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AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016 Warren Barnsley

OLYMPICS - Rome is set to drop its bid for the 2024 Olympics after mayor Virginia Raggi confirmed her opposition to the Italian capital's candidacy.

TENNIS - The International Tennis Federation says French player Constant Lestienne has been banned for seven months for gambling on matches, with half of the sentence suspended.

SOCCER - Nice's brilliant start to the season has continued, with Mario Balotelli striking another double as they sank Monaco 4-0 to go top of Ligue 1.

SOCCER - Spanish leaders Real Madrid have been held 1-1 at home by defiant Villarreal as they failed to get a record 17th straight victory in La Liga.

TENNIS - US Open champion Stan Wawrinka has kept his winning run going with a straight-forward victory over Lukas Rosol in the second round of the St Petersburg Open.

RUGBY UNION - Five-eighth Pat Lambie has been named for South Africa's squad for their last two Rugby Championship matches. Lambie has not played for the Springboks since June.

SOCCER - The Iceland team that grabbed headlines at Euro 2016 has been left out of Electronic Arts's highly-anticipated FIFA 17 video game due to a dispute over image rights.

BOXING - Floyd Mayweather Jnr says he almost came out of retirement to fight UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

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