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England boss Hodgson wrong to criticise Shaw, says Van Gaal

LONDON - England manager Roy Hodgson was wrong to criticise Luke Shaw's fitness and the defender is an "example" in the changing room, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said on Friday.

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

LAKE SELIGER Russia - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he hoped Russia would not lose the right to host the 2018 football World Cup following Western calls to stop the country staging the tournament.

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De Marchi wins stage seven as Valverde stays ahead

BARCELONA, - Italian Alessandro De Marchi broke clear with 12-km to go to win stage seven of the Tour of Spain on Friday while home rider Alejandro Valverde kept the overall lead.

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Rosberg apologises, disciplined for crash

LONDON - Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has apologised for colliding with team mate Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix and been disciplined, his Mercedes team said on Friday.

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Wenger watching market but says spending not crucial

LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keeping a close eye on the transfer market but says finding a replacement for injured striker Olivier Giroud is not crucial to his team's hopes of mounting a Premier League title challenge.

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Refreshed Murray beats Bachinger in straight sets

NEW YORK - Eighth seed Andy Murray, who overcame cramping in his first-round victory, roared past unseeded German Matthias Bachinger in straight sets on Thursday to reach the third round of the U.S. Open.

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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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