicks and jabs. She and a dozen fellow Mixed Martial Arts students can crush anyone's notion that extreme combat sports are a man's thing.

Focused and with her body in combat position, the 20-year-old journalism student pounds the bag hanging in front of her: she's here to learn how to defend herself, but also to keep fit, blow off steam and have fun.

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Swimming: S. Korea's Park Pushes Case for Rio Spot

Disgraced South Korean swim star Park Tae-Hwan laid out his case Wednesday for being allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics despite an extended ban for doping.

The multiple Olympic medalist completed an 18-month drug suspension last month after testing positive for an anabolic steroid in out-of-competition controls before the 2014 Asian Games.

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In-Form Chicharito Headlines Mexico's Copa America Squad

Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez headlines Mexico's 23-man squad named Tuesday to compete in next month's Copa America Centenario.

PSV midfielder Andres Guardado and Porto fullback Miguel Layun are the other prominent picks, but coach Juan Carlos Osorio left former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela out of the lineup.

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Uncapped Kimmich, Brandt Make Germany's Euro 2016 Squad

Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Julian Brandt were on Tuesday included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad for next month's European championships in France.

Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich's first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany's Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

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Diego Costa Omitted from Spain Euro 2016 Squad

Chelsea striker Diego Costa was left out of Spain coach Vicente del Bosque's provisional 25-man squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday.

The nationalized Brazilian missed Chelsea's last two games of the season due to a persistent hamstring injury and has struggled at international level with just one goal in 10 games since declaring to play for Spain in 2013.

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Westbrook Stars as Thunder Stun Warriors

Russell Westbrook inspired a second-half fightback as the Oklahoma City Thunder came from behind to beat the Golden State Warriors 108-102 in the opening game of the Western Conference finals on Monday.

Westbrook poured on 27 points as the Thunder overturned a 60-47 halftime deficit to snatch victory in a pulsating clash between two of the most potent attacking units in the NBA.

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Boxing: 'Madness!' Legendary Arum Rips into Olympic Pros Plan

Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum has slammed as "total madness" a proposal to allow professional boxers to fight against amateurs in the Rio Olympics.

The 84-year-old American, who has arranged fights for ring greats from Muhammad Ali to Manny Pacquiao in a career spanning more than 50 years, believes boxers could be seriously hurt if the plan by the sport's governing body, the International Boxing Association (AIBA), goes ahead.

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Rio Rugby Dream Alive as Hayne Cleared to Play Sevens

The Olympic dream of high-profile San Francisco 49er Jarryd Hayne remained alive Tuesday after World Rugby said he will not be barred from playing rugby sevens over drug testing rules.

Hayne, a former Australian rugby league player, announced Sunday he was abandoning playing NFL with the 49ers to pursue a spot on Fiji's sevens squad for this year's Rio Games.

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Five Reasons why Spanish Clubs Dominate Europe

Sevilla look to continue the reign of Spain in European competition when they face Liverpool in the Europa League final on Wednesday aiming to win the competition for a third consecutive season.

An all-Madrid Champions League final for the second time in three years between Real and Atletico Madrid on May 28 will ensure a Spanish winner of Europe's premier club competition for a third straight year.

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Liverpool Stand between Sevilla and Europa League Treble

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can believes the Reds' legendary battling qualities can help end their 11-year wait for a continental trophy against treble-chasing Sevilla in Wednesday's Europa League final.

In their first European final since defeat to AC Milan in the 2007 Champions League, Liverpool are bidding to scupper the Spanish side's bid for an unprecedented third straight Europa League title at Basel's St. Jakob-Park.

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