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Dutch dazzle World Cup with win over Spain

When least expected, the Dutch turned on the style with a barrage of spectacular goals and a 5-1 victory that humiliated defending champions Spain.

Pistorius denies official’s claim he asked to return to training

An official says athlete Oscar Pistorius informed authorities that he wants to return to training while on bail, a claim his spokesperson has denied.

Chicken cock-up mirrors public frustration with EU

Only half the EU's nations have complied with a law to eliminate cramped cages of hens -- a flop seen as a metaphor for Europe's state of disarray.

Gunman armed with grenades lays siege to Belgian city

A man armed with hand grenades and guns opened fire in the crowded centre of a Belgian city, killing two people and wounding 64, officials say.

Champions League pressure builds on Chelsea for Genk match

Chelsea are out to prove themselves in their Champions League clash against Genk after two consecutive English Premier League losses.

Pistorius’s silver sadness

More than winning a silver medal at the World Championships, Oscar Pistorius said he wished he could have run in the 4 x 400m relay final.

Politics takes centre stage at World Cup bidding

The time for cold, rational arguments is over. Clout and commitment is what counts to determine the venues of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Leader says more violence could hit Afcon cup

A separatist leader warned on Tuesday that rebels could launch more attacks during the African Cup of Nations tournament.

EU prepares sanctions, arms embargo for Guinea

The EU is preparing to impose an arms embargo and visa ban to punish Guinea's rulers for a massacre at a pro-democracy rally, an official said.

Bolt runs for second world title in Berlin

There is no doubt Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world, and the Jamaican looks set to prove that again in the 200metre final on Thursday.

Players face bumpy ride at Confed Cup opener

Workers struggled on Saturday to make the damaged Ellis Park pitch playable in time for Sunday's Confederations Cup opener between SA and Iraq.

Pistorius starts bid for Beijing

After he dipped across the line on Saturday and his Cheetah runner blades finally came to a standstill, Oscar Pistorius realised it was almost too good to be true. He was running competitively again. And despite being a double amputee, he was embarking on his bid to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.

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