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Spectacular start to Games

The story presented in Friday's opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympic Games sought to distil 5,000 years of Chinese history

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Rivals forced to field weakened sides due to injuries

For a country that claims to have invented football more than 2,000 years ago, China have been waiting an eternity for success in the beautiful game. But as the Asian Cup gets under way here today, the nation's hundreds of millions of football fans are brimming with optimism that years of flops and gallant failures are coming to an end.

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Glorious summer in sight for Leicester City after many winters of discontent

LEICESTER, England (Reuters) - When King Richard III was reinterred in Leicester in March last year 500 years after his death, fans of the English city's unheralded football club might have thought it too was dead and buried.

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Murray's day ends in tears - again

LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray discovered he can still

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Protestors, delays and rain backdrop as Commonwealth Games opened

GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - Indigenous rights protestors, a heavy rain shower and transport issues provided a turbulent backdrop to the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

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Boxing fever grips Thailand's boys but doctors raise health concerns

BURIRAM, Thailand (Reuters) - Loud cheers erupt as two boys trade punches at a boxing ring in Thailand's northeastern province of Buriram.

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Resurgent China promises an epic show to welcome world

CHINA throws open its doors to the world today, promising an epic spectacular to welcome athletes from a record 205 countries to the Beijing Olympics.

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With one week to go, flame abseils into London

LONDON (Reuters) - The Olympic torch arrived in London by Royal Navy helicopter on Friday to spend the night in one of Britain's most secure sites ahead of its week-long journey around the capital, culminating in the lighting of the cauldron at the main stadium in a week's time.

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With one week to go, flame abseils into London

LONDON (Reuters) - The Olympic torch arrived in London by Royal Navy helicopter on Friday to spend the night in one of Britain's most secure sites ahead of its week-long journey around the capital, culminating in the lighting of the cauldron at the main stadium in a week's time.

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Australia's Windsor ready to fly Aboriginal flag

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - When Aboriginal figure skater Harley Windsor takes to the ice at the Pyeongchang Olympics next week, he will hope to deliver a performance that can inspire indigenous Australians and also silence the racists who have questioned his identity.