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Chelsea opens five-point lead in Premier League standings

...lost only one game since, and produced sparkling football to climb to the top of the standings last weekend.Lyon's fourth away win extended its lead over second-place Marseille to four points. Lens remained second from bottom.
Britian's Mark Cavendish takes fifth stage of Tour de France

MARSEILLE, France - Mark Cavendish finally shook off an illness and a drop in form...who finished third in the crash-marred trek to the southern seaport of Marseille."Now the pressure's off and hopefully it has started the ball rolling...
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MARSEILLE, France - Most people wouldn't the airport in the southern town of Marseille, attracting about 20 seagulls that were...The engine was damaged. A court in Marseille ruled Tuesday that the French government...
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Brazil first World Cup team to advance

...the French are calling the nightmare in Marseille, the off-field focus at the World...up large TV screens like the one on a Marseille beach where ticketless English fans and...English and three French suspects in Marseille face trial July 17. Twenty-five others...
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Norway tops Brazil

MARSEILLE, France -- With its future in the World Cup down to seven minutes...congratulate their teammates when they clinched a spot vs. Italy on Saturday in Marseille. The fans in Viking helmets and red-and-blue Norwegian flags refused...
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Armstrong holds Tour lead despite protest

MARSEILLE, France -- Lance Armstrong kept his overall lead in the Tour de France...rider Fabio Sacchi of the Saeco team in a final sprint to the finish at Marseille. Bram de Groot of the Netherlands, with the Rabobank team, was third...
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A match made on the soccer field

MARSEILLE, France -- The tall, handsome Norwegian was playing soccer on the beach...Norwegians' beloved Midsummer Night, when there is only an hour of darkness. Marseille, on the French coast, is a holiday town. Everything was perfect...
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English fans turn rowdy

...They clashed with police and Tunisian fans on Sunday in Marseille, resulting in nearly 100 arrests. Some youths broke shop...Tunisian flag, angering mostly French-born Tunisians from the Marseille area. "One of them threatened us with a knife," said Majhid...
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Americans avoid Africans, could get Brazil or Colombians again

MARSEILLE, France -- Steve Sampson learned Tuesday he will coach the United States through the World Cup, and the Americans found out...
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U.S. storyline for World Cup draw: Out of Africa

MARSEILLE, France -- Steve Sampson is happy the United States will avoid a first-round matchup with an African opponent in next summer's...
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