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Man Utd player wins 4.5m payout PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

A former Manchester United player whose career was ended when he was injured in a tackle has been awarded more than £4.5m in compensation, reports BBC.

Ben Collett, 23, broke his leg in a reserve game against Middlesbrough five years ago, at the age of 18.

Boro player Gary Smith and his club admitted liability for the injury.
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Portsmouth sign Kaboul from Spurs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Portsmouth have sealed the signing of Younes Kaboul from Tottenham, reports BBC.

The French defender, who was also linked with Sunderland and Aston Villa, has joined for an undisclosed fee after agreeing a four-year contract.
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Footballer blackmailed over sex PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

A former Manchester City youth team goalkeeper has admitted blackmailing a top Premier League footballer over sexual images, reports BBC.

Goalkeeper Ashley Timms, 22, of Middleton, Greater Manchester, admitted a charge of making unwarranted demands with menaces.
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Johnson shuns City offer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Contract rejected but talks continue

Sky Sports

Manchester City star Michael Johnson has rejected the new contract he has been offered, skysports.com understands.

The England Under-21 star has three years left on his current deal but he is now a hugely important part of City's squad.
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Brazil, Argentina, Italy book quarter-final berths PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

AFP, BEIJING - Ronaldinho was back to his best as he led Brazil on a 5-0 romp over

New Zealand Sunday to confirm their quarter-final berth in Olympic men's football along with Argentina and Italy.

The tournament's big three cannot be denied winning their groups with one pool match remaining but the Netherlands last gasp draw with the United States left three teams in with a chance to take the two berths from Group B.
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Robson penalty secures Celtic win PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Celtic 1-0 St Mirren

Celtic got their defence of the Scottish Premier League title off to a winning start thanks to a controversial Barry Robson penalty against St Mirren, reports BBC..

The Buddies had matched their more illustrious opponents, with a Billy Mehmet drive striking a post.
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Parry defends Barry stance PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Reds chief executive claims midfielder's price is 'too high'

Sky Sports

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry insists the club's American owners are not questioning Rafa Benitez's judgement in the pursuit of Gareth Barry.

Benitez has been keen to add Aston Villa midfielder Barry to his squad, but the Reds had been unable to agree a fee with their Premier League rivals.
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Roma Close In On Baptista PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

SW, ROME  - Out of favour Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista is close to signing a contract with Italian squad AS Roma.

Baptista, who has played for São Paulo, Sevilla, Arsenal and currently for Real Madrid hasn't quite found the form thought of by the young Brazilian promise.
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Rain cools Beijing, raises hope of clear air PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Reuters, Beijing- Rain fell on Beijing on Sunday, cooling oven-like temperatures for the second day of the Olympic Games and raising hopes that the thick haze clogging the Chinese capital might finally clear.

The rain delayed the start of the tennis competition on Sunday morning. Optimistic Olympic officials said the grey mist shrouding many venues should lift in the coming hours.
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Beijing to tighten security after fatal attack PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Sun Aug 10,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Olympic organizers vowed to tighten security in central Beijing on Sunday after an American tourist died in a stabbing attack, but they insisted the Chinese capital was safe and Western sightseers were unfazed.

"We are going to strengthen the security at scenic spots ... to make sure no sharp weapons can be brought into the area," Beijing Olympic spokesman Wang Wei told a news conference.
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Phelps wins "cool" first gold in China PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Swimmer Michael Phelps demolished his own world record to win a first Olympics gold on Sunday in the quest for an unprecedented eight, but conflict in Georgia and a dozen bomb attacks in west China spoiled the party mood.

Listening to hip-hop on headphones as he walked to the block, Phelps went on to win the 400 meters individual medley at China's futuristic and full-to-capacity Water Cube.
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China study forward tactics after beating Spain PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - China, hoping for their first Olympic hockey medal, went back to the drawing board immediately after winning their opening women's pool A match on Sunday.

China, who finished fourth in the last Olympics at Athens, thrashed Spain 3-0 for maximum points but the margin could have been higher had some of the Chinese forwards converted chances.
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Chinese duo leap to springboard gold PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - China leapt and twisted to gold in the women's synchronised 3 metre springboard on Sunday, claiming the first diving medals in a sport which the host nation hopes to dominate.

China's "diving diva" Guo Jingjing and younger partner Wu Minxia lived up to their billing as favourites, compiling a total of 343.50 points to beat Russian duo Julia Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdnyakova, who took the silver with 323.61.
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China overcome spills to take lead PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A crash landing off the asymmetric bars by He Kexin failed to stop China from upstaging an injury-hit United States team in women's qualifying at the Olympics on Sunday.

The two gymnastics super-powers are expected to battle it out for the gold medal in Wednesday's team final but both had to overcome setbacks on the opening day of the women's competition.
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Kostelecky of the Czech Republic wins men's trap gold PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - David Kostelecky of the Czech Republic won the Olympic gold medal in the men's trap shooting on Sunday.

Italy's Giovanni Pellielo won the silver and there will be a shoot-off to decide the bronze medal.
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Doping controversy still haunts - Spain coach PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A doping controversy surrounding the Spanish women before the Olympic hockey hit the team badly and they discussed not going to Beijing, coach Pablo Usoz said.

Two of the team tested positive for banned substances at a qualifying event in Azerbaijan in April. Spain qualified ahead of Azerbaijan after beating them 3-2 in the final.
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China's Guo wins air pistol gold PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Guo Wenjun of China won the gold medal in the women's 10m air pistol on Sunday in a stirring final that produced an Olympics medals showdown between Russia and Georgia against the backdrop of a military conflict back home.

Georgia's Nino Salukvadze, who almost left the Games earlier on Sunday with her 35-member team over the conflict with Russia, took bronze behind Russia's Natalia Paderina in silver.
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Coventry staying loyal to troubled Zimbabwe PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry, who won silver in the Olympic 400 metres individual medley on Sunday, said she would never compete for another country.

In 2002 she took up a scholarship at Auburn University, which has to one of the best swimming teams in the U.S., and despite the economic problems in Zimbabwe she does not intend to copy other African athletes by switching nationality.
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