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Year-ender: For soccer, an era ends in 2014

Some legendary footballers chose to hang up their boots in 2014. Most of them, barring South Korea's Park Ji-sung, were born in the 1970s. Their retirement was seen as an end of a classic generation.

Soccer development set to score in new school curriculum

Soccer courses will be mandatory at an increasing number of schools, a move designed to achieve the country's goal of becoming a sporting power.

Anti-doping agency says no cover-up of Sun's ban

Olympic and world champion swimmer Sun Yang's short ban for doping in May was "appropriate", said a senior Chinese anti-doping official.

Maria Sharapova withdraws from US Open

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew from the US Open on Sunday due to a leg injury.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt sprints past doping questions

Usain Bolt, the 28-year-old sprint great from Jamaica, artfully dodged questions about doping in track and field and his rivalry with twice-suspended US runner Justin Gatlin during a meeting with a select band of journalists in Beijing on Thursday.

Soccer association prepares to stand on its own

Soccer reform takes a major step forward with General Administration of Sport of China removing its grip on the Chinese Football Association.

Kaka recalled to Brazil squad

Former FIFA world player of the year winner Kaka has been recalled to Brazil's national team for September friendlies against Costa Rica and the USA.

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Pistorius jailed for five years for Steenkamp killing

A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

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