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Tennis star Andy Murray backs Scottish independence

LONDON - British tennis star Andy Murray came out in support of Scottish independence on Thursday, just hours before millions of his fellow Scots voted in a referendum on whether to end the 307-year union with England.

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France centre back Varane extends Real contract to 2020

MADRID - Real Madrid's France centre back Raphael Varane has agreed to extend his contract by three years until June 2020, the European champions said on Thursday.

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Ricciardo targets podium ahead of improving Vettel

SINGAPORE - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo believes he can get back on the Formula One podium in Singapore on Sunday after his winning streak ended in Italy two weeks ago.

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Benitez tells anxious Napoli to keep their cool

MILAN - Napoli's problems are mainly in the mind and should sort themselves out if their players can keep their cool, according to coach Rafael Benitez. The Spaniard is already under pressure after his side lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Champions League playoff, a defeat which cost the club around 35 million euros (27.62 million pounds) in probable revenue from the group stage, and then lost 1-0 at home to Chievo last Sunday in Serie A.

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Germans draw first blood in rivalry with English foes

BERLIN - German teams scored a point -- or more accurately, seven -- in their rivalry with English clubs this week, coming out on top in two of their three Champions League duels, with the third resulting in a share of the spoils.

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Ludogorets keeper Cvorovic out for three months after surgery

SOFIA - Ludogorets goalkeeper Ivan Cvorovic will be out for an estimated three months after undergoing shoulder surgery, the Bulgarian champions said on Thursday.

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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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Williams wins 18th grand slam title

World number one Serena Williams swept past Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3 6-3 in the U.S. Open final.

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