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Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, climbs towards Hautacam to win the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (90.4 miles) with start in Pau and finish in Hautacam, Pyrenees region, France, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

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NIBALI WINS STAGE TO CLOSE ON TOUR DE FRANCE CROWN

Vincenzo Nibali closes in on Tour de France crown by winning tough 18th stage.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nibali-wins-18th-tour-de-france-stage

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AGUIRRE REPLACES ZACCHERONI AS JAPAN COACH

Japan appoints Mexican Javier Aguirre as new coach of the national team

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/mexican-aguirre-named-new-coach-japan

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AUSTRALIAN WOMEN SET WORLD RECORD IN 4X100 FREESTYLE

Australia's women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team breaks the world record on day 1 of the Commonwealth Games.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/australia-women-break-freestyle-relay-world-record/2014/07/24/20b5faf4-1373-11e4-ac56-773e54a65906—story.html

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HAMILTON EAGER TO EXTEND MERCEDES CONTRACT

Lewis Hamilton says he is close to signing an F1 contract extension with Mercedes.

http://racing.ap.org/article/hamilton-hoping-extend-mercedes-contract

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LAMPARD JOINS NEW YORK CITY FC

Former Chelsea great Frank Lampard joins MLS expansion team New York City FC.


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