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Balotelli given Rodgers backing after another goalless afternoon

LONDON - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised Mario Balotelli for "working hard and doing his best" as the misfiring Italian striker had to suffer another fruitless afternoon in front of goal at Anfield on Saturday.

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Steely Southampton grind out 'nicer' win

SOUTHAMPTON, England, - Not every week will there be an eight-goal fiesta for Southampton on the south coast. Some days there will be ugly 1-0 affairs, ground out on a physical battleground.

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Milanic fired after 32 days as Leeds boss

LONDON - Leeds United's trigger-happy owner Massimo Cellino fired his second manager of the season on Saturday when Slovenian Darko Milanic parted company with the English Championship club after just 32 days at Elland Road.

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Murray ousts fighting Ferrer to boost London bid

VALENCIA Spain - Andy Murray took another step towards securing a berth at next month's World Tour finals when he fought off a typically dogged David Ferrer to win 6-4 7-5 and move into the final of the Valencia Open on Saturday.

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Coric loses out while Federer reaches another Basel final

BASEL - Seventeen-year-old Borna Coric's Swiss Indoors run ended when he lost to David Goffin in the semi-finals on Saturday while Roger Federer beat Ivo Karlovic to reach the tournament final for the 11th time.

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Valencia celebrate imminent Lim takeover with victory

VALENCIA Spain - Valencia celebrated their imminent takeover by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim and underlined their fine early-season form with a rousing 3-1 victory at home to Elche in La Liga on Saturday.

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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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