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JUDGE GREEN LIGHTS $2B SALE OF LA CLIPPERS

A judge approves the record-setting $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, as Donald Sterling loses his bid to block the sale made by his estranged wife.

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TAX FRAUD CASE AGAINST MESSI TO PROCEED

A bid to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi has failed in a Spanish court, meaning the Barcelona and Argentina star has a case to answer.

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WORLEY SHOUTOUT LEADS PIRATES PAST GIANTS

Pittsburgh's Vance Worley throws his first shutout as Pirates beat San Francisco 5-0

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/worley-tosses-4-hitter-pirates-beat-giants-5-0

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SAILORS FACE DIRTY WATER IN RIO PRE-OLYMPIC TEST

Sailors will face filthy water in Guanabara Bay during a pre-Olympic test starting this weekend.

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NO TICKETS LEFT FOR JAMES' CLEVELAND HOMECOMING

All tickets snapped up for LeBron James' homecoming event at Cleveland Cavaliers.

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    Rooney would be great for MLS, says Portland Timbers owner

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