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Protectionist wins Melbourne Cup, favourite dies

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - German raider Protectionist timed his finishing burst to perfection to win the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, but the race was overshadowed by the death of two horses including favourite Admire Rakti, who collapsed and died after finishing last.


Senegal beat Ghana 2-1 in Nations Cup thriller

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) - Senegal beat Ghana 2-1 in an electrifying African Cup of Nations Group C opener after substitute Moussa Sow scored a dramatic winner with almost the last kick of the game on Monday.


Tactical change reaps reward for new-look, solid Arsenal

LONDON (Reuters) - A change of tactics reaped rewards as a new, more subdued but more solid Arsenal arrived at Manchester City on Sunday, saw less of the ball than usual yet still masterfully outplayed the champions.


Wales hold off feisty Scotland to seal narrow win

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Wales weathered a fierce Scotland onslaught to kick-start their Six Nations campaign with a frenetic 26-23 victory at a sun-kissed Murrayfield on Sunday.


Monaco heap more Champions League agony on Arsenal

LONDON (Reuters) - AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counter-attacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London on Wednesday, heaping more European agony on Arsene Wenger.


Unexploded bomb shuts down Dortmund stadium

BERLIN (Reuters) - An unexploded World War II bomb was found near Borussia Dortmund's stadium on Thursday, forcing the Bundesliga club to shut down some of their operations.


Croatia rout Norway 5-1 but Kovac wants more

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia edged towards the Euro 2016 finals with a 5-1 home win over Norway in their Group H qualifier on Saturday but coach Niko Kovac was still not totally happy with the performance.


Warner's 'football tsunami' warning finally comes true for FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) - Almost exactly four years to the day since former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner stood in the lobby of the Baur au Lac hotel and warned FIFA a "football tsunami" was about to hit it, his words have finally came true.


FIFA vice president suggests sinister U.S tactics

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - FIFA vice president Issa Hayatou said the arrest of officials from world football's governing body in Zurich last week at the behest of the U.S. Justice department should have been carried out on American soil.


Amid fireworks and razzmatazz, Copa America kicks off

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - South America's top football competition kicked off on Thursday amid fireworks and razzmatazz, as football fans across the continent tried to forget the corruption scandals plaguing the sport and concentrate on events on the pitch.