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U.S. Beats Lithuania to Reach Basketball World Final

Madrid awaits. Spain doesn't.

The gold-medal match-up seemingly everyone wanted in the Basketball World Cup — maybe even some U.S. players — won't be happening. The Spanish were upset in the quarterfinals, ending the predicted No. 1 vs. No. 2 game Sunday on Spain's home court.

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Judge: Pistorius is Guilty of Culpable Homicide

A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that the double-amputee athlete was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.

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Hooligans Strip Player's Shirt, Shorts during Play

A player was assaulted by hooligans and stripped of his shirt and shorts during a match in an Argentine lower-tier club match.

The Argentine newspaper Clarin captured on video the incident in which Elias Di Biasi, a midfielder for Deportivo Italiano — playing in what amounts to Argentina's fourth division — was stripped of his shirt and shorts and left standing in his underwear.

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FIA Restricts Radio Communication in F1

The FIA has decided to ban all radio transmissions that help with car or driver performances at Formula One grands prix.

F1 race director Charlie Whiting has sent a letter to all teams to say that messages from drivers asking for advice, or from teams informing their drivers about the best options to make gains on the track, would no longer be tolerated.

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Portugal Coach Bento Leaves after Poor Results

Portugal coach Paulo Bento has quit because of poor results, including a 1-0 shock defeat against Albania.

Bento's departure was by mutual agreement, and his replacement would be announced soon, the Portuguese Football Federation said in a statement on Thursday without elaborating.

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Aurier Lost Consciousness in Africa Cup Clash

Paris St Germain defender Serge Aurier lost consciousness after a clash of heads in Ivory Coast's humiliating African Cup of Nations 4-1 defeat in Cameroon, but is recovering, the country's federation said Thursday.

The 21-year-old was stretchered off just after half-time in Wednesday night's game in Yaounde and appeared in serious condition. The Ivory Coast federation said it was "a big scare but no harm for Sergie Aurier".

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Pistorius Weeps as Judge Begins Murder Trial Verdict

"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius wept in the dock Thursday as a judge began handing down her verdict on whether the star Paralympian was guilty of the Valentine's Day murder of his model girlfriend.

Judge Thokozile Masipa moved swiftly into her assessment of the almost 40 witnesses, apparently rejecting state evidence that pointed to an argument between the couple.

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Ali Daei Sacked as Persepolis Coach

Iranian football legend Ali Daei has been sacked as coach of Tehran giants Persepolis after a disastrous start to the season, the club said Thursday.

Daei, 45, was replaced by Hamid Derakhshan during a meeting of club officials on Wednesday.

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Arsenal's Ramsey Eases Injury Fears

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on Wednesday played down fears he could miss his side's showdown with Manchester City on Saturday after twisting his ankle on international duty with Wales.

The 23-year-old sustained the injury during the latter stages of Wales's 2-1 win away to Andorra in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday, with national coach Chris Coleman revealing he had twisted his ankle.

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Ferrari: Champ on Road, Flop on Racetrack

Fiat's decision to cut loose Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo on Wednesday highlights the challenges facing the luxury sports car brand, amid record international sales but a pitiful Formula One performance.

After 23 years at the helm, Montezemolo is out -- with racing-world watchers pointing to recent friction between the Italian businessman and Sergio Marchionne, head of the brand's parent group Fiat, over the future of Ferrari.

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