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Mo Farah out of Commonwealth Games

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah out of Commonwealth Games, illness recovery not complete
The Associated Press

GLASGOW, Scotland - Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games because he has not recovered fully from a recent stomach ailment.

Team England said Thursday, on the opening day of the games, that Farah, who had planned to run the 5,000 and 10,000 metres — the same distances he won gold at during the London Games in 2012 — would remain at his training base in France.

Australia readies 50 police to send to Ukraine

Australia sends 50 police to London in anticipation of joining UN security force in Ukraine
The Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia - Australia has sent 50 police to London in anticipation of deploying them to the Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a United Nations team.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the police pre-deployment on Thursday. He says foreign ministers of Australia and Netherlands are going to Kyiv to seek a memorandum of understanding that will allow international police to secure the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine.

JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins

Profiles in Coinage: JFK returns to more lifelike look in collectors' coins made at West Point
Michael Hill, The Associated Press

WEST POINT, N.Y. - President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins.

The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked and sharpened in the 1990s. Now the U.S. Mint is producing collectors' coins that restore the original 1964 design, which incorporated suggestions from a grieving Jacqueline Kennedy.

Scottish identity celebrated as Glasgow Games open

From pipers to Loch Ness Monster, Scottishness celebrated at Commonwealth Games
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

GLASGOW, Scotland - The Loch Ness Monster, tartan-clad bagpipers and giant pieces of shortbread took the place of footballers on the Celtic Park pitch as the Commonwealth Games began with a celebration of Scottish mythology and exports on Wednesday.

Playful Pole wins Tour stage, as Nibali marches on

Playful Pole winks his way uphill to win 17th Tour stage, as no-nonsense Nibali cements lead
Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

PLA D'ADET, France - On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle's antenna.

Even this late in the Tour de France, the Polish rider made winning look easy as he took Stage 17 on Wednesday.

Young MH17 victim has eerie premonition of crash

A haunting premonition: 'What will happen if the airplane crashes?' asks boy boarding MH17
Kristen Gelineau, The Associated Press

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?"

Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who'd been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would drop Miguel and his big brother Shaka at the airport so they could catch Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the first leg of their journey to Bali to visit their grandmother.

A kiss, a prayer: The last hours of MH17's victims

A last kiss, a prayer, a haunting premonition: How did the people on Flight 17 end up there?
Kristen Gelineau, The Associated Press

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?"

Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who'd been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would drop Miguel and his big brother Shaka at the airport so they could catch Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the first leg of their journey to Bali to visit their grandmother.

Typhoon rains hit China; plane crashes in Taiwan

Typhoon weakens as it reaches heavily populated southeast China; Taiwan plane crashes in rain
The Associated Press

BEIJING, China - The second typhoon to hit China in a week quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it reached the country's heavily populated southeastern provinces on Wednesday after passing across Taiwan overnight.

NCAA president supports 4-team football playoff

NCAA President Emmert says he would back 4-team BCS football playoff
Michael Marot, The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - NCAA President Mark Emmert would support a four-team playoff in college football — as long as the field doesn't grow.

After giving his annual state of the association speech Thursday in Indianapolis, Emmert acknowledged he would back a small playoff if that's what Bowl Championship Series officials decide to adopt.

Djokovic drawn opposite of Rafa and Roger

Djokovic on opposite side of Australian Open draw to Nadal, Federer
John Pye, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are on the same half of a Grand Slam draw for the first time since 2005, meaning defending champion and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic won't have to play either of his biggest rivals unless he reaches the Australian Open final.

No. 23-seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will face unseeded Filippo Volandri of Italy.

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