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Johnson strikes late to earn Sunderland derby win

LONDON - Adam Johnson's late winner earned Sunderland a 1-0 victory over his boyhood team Newcastle United in a riveting Premier League Tyne-Wear derby at St James Park on Sunday.

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Gabbiadini header rescues a point for Sampdoria

ROME - Manolo Gabbiadini, who is expected to leave Sampdoria next month, grabbed the equaliser in a 2-2 home draw with Udinese on Sunday that lifted his team up to fourth in Serie A.

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Afridi to retire from ODIs after World Cup

KARACHI - Pakistan’s experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from one-day internationals after next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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Ajax leave it late to polish off struggling Excelsior

AMSTERDAM, Dec 21 - - Ajax Amsterdam, still smarting from a shock 4-0 Dutch Cup thrashing by Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday, left it late before finally easing past struggling Excelsior 2-0 in the league on Sunday.

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Analysis - Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

MARRAKECH, Morocco - Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.

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Independent panels lack consistency, says Mourinho

LONDON - Allowing independent panels to punish players retrospectively for diving and other infringements would be a "disaster", according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

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