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August 20, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Liverpool was the big casualty on the Premier League's opening day, losing by 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, while Arsenal began life without Robin van Persie with a frustrating, 0-0 draw against Sunderland. Goals weren't a problem for Fulham and Swansea, with both teams enjoying 5-0 routs, while former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas made a miserable return to English football as Tottenham lost, 2-1, at Newcastle. But there were happier returns to the Premier League for West Ham and Reading, with both teams avoiding defeat in their first matches since gaining promotion.
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April 26, 2013
The Week in Soccer   Tottenham Hotspur at Wigan Athletic 10 a.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel) U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey moved to Tottenham last summer so he could play in the UEFA Champions League. The Spurs sit one point out of England's last qualifying spot for the tournament.   Barcelona at Athletic Bilbao Noon Saturday (beIN Sport) After suffering a 4-0 blowout loss at Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Barcelona returns to its pursuit of the Spanish championship.
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September 25, 2011 | The Inquirer Staff
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo continued to dazzle in the Spanish top flight, with each scoring his second hat trick of the season to lift their teams to La Liga victories Saturday. Messi scored in the 26th and 78th minutes and added a goal in second-half stoppage time, leading Barcelona over visiting Atletico Madrid, 5-0. He also forced an own-goal by Miranda in the 15th, six minutes after David Villa had put Barcelona ahead. In Madrid, Ronaldo scored in the 39th minute and converted penalty kicks in the 51st and 84th to help Real defeat Rayo Vallecano, 6-2. Man U's win streak ends.
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March 4, 2012
Roger Federer edged Andy Murray , 7-5, 6-4, Saturday to win his fifth Dubai Championships title in the United Arab Emirates. The win was Federer's fifth title in seven tournaments and his 72d overall. The 16-time Grand Slam champion improved to 7-8 against Murray. GOLF: Rory McIlroy made two par saves on a windy back nine and finished with a birdie from the bunker for a 4-under 66, giving him a 2-shot lead over Harris English and Tom Gillis in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Tiger Woods shot 69 and was nine shots behind.
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March 9, 2012
Queens Park Rangers at Bolton Wanderers 7:45 a.m. Saturday  (ESPN2) In a battle of teams fighting to avoid relegation in the English Premier League. watch for Bolton defender Tim Ream, a U.S. national team prospect signed from the New York Red Bulls on a $3 million January transfer. New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas 3 p.m. Sunday  (NBC Sports Network) The debut of MLS's new TV partner features a star-laden rematch from last year's playoffs.
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November 5, 2012
Skier Lindsey Vonn , 28, the four-time overall women's World Cup champion, had her request to compete in a men's World Cup downhill race on Nov. 24 in Canada rejected by the International Ski Federation on Saturday. The 17-member federation council met in Oberhofen, Switzerland, and without a vote "confirmed that one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other," by general agreement, adding in a statement that "exceptions will not be made" to the rules. In figure skating, Mao Asada of Japan rallied to win the Cup of China in Shanghai.
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January 15, 2013
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout , the reigning AL rookie of the year and MVP runner-up, will skip the World Baseball Classic to focus on spring training, his agent told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. Last spring, the Millville native battled an illness that caused him to lose 20 pounds and he had to start the season in triple A. Albert Pujols of the Angels plans to play for the Dominican Republic at the WBC if his surgically repaired knee is healthy, his agent told MLB.com.
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May 14, 2013 | Associated Press
MANCHESTER, England - Tens of thousands of Manchester United fans lined the streets on Monday to celebrate their team's 20th English league title and catch another glimpse of manager Alex Ferguson before he retires. Jubilant United players were spending a second day with the Premier League trophy after lifting it Sunday following the 2-1 win over Swansea - Ferguson's final game at Old Trafford after nearly 27 years in charge. A custom-designed, open-top bus bearing a "Champions 2013" logo set off from the stadium under overcast skies and wound its way through the packed streets in a parade that will last more than an hour before arriving at Albert Square in the center of the city.
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June 12, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
It took until the second half for Mexico to break free from Iran at the World Cup in Nuremberg, Germany yesterday. And when the Mexicans did, they used a flurry of offense. Omar Bravo scored his second goal of the match in the 76th minute and Brazilian-born striker Antonio Naelson, known as Zinha, headed in a clincher in the 79th for a 3-1, Group D victory. It was only the second win in a World Cup game in Europe for Mexico. Iran and Mexico struggled through a chaotic first half played at a frantic pace.
