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Exasperated Rodgers plays down Balotelli incident

LONDON - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looked exasperated when he asked "Is this the Mario Balotelli press conference?" as he was quizzed on Thursday about the latest headline-grabbing incident involving the Italian.

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Late gamble pays off this time for lucky Arsenal

LONDON - Arsene Wenger may have rolled the dice to beat Anderlecht in the Champions League on Wednesday but the Arsenal manager is aware that his side cannot always bluff their way to victory.

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Analysis - Premier League defences aren't what they used to be

LONDON - In its own way, it was a thing of beauty. Santiago Vergini, under no pressure as the ball arced slowly towards the edge of his penalty area, swooped towards it, ready for the simple task of hoofing it to distant safety.

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IOC has no concerns over Kosovo recognition

BERLIN - The International Olympic Committee's provisional recognition of Kosovo will not have political consequences despite Serbia lodging an official protest, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Thursday.

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Rowntree purring as England's pack settles down

LONDON - As England scramble to deal with a front-row injury crisis ahead of the November internationals, forwards coach Graham Rowntree is revelling in the settled nature and strength-in-depth of the rest of the pack

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Best of the Asian Games

Highlights from the 17th Asian Games.

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Cilic wins U.S. Open

Croatia's Marin Cilic swept past Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to win the U.S. Open.

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