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Real are not a defensive team, Benitez insists

MADRID - Real Madrid's new coach Rafa Benitez has dismissed suggestions he has imposed a defensive playing style on the team after they were held to a goalless draw in their opening La Liga match at promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend.

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Liverpool's Can earns Germany call-up for Euro qualifiers

BERLIN - Liverpool's defensive midfielder Emre Can was called up for Germany's upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Scotland next month, with coach Joachim Loew on Friday praising his development at the Premier League club.

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No more recruits for PSG, door ajar for Lavezzi

PARIS - Paris St Germain will not sign any more players before the end of the transfer window while keeping the door ajar for Ezequiel Lavezzi to leave, club president Nasser al-Khelaifi said on Friday.

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Mixed reaction to Burgess inclusion in England squad

LONDON - British rugby union pundits are divided over the inclusion in England's World Cup squad of Bath centre Sam Burgess, who has played only one international since switching from rugby league less than a year ago.

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Watford going to Man City to get positive result, says Flores

- Watford manager Quique Flores is aware of the enormity of the task at hand when his promoted side visit the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City on Saturday but he is confident the Hornets can get a positive result.

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Stones will be ready for Spurs clash, says manager Martinez

- Everton defender John Stones, who has been the subject of intense speculation of a summer move to champions Chelsea, is ready to play in Saturday's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur, manager Roberto Martinez said on Friday.

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