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  • Juve, Napoli target morale-boosting wins

    Champions Juventus hope to end a rollercoaster week on a high with a win away at Cagliari on Thursday, while Napoli bid to return to winning ways at home to bottom of the table Parma. Juventus and Italian Cup holders Napoli play their respective league fixtures two days before the rest of Serie A…

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  • New money rises in English football as old powers slip

    Manchester City and Chelsea, England's nouveaux riches, appear poised to dominate the Premier League in 2015, with traditional powerhouses Manchester United and Liverpool working their way through periods of transition. United began this year as champions and Liverpool came agonisingly close to…

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  • San Lorenzo to play Real Madrid for Club World Cup

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Real Madrid's opponent in the Club World Cup final will be San Lorenzo after the South American champions ended a surprise tournament run by amateur team Auckland City with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.

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  • Sterling lifts Rodgers as Liverpool make semis

    London (AFP) - Raheem Sterling eased the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool swept into the League Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Championship leaders Bournemouth on Wednesday.

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  • Dortmund stay in bottom three after Wolves draw

    Ailing German giants Borussia Dortmund remain in the Bundesliga's relegation places after a battling 2-2 draw with second-placed VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday. The draw leaves defending champions Bayern Munich 11 points clear at the top of the table. Dortmund twice let the lead slip, a piece of…

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  • Abidal to retire confirms Olympiakos coach

    Former France international defender Eric Abidal who returned to playing football after undergoing a liver transplant bowed out on a winning note on Wednesday as Greek champions Olympiakos beat Panionios 2-0 in their league match. Olympiakos coach Michel confirmed after the game that Abidal had…

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  • Quotes from AP Global 10 voters

    LONDON (AP) -- Quotes from voters in this week's Associated Press Global Football 10:

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  • Arsenal stars hail 'inspirational' Henry

    Present-day Arsenal stars led the tributes to club great Thierry Henry on Tuesday after the former France striker announced his retirement from professional football. Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations on an outstanding career @ThierryHenry. English winger Theo…

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  • Madrid tops AP Global 10 after 20th straight win

    LONDON (AP) -- Real Madrid replaced Barcelona at the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after extending its record run of wins to 20 in all competitions with two four-goal victories in a week.

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  • Alexi Lalas following World Cup from ESPN to Fox

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Alexi Lalas is following the World Cup from ESPN to Fox.

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  • Liverpool unrest reports 'untrue' - Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Tuesday described press speculation about disharmony within his changing room as "totally untrue". Liverpool have endured a dismal start to the season, crashing out of the Champions League and falling 18 points off the pace in the Premier League after last…

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  • Samp chief sanctioned for racist slur

    Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has been handed a three-month ban and given fines totalling 45,000 euros ($56,000) for racist slurs aimed at Inter president Erick Thohir, the Italian football federation (FIGC) announced. He was handed a fine of 10,000 euros ($12,437) while Sampdoria were fined…

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  • Arsenal and France legend Henry retires

    Former Arsenal and French striker Thierry Henry announced Tuesday he was retiring from football after a glittering two decades long career and will become a TV analyst for Sky Sports in England. Henry, 37, a world and European champion with France, and the scorer of 228 goals with Arsenal…

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  • Chelsea, Liverpool set sights on League Cup

    Premier League leaders Chelsea and beleaguered Liverpool will be among the teams bidding to take a step closer to Wembley when the League Cup reaches the quarter-final stage this week. The League Cup holds special significance for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, as he won the 2005 tournament in his…

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  • Pirlo named Italy's best for third straight year

    Milan (AFP) - Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo claimed Serie A's player of the year award for the third consecutive year during a gala event on Monday organised by the Association of Italian Footballers.

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  • Real Madrid to face Schalke in Champions League

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- A Champions League draw heavy with reunions on Monday paired Real Madrid and Barcelona with the same last 16 opponents as last season, and sent Arsene Wenger back to the club where he made his reputation.

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