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Bets off for Britain's bookies after horse flu outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) - A shutdown in British horse racing due to an outbreak of equine influenza is costing the bookmaking industry tens of millions of pounds, Betfair said on Friday, and could get much worse if the outbreak is prolonged.

Jackie still training daily despite university exams

KUALA LUMPUR: National hammer thrower Jackie Wong Siew Cheer is busy preparing for his university examinations but his training schedule continues as usual.

Grain exporters in Russia's south fear World Cup security hurdles

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Grain exporters in southern Russia are seeking government assurances that shipments will not be disrupted during the World Cup football finals because of tight security on roads and at ports, industry sources said.

Locust swarms pose threat to World Cup pitches - Russian official

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Swarms of locusts pose a threat to Russia's soccer World Cup as they could attack stadium pitches and cause a "global scandal", an Agriculture Ministry official said on Wednesday.

Soccer star Weah and VP Boakai near Liberia presidential run-off

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberian former soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai were comfortably ahead in partial presidential election results announced on Saturday, and look set to contest a run-off next month.

Azhar sets the early pace in Serdang

PETALING JAYA: Motul Zeneos Yamaha YY Pang’s Mohd Azhar Abdul Jalil served up a surprise in the CP150 timed practice in Round 5 of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship in Serdang.

South American riders gain ground in Rio

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - In a sport long dominated by Europeans, South American riders will be out in force at the continent's first Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro's Deodoro area next month.

Singapore World Cup finals cancelled because of haze

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore Swimming Association considered legal action on Saturday after thick smog caused by forest fires in Indonesia led to the cancellation of the first night of finals at swimming' s World Cup series.