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British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan today criticised Sepp Blatter for suggesting Gareth Bale could be banned from playing for Tottenham during London 2012.

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Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba have struck up a fine partnership at Newcastle

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Papiss Cissé has made a fantastic start to his Newcastle career

Cissé adds the finishing touch to Newcastle graft

The Senegal striker's spectacular start is a key factor in surprise challenge for Europe

Senegal president Abdoulaye Wade concedes to rival Macky Sall

President Abdoulaye Wade conceded defeat to his former protege Macky Sall, congratulating him several hours after polls closed when preliminary results showed the opposition candidate had trounced the 85-year-old incumbent.

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Alan Pardew delighted with Newcastle strike partnership

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Papiss Demba Cissé enjoys his goal on his Newcastle debut

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse to miss international match with injury

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has been withdrawn from the Senegal squad for tomorrow night's friendly against South Africa.

Senegal set for second vote after President fails to win majority

Senegal is set for a run-off vote after its aged president failed to win a majority in a contentious election that has threatened to destabilise the West African nation. Former prime minister Macky Sall came a close second to the 85 year old Abdoulaye Wade, according to provisional results, and electors will now have to choose between them in a second round expected in mid-March.

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