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Squash-David deserves shot at Olympic squash medal: Pendleton

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Double Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton has thrown her support behind squash's bid for Olympic inclusion and thinks seven-times world champion Nicol David should have the chance to win Malaysia's first gold at the 2020 Games. One sport will be added to the programme for the 2020 Games with squash up against karate, the Chinese martial art of wushu, baseball/softball, roller sports, wakeboarding and climbing.

French Muslims join opposition to same-sex marriage

* Muslim activists, UOIF group back Catholic-led protest * Religious leaders leave major protest to lay groups * Opponents plan three marches meeting at Eiffel Tower By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS, Jan 7 (Reuters) - French Muslims have begun joining a mostly Catholic-led movement against same-sex marriage, widening opposition to the reform that the Socialist-led government is set to write into the law by June.

Soccer-South Africa can cause Nations Cup 'shock' - coach

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN, Jan 7 (Reuters) - South Africa, tumbling down the FIFA rankings and given little chance in their home tournament, can "shock people" and make a bold bid to win the African Nations Cup, coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday. Igesund said his squad, hard hit by injury, the retirement from international football of captain Steven Pienaar and a match fixing scandal that led to a temporary suspension of top officials, was on the right path.

Motor racing-Race calendar keeps F1 fans guessing

By Alan Baldwin LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - For a sport timed down to the thousandth of a second and measured in millimetres, Formula One seems to be finding it surprisingly difficult to get to grips with a calendar. With little more than two months to go before the Australian season-opener in Melbourne on March 17, the sport has yet to confirm how many races there will be in 2013 and where two of them will be held.

UPDATE 4-Brazil's hot, dry summer may lead to energy rationing

* Hydroelectric dam reservoir levels critically low * Energy minister dismisses private concerns of rationing * Greater use of thermo-power expected to push up rates By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Brazil faces the possibility of widespread energy rationing for the first time since 2001, as a hot, dry summer has deprived hydroelectric dams of needed water while boosting power use to run air conditioners in sweltering cities.

INTERVIEW-UPDATE 1-Retired U.S. general cautions against overuse of 'hated' drones

* McChrystal says unmanned aircraft help liberate U.S. special forces * But drones fuel global perception of American arrogance, he says * Afghan debate fueled White House, Pentagon mistrust - book (Updates throughout with McChrystal interview) By David Alexander

Debt may influence young doctors' career plans: study

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Pediatricians-in-training are more likely to plan to go into primary care, rather than a speciality field, if they have lots of debt from college and medical school, according to a U.S. study. Researchers publishing in Pediatrics also found that the average pediatric resident doctor's debt increased 34 percent between 2006 and 2010.

Rugby-Boxing clever for Cooper's confidence

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Sparring for his professional boxing debut has given controversial Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper a confidence boost ahead of the upcoming Super Rugby season, Queensland Reds coach Ewan McKenzie said on Tuesday. The 24-year-old New Zealand-born back steps into the ring on Feb. 8 on the undercard of close friend and World Cup winning All Black Sonny Bill Williams' bout with Francois Botha.

UPDATE 5-Horror of Colorado theater massacre recalled at hearing

* Former student charged with killing 12 during Batman film * Prosecutors outline evidence against accused gunman * Police describe nightmarish crime scene (Adds testimony about date of movie ticket purchase in seventh paragraph) By Keith Coffman

REFILE-Israeli minister warms to choice of Hagel for Pentagon

* Former Republican senator's record on Iran worries Jewish state * Obama seen setting tone for relations with Netanyahu government By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A senior Israeli diplomat has given a positive view of Chuck Hagel's nomination as U.S. defense secretary, though some commentators in the Jewish state expressed worries that the choice could open a new fissure in bedrock ties with Washington.
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