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May 14, 2013 | Associated Press
MANCHESTER, England - Tens of thousands of Manchester United fans lined the streets on Monday to celebrate their team's 20th English league title and catch another glimpse of manager Alex Ferguson before he retires. Jubilant United players were spending a second day with the Premier League trophy after lifting it Sunday following the 2-1 win over Swansea - Ferguson's final game at Old Trafford after nearly 27 years in charge. A custom-designed, open-top bus bearing a "Champions 2013" logo set off from the stadium under overcast skies and wound its way through the packed streets in a parade that will last more than an hour before arriving at Albert Square in the center of the city.
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May 3, 2013
The Week in Soccer   Arsenal at Queens Park Rangers   12:30 p.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel) The Gunners need a win to hold on to a spot in next year's Champions League. London rivals QPR are already relegated.   Willem II Tilburg at Ajax Amsterdam 6:30 a.m. Sunday (ESPN3.com) Ajax can clinch the Dutch championship with a win. But, though Willem II is in last place, the Tricolores defense is tough on the road, while their offense, lead by Luxembourg's Aurelien Joachim, is ranked second in the league in away games.
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January 15, 2013
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout , the reigning AL rookie of the year and MVP runner-up, will skip the World Baseball Classic to focus on spring training, his agent told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. Last spring, the Millville native battled an illness that caused him to lose 20 pounds and he had to start the season in triple A. Albert Pujols of the Angels plans to play for the Dominican Republic at the WBC if his surgically repaired knee is healthy, his agent told MLB.com.
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November 5, 2012
Skier Lindsey Vonn , 28, the four-time overall women's World Cup champion, had her request to compete in a men's World Cup downhill race on Nov. 24 in Canada rejected by the International Ski Federation on Saturday. The 17-member federation council met in Oberhofen, Switzerland, and without a vote "confirmed that one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other," by general agreement, adding in a statement that "exceptions will not be made" to the rules. In figure skating, Mao Asada of Japan rallied to win the Cup of China in Shanghai.
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September 3, 2012
A month after his groundbreaking Olympic debut, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius was reeling from a stunning upset Sunday in the London Paralympics. Pistorius had never been beaten over 200 meters until Brazilian sprinter Alan Oliveira finished in 21.45 seconds to beat the Paralympics icon by 0.07 seconds. Pistorius, who won a legal battle to wear carbon-fiber blades in competing with able-bodied rivals, later suggested that Oliveira ran with longer prosthetics than should be allowed. "He's never run a 21-second race, and I don't think he's a 21-second athlete," Pistorius said.
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August 20, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Liverpool was the big casualty on the Premier League's opening day, losing by 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, while Arsenal began life without Robin van Persie with a frustrating, 0-0 draw against Sunderland. Goals weren't a problem for Fulham and Swansea, with both teams enjoying 5-0 routs, while former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas made a miserable return to English football as Tottenham lost, 2-1, at Newcastle. But there were happier returns to the Premier League for West Ham and Reading, with both teams avoiding defeat in their first matches since gaining promotion.
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August 16, 2012
The Grand Slam count for Rafael Nadal will remain at 11 for now, sidetracked by another knee problem. The third-ranked Spaniard withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Tendinitis has kept him out of action since late June. The 26-year-old's Grand Slam titles include a record seven on the red clay of the French Open - including this year's tournament - yet his hard-charging, hard-hitting style of play takes a toll on his body. After his win at Roland Garros, he was upset by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon on June 28. He hasn't played since.
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April 29, 2012
Major League Soccer's leading scorer, Thierry Henry, netted his ninth goal in the seventh minute, then went down with what appeared to be a serious hamstring injury in the 23d minute on Saturday. But the New York Red Bulls' defense made the 1-0 score stand up for a win over the New England Revolution in Harrison, N.J. Robin van Persie scored his 28th league goal to earn third-place Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Stoke City in the English Premier League. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard tipped a shot from fellow American Clint Dempsey over the bar to preserve a 4-0 shutout of visiting Fulham.
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March 9, 2012
Queens Park Rangers at Bolton Wanderers 7:45 a.m. Saturday  (ESPN2) In a battle of teams fighting to avoid relegation in the English Premier League. watch for Bolton defender Tim Ream, a U.S. national team prospect signed from the New York Red Bulls on a $3 million January transfer. New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas 3 p.m. Sunday  (NBC Sports Network) The debut of MLS's new TV partner features a star-laden rematch from last year's playoffs.
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