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China sweep tainted badminton tournament

LONDON (Reuters) - The London Games badminton tournament was rocked by the biggest scandal to hit the sport in its 20-year Olympic history, casting a pall over China's stunning sweep of the five titles on offer.

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Struggling Springboks tweak forwards for NZ clash

(Reuters) - South Africa have made two changes to their forward pack for the Rugby Championship test against New Zealand on Saturday, while prop Jannie du Plessis has been given a few more days to prove his fitness ahead of the Dunedin clash.

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Struggling Springboks tweak forwards for NZ clash

(Reuters) - South Africa have made two changes to their forward pack for the Rugby Championship test against New Zealand on Saturday, while prop Jannie du Plessis has been given a few more days to prove his fitness ahead of the Dunedin clash.

Football

Dortmund’s Lewandowski out to gun down Bayern before joining them

BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund’s biggest weapon in Saturday’s Champions League final against Bayern Munich is Robert Lewandowski, who will be hoping to gun down the Bavarians at Wembley before sealing a transfer to the Allianz Arena in the summer.

Football

Kelantan coach Hodak says pressure will be on big spenders JDT

PETALING JAYA: An explosive encounter is in store when Kelantan take on Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) in tonight’s FA Cup final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Football

Espanyol slam Barca for poaching academy graduates

MADRID (Reuters) - The president of Espanyol, Joan Collet, has angrily denounced city rivals Barcelona for what he called the "shameful" practice of poaching youngsters from the club's academy.

Football

Mata rebuff shows Spurs are a threat - Villas-Boas

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea's decision to block Tottenham Hotspur's move for Juan Mata in the recent transfer window shows the clubs are now genuine rivals, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said on Thursday.

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NZ Government provide $5 million to prevent America's Cup poaching

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's government has provided a NZ$5 million (2.62 million pounds) investment to the Team New Zealand America's Cup syndicate to stop their top design and sailing personnel being poached as they look to build another campaign for world's oldest sporting trophy.

Rugby

Louw backs breakdown specialist Gray in battle on floor

(Reuters) - Adapting to the greater freedom afforded by northern hemisphere referees at the breakdown will be a big challenge for South Africa against Wales but the experience of their consultant Richie Gray will help them, according to flanker Francois Louw.

Football

Struggling Soldado's World Cup hopes fade away at Spurs

LONDON (Reuters) - Roberto Soldado was a regular in the Spain squad before joining Tottenham Hotspur in the close season but the striker's poor form for his new club means he has little hope of going to this year's World Cup in Brazil.