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Young royals turn DJs in Queen's Australian namesake

Britain's Prince William on Wednesday visited the South Australian town named after his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, where he and wife Kate met disadvantaged youngsters and tried their hands at DJ-ing. Named after the British monarch in 1955, Elizabeth is a northern satellite suburb of Adelaide which in recent years has been plagued by unemployment.

New Brunswick introduces legislation to create combat sport commission

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government has introduced legislation to create a commission to regulate combat sports such as mixed martial arts. Dorothy Shephard, the province's healthy and inclusive communities minister, says the Combat Sports Act would govern professional and amateur combat sport events. The legislation would establish a commission that would be responsible for making sure fighters are licensed and officials are qualified.

Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuser pleads guilty to 100 more charges

TORONTO - For decades, Gordon Stuckless preyed on young boys he met in schools, community centres and sports teams, luring them with hockey sticks and movie tickets until he gained their trust, a Toronto court heard Tuesday. The man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal pleaded guilty Tuesday to 100 charges stemming from the sexual abuse of 18 underage victims between 1965 and 1985. Stuckless, 65, "positioned himself to have constant access to children," according to an agreed statement of facts read in court.

Boxing: Broner eyes fourth world title after first loss

Adrien Broner, revitalized after a first career loss he dubbed a "wakeup call", has his eyes on making a successful comeback next week and capturing a fourth world title. Broner lost a unanimous 12-round decision last December to Argentina's Marcos Maidana, costing him a welterweight crown and launching the South American into a big-money Las Vegas showdown next week against Mayweather. "Losing that fight was definitely the best thing that ever happened to my career," Broner said.

Boxing: Broner eyes fourth world title after first loss

Adrien Broner, revitalized after a first career loss he dubbed a "wakeup call", has his eyes on making a successful comeback next week and capturing a fourth world title. Broner lost a unanimous 12-round decision last December to Argentina's Marcos Maidana, costing him a welterweight crown and launching the South American into a big-money Las Vegas showdown next week against Mayweather. "Losing that fight was definitely the best thing that ever happened to my career," Broner said.

Boxing: Ex-champ Collazo turns 33, calls out Khan

Former world champion Luis Collazo celebrated his 33rd birthday Tuesday by predicting a victory next week over England's Amir Khan but added he is not looking past the British boxer. Collazo and Khan will meet on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's welterweight unification showdown with Argentina's Marcos Maidana and the winner would put himself in line to be the next foe of unbeaten US pay-per-view star Mayweather.

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Football: Veteran Schwarzer replaces injured Cech

Chelsea suffered a huge blow just 17 minutes into their Champions League semi-final, first leg away to Atletico Madrid as goalkeeper Petr Cech was forced off with an injury. The Czech international landed awkwardly when he clashed with Raul Garcia when defending an Atletico corner. Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was therefore forced into action and became the oldest player to ever feature in the knockout stages of the Champions League at the age of 41.

Football: Veteran Schwarzer replaces injured Cech

Chelsea suffered a huge blow just 17 minutes into their Champions League semi-final, first leg away to Atletico Madrid as goalkeeper Petr Cech was forced off with an injury. The Czech international landed awkwardly when he clashed with Raul Garcia when defending an Atletico corner. Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was therefore forced into action and became the oldest player to ever feature in the knockout stages of the Champions League at the age of 41.

Prelate exonerates John Paul of turning blind eye to abuse case

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Catholic prelate who led the campaign to make the late Pope John Paul a saint exonerated the pontiff on Tuesday against accusations he turned a blind eye to one of the Church's biggest sexual abuse scandals. Victims of sexual abuse quickly criticized the prelate's defense of John Paul, who died in 2005 and will be made a saint at a ceremony this weekend along with Pope John XXII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963.
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