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Coach Conte helps Italy close gap in class to Germany

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Paris, June 29 (AP) - The gap in class that recently seemed so great between Germany and Italy is not so big now.

In fact, it might have closed completely when the two old rivals meet Saturday in a European Championship quarterfinal.

Italy's standout performances at Euro 2016 - a pair of 2-0 wins to end Spain's reign on Monday and unsettle Belgium in their opening match - rank high among the tournament's best.

They also repaired much of the damage done in March when Germany easily beat...
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Security, not Zika, is biggest concern for Olympics: Rio CEO

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Washington, June 29 (AP) - The chief organizer of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics says security is his top concern, well ahead of the Zika virus.

Sidney Levy, CEO of the Rio Organizing Committee, said Tuesday that keeping athletes and visitors safe from terrorism and other crime is his No. 1 top...
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From president to social media, Argentina wants Messi back

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Argentina, June 29 (AP) - The president of Argentina said Tuesday he hopes to meet Lionel Messi next week and convince him to return to the national team.

President Mauricio Macri said he had spoken by telephone with Messi, who announced his shock retirement from the Argentine national team...
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