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Factbox - How the world reacted to Australian ball-tampering scandal

(Reuters) - Reaction after Australia's Steve Smith, who has stepped down as captain, confessed on Saturday that the team's "leadership group" had hatched a plan to alter the condition of the ball during the third day of the third test against South Africa.

Mancini at short odds to become next Leicester manager

(Reuters) - Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is the bookmakers' favourite to replace compatriot Claudio Ranieri as Leicester City manager after the Italian was sacked by the Premier League champions on Thursday.

Good days for rugby as underdogs close World Cup gap

LONDON (Reuters) - Japan's 34-32 Rugby World Cup upset of South Africa still beggars belief, confounding all the sport's received wisdom. But the man charged with boosting rugby's development allows himself just a smile.

Smaller teams see progress in money talks

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Formula One's smaller teams felt at least a penny had dropped on Saturday after meeting the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone and rights holders CVC to discuss demands for more money.

Arabic speakers welcomed to London with garbled signs

LONDON (Reuters) - A shopping centre next to the Olympic Park has displayed incomprehensible welcome signs in a garbled attempt at Arabic in the latest cultural blunder to embarrass London at a time when the eyes of the world are fixed on the British capital.

Pressure easing on organisers but security remains on high alert

NEW DELHI: As the countdown to the Common­wealth Games moved into its final three days, athletes continued to flood into a heavily guarded Indian capital as the host of problems surrounding the event showed signs of easing.

Indians want president instead of Prince Charles to open Games

NEW DELHI: A diplomatic feud is brewing amid the already existing chaos at the Commonwealth Games, this time involving Prince Charles and Indian President Pratibha Patil.

Diplomatic feud latest woe at Commonwealth Games

NEW DELHI (AP): A diplomatic feud is brewing amid the already existing chaos at the Commonwealth Games, this time involving Prince Charles and Indian President Pratibha Patil.

Stoke dreaming of belated semi-final redemption

LONDON: Stoke City fans have had precious little to celebrate in 122 years but victory at Chel­sea on Sunday would put them one game away from reaching the FA Cup final for the first time while reviving some painful memories.

Beijing police clear streets of beggars for August Olympics

Beijing police have launched a campaign toclear the city's streets of beggars to create a 'civilisedand sound' environment for the August OlympicGames, state media reported yesterday.