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Rooney named England captain and fulfils 'dream'

LONDON - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named the new captain of England on Thursday.

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Bayern set to sign Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid

BERLIN - German champions Bayern Munich are close to signing former World and European champion Xabi Alonso from Champions League winners Real Madrid, they said on Thursday.

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Give Lloyd free rein, Greenidge urges West Indies

LONDON - The West Indies hierarchy must give new chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd a free rein to make the changes that will inspire a turnaround in fortunes for the national team, according to batting great Gordon Greenidge.

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Keeper Almunia forced to retire with heart problem

- Former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has been forced to retire after discovering he has a heart condition that can cause sudden death.

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IRB ushers in new era with name change to World Rugby

DUBLIN - The International Rugby Board (IRB) will undergo a second name change in 16 years when it becomes formally known as World Rugby in November as part of a rebranding programme, the sport's governing body said on Thursday.

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Winning Wawrinka bristles as Peng causes upset

NEW YORK - Second round action at the U.S. Open began with a shock and ended with some late-night drama as men's third seed Stan Wawrinka barked at fans before shouting for joy at his 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (1) win over Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday.

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Best of Youth Olympics

Highlights from the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

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Young Olympians

Teenaged athletes compete in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China.

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