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Bolt the Main Drawcard for Monaco Athletics Meet

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt might be the main drawcard for Friday's Diamond League meeting, but eyes will also be on Australian Steve Hooker's season debut in the men's pole vault.

Reigning double world and Olympic sprint champion Bolt will race the 100m in another test of his form ahead of the August 27-September 4 world championships in Daegu, South Korea.

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China Wins 8th Diving Gold Medal at Worlds

He Chong successfully defended his 3-meter title at the world championships, giving China its eighth gold medal although Qin Kai badly missed a dive that cost the Chinese another likely medal on Friday.

He totaled 554.30 points in the six-dive final, taking the lead in the fifth round when Qin dropped from first to fifth. Qin, the 2007 champion, finished fourth.

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Malaysians Play Down Booing of Chelsea's Israeli Midfielder

Malaysian sporting figures on Friday sought to play down the booing of Chelsea's Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun during a friendly in the Muslim-majority country.

Chelsea beat hosts Malaysia 1-0 Thursday in the capital Kuala Lumpur but the game was marred by racial abuse toward Benayoun as the crowd booed and jeered whenever the midfielder had the ball.

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Football Gaining Ground in Cricket-crazy India

In a country where cricket is so ingrained in the social fabric that it dwarfs every other sport and most other topics of conversation, Aayushman Chaturvedi made a decision that was almost unthinkable for his parents.

He chose football.

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Bin Hammam Determined Not to Be FIFA's Fall Guy

Mohamed Bin Hammam arrives in Zurich on Thursday desperate to save his career, as FIFA bid to draw a line beneath a corruption scandal that has blackened the image of the world's biggest sport.

The 62-year-old stands accused of attempting to bribe Caribbean football officials to vote for him in the FIFA presidential election with cash gifts of $40,000 each, during a Caribbean Football Union (CFU) summit in May.

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Bulgaria Criminalizes Match-Fixing, Illegal Betting

The Bulgarian parliament on Thursday made the fixing of football matches and illegal sports betting a crime punishable with up to eight years in jail.

In a move to clean up Bulgaria's sporting image, the parliament adopted an amendment to the penal code which meant that anyone who attempts to bribe sports officials faces fines of up to 15,000 leva (7,500 Euros, $10,700) and six years in prison.

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Tevez Unfazed by Corinthians Transfer Collapse

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is unfazed by the collapse of his transfer to Brazilian side Corinthians and is expecting fresh bids from further clubs, his representative said Thursday.

Argentinian international Tevez is seeking to engineer a move away from City, with the player reportedly desperate to join a club in South America in order to be closer to his family.

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EPL Could Have Goal-Line Technology by 2012/13

Goal-line technology could be introduced to the English Premier League in time for the 2012/2013 season, chief executive Richard Scudamore said Wednesday.

Writing in a review of the Premier League season to be distributed to British lawmakers later Wednesday, Scudamore expressed hope that controversies over goal-line decisions could soon be a distant memory.

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Sao Paulo Throw in Towel on Tevez Deal

Brazilian side Corinthians have admitted defeat in their attempt to sign Argentinean star Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.

City manager Roberto Mancini had said on Monday that the English Premier League club had agreed to a deal but the Brazilians contradicted him and then said Tuesday that time had run out with the transfer window in Brazil for players coming in from abroad closing Wednesday night.

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Chinese Great Yao Ming Retires from Basketball

Yao Ming has made it official Wednesday, telling a packed news conference in his hometown that a series of foot and leg injuries have forced him to retire from basketball.

"I will formally end my career," said Yao, the 7-fooot-6 center who became a household name in China before starting his NBA career with the Houston Rockets as the top draft pick in 2002.

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