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  • Batistuta asked legs be cut off to relieve pain

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former star Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina's record goal scorer for the national team, says he once asked a doctor to amputate his legs to relieve intense pain in his ankles.

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  • Karim Benzema drives his €2 million chrome Bugatti Veyron to training because he's gotta drive it somewhere

    Not to be outdone by teammate Alvaro Arbeloa's super cool Morgan 3 Wheeler, Karim Benzema arrived at Real Madrid's training complex in his black and chrome Bugatti Veyron, which costs roughly €2 million.

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  • Alonso had "Five Great Years at Liverpool" but Won't Be Returning

    Addressing the various rumours surrounding his move to Bayern Munich, the ever classy Xabi Alonso spoke very fondly of former club Liverpool but insisted he'll never return to Merseyside. Despite leaving Liverpool FC several eons ago, Xabi Alonso has been continuously linked with a move back to…

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  • The Italian Job: Torres and AC Milan reach agreement, now it's up to Chelsea

    Throwaway mentions of Juventus and AS Roma provide plenty of additional speculation. ...Galliani has three-year agreement with the Spanish striker, given in London by the leaders of the Blues: unlocks if you exceed the knot of severance pay. The mosaic is not yet complete, but yesterday Fernando…

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  • Daniel Agger Set to Leave Liverpool for a Return to Brondby

    Daniel Agger is set to leave Liverpool and return to Brondby, his boyhood club. In a move that is a long time coming, yet shocking, Daniel Agger is prepared to leave Liverpool to return to Brondby. Agger got his start at Brondby, joining the club at the age 12, before transferring to Liverpool in…

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  • Borussia Dortmund "agree terms" with United playmaker

    The Japanese playmaker may soon be returning to the club with which he made his name. Sell them! Sell them all! The latest victim of Louis van Gaal's purge of United's flabby squad is, reportedly, Shinji Kagawa. Kagawa's departure has looked inevitable ever since Van Gaal made it clear he "could…

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  • Wenger: Arteta, Gibbs not ready for Leicester

    According to Arsene Wenger in today's press conference, Arsenal will face newly-promoted Leicester City on Sunday without the aid of captain Mikel Arteta and left back Kieran Gibbs: Arteta will certainly be short for Sunday. Aaron Ramsey will be back in the squad, as he was merely suspended for the…

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  • Yokohama fined $48,000 over banana-waver

    Japanese club Yokohama F-Marinos were hit with a $48,000 fine by the J-League on Friday after a supporter racially abused a black player during a game last weekend. The J-League denied that the punishment was more lenient than had been expected, telling AFP they had taken into consideration the…

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    Usain Bolt -- Party Rockin' In London ... With U.K. Soccer Star

    Usain Bolt took over a nightclub in London this week, hijacking the DJ booth to help one of his famous friends celebrate a HUGE night on the soccer pitch and TMZ has the video. It all went down at Chinawhite nightclub, where Bolt was partying with Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, who had scored his…

  • Analyzing Liverpool's Champions League Group Stage Opponents

    The Champions League groups have been drawn, the fixtures have been scheduled, and Liverpool are officially in full preparation mode for their first sojourn in Europe's top club competition since 2009. The draw was certainly much easier than it could have been (have fun, Manchester City!), but…

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  • DTotD: Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano knocked out by clothesline to the chin

    Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano was knocked unconscious by a clothesline to the chin from Illychivets defender Oleksandr Chyzhov during a Ukrainian Premier League match on Friday.

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  • Brazilian club promises to punish racist fans

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Gremio has promised to help identify and punish those of its fans who taunted a player in the latest case of racism to taint the national game.

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  • Dortmund survive late scare to beat Augsburg

    Borussia Dortmund bounced back from defeat on the opening day of the Bundesliga season to run out 3-2 winners at Augsburg on Friday with Marco Reus, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Adrian Ramos all on target. Jurgen Klopp's side needed to survive a late scare at the SGL Arena, however, as Augsburg…

  • Putin hopeful Russia won't lose right to host 2018 World Cup

    President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he hoped Russia would not lose the right to host the 2018 soccer World Cup following Western calls to stop the country staging the tournament. Asked whether there was any risk that Russia could lose its right to hold the tournament due to the complicated…

  • UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw Reaction

    FC Barcelona's fate is sealed: Group F with Paris Saint-Germain, AFC Ajax and APOEL NicosiaThis evening, FC Barcelona will discover their 2014-15 UEFA Champions League fate, as the group stage draw for this year’s edition of the world’s premier club competition is held in Monaco. Tonight, we will…

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  • Cudicini: Cech will leave Chelsea

    The man Petr Cech displaced in an eerily-similar fashion to his own apparent dethroning predicts the Czech No. 1 won't accept his fate calmly. It's been a while since we've heard from former No. 1-turned-No. 2, all-around supermodel, and professional good guy Carlo Cudicini. You see, he says that…

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  • QPR sign Liverpool's Robinson

    London (AFP) - QPR signed Liverpool defender Jack Robinson on Thursday and then loaned him to Huddersfield.