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R&B singer Rihanna's record label on Tuesday said it has refused to license a song to CBS for its "Thursday Night Football" program after the TV network chose not to use the song in its season opener because it was focused on the NFL's domestic violence scandal.

The Roc Nation label made its announcement after Rihanna, who was assaulted by singer and then-boyfriend Chris Brown on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards, railed against CBS on Twitter for scrapping her featured part in rapper Jay Z's "Run This Town" along with other planned content.

"Roc Nation made the decision to not grant the song's usage," Jay Z's Roc Nation label said in a statement.

The record label revoked the licensing before Tuesday because of the way CBS handled the situation, a spokeswoman said.

CBS said earlier on Tuesday it will open the show with original theme music instead of Rihanna's singing.

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Instead, the network covered the indefinite suspension of former Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic abuse and an essay on domestic violence among other content.

The United States' most popular sport league and its commissioner Roger Goodell have come under intense public criticism for the way the Rice case was handled.

Neither CBS nor Rihanna directly acknowledged that the singer's past history as a victim of domestic violence played a role in the decision.

"Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our 'Thursday Night Football' open," CBS said. "We will be using our newly created 'Thursday Night Football' theme music to open our game broadcast."

The dispute between Rihanna and CBS intensified when the 26-year-old Barbadian singer rebuked the network on Twitter.

"CBS you pulled my song last week Air Max Shoes Sale , now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday," the Grammy winner said, punctuating the Tweet to her 37.2 million followers with an expletive. "Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this."

CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said last week that the change in the broadcast reflected events. "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage," he told Sports Illustrated. CBS pulled several pre-game items including a comedy sketch.

Goodell initially suspended Rice two games for punching his then fiancee in an Atlantic City Air Max Sale , New Jersey, casino elevator, but later suspended the running back indefinitely after surveillance footage was published showing Rice knocking her unconscious. Rice has also been cut by the Ravens.

Criticism of the handling of the Rice case led the NFL to apologize and toughen its domestic violence penalties. Official beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch on Tuesday criticized the league for its handling of a spate of abuse cases.

KAMPALA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Uganda will host the 2017 Africa Rugby Sevens Championship slated for Oct. 6-7, a sports official said here on Thursday.

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Uganda's national team, Rugby Cranes, handled by former Kenyan international Tolbert Onyango are the defending champions of the Africa Sevens after they beat Namibia in the finals last year.

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Premier Li Keqiang delivers a keynote speech at the opening of the 2014 annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan province on Thursday. WU ZHIYICHINA DAILY

Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday dismissed speculation of major policy easing amid the current economic slowdown, saying the government will not opt for a massive short-term stimulus because of "temporary" volatility.

"A growth rate under this year's 7.5 percent target is acceptable so long as sufficient employment is ensured Nike Air Max Womens Sale ," the premier told guests at the opening ceremony of the 2014 annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan province.

"We will focus more on medium- to long-term healthy development," Li said, adding that China has enough options to respond to any risk and challenges and is capable of maintaining economic growth at a reasonable level.

Streamlining administration and further tax reforms are two of the options on the agenda, said Li.

The world's second-largest economy was expected to expand by about 7.3 percent in the first quarter of the year, down from 7.

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