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Rodgers 'pleased' with Liverpool's comeback win over City

- Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side's positive response to tactical changes after they twice rallied against Manchester City to edge out the Premier League champions in a New York friendly on Wednesday.

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Algeria's Mbolhi leaves Bulgaria for MLS

SOFIA - Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi has joined Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union from CSKA Sofia on a three-year contract, the 31-times Bulgarian champions said on Thursday.

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Playtime over as jet-set Carter gets back to work

SYDNEY - Six months travelling the globe on an A-listers sabbatical have come to an end and on Saturday, Dan Carter will be back doing what he loves best, playing rugby for silverware with the Canterbury Crusaders.

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South Korea short-lists three foreign coaches

SEOUL - South Korea have narrowed the search for a new national team football coach to three foreign candidates, the head of the Korea Football Association's technical committee said on Thursday.

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Cho named as new head of Pyeongchang 2018 organisers

SEOUL - South Korean businessman Cho Yang-ho, who led Pyeongchang's successful bid for the Winter Olympics, has been named as the new president of the organising committee for the 2018 Games.

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Shoulder surgery set to sideline All Blacks prop Woodcock

WELLINGTON - All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock is looking increasingly likely to need surgery on his shoulder that will end his season, coach Steve Hansen said on Thursday.

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Premier League to use vanishing spray from this season

LONDON - England's Premier League referees will use vanishing spray at free kicks from this season after officials saw the benefits during the World Cup finals in Brazil, chief executive Richard Scudamore said on Wednesday.

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I need a hug, says Scolari on Gremio return

SAO PAULO - Luiz Felipe Scolari said he needed a hug and some affection as the former Brazil coach returned on Wednesday to his favourite club Gremio after an 18-year absence. Scolari has endured three miserable weeks after his Brazil side crashed to an unprecedented 7-1 defeat by Germany in front of a home crowd in Belo Horizonte in their World Cup semi-final.

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Argentine FA chief, FIFA executive Grondona dies

BUENOS AIRES - Argentine Football Association president Julio Humberto Grondona died in hospital on Wednesday at the age of 82, South American football's governing body CONMEBOL said.

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Best of Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali wins the Tour de France.

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McIlroy wins British Open

Rory McIlroy wins the British Open.

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