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Rugby-England beat Ireland 21-13 in final warm up

LONDON - England completed their preparations with a 21-13 victory over Ireland on Saturday, putting them in great heart for their World Cup opener against Fiji back at Twickenham in 13 days but leaving the Irish to deal with a second successive defeat.

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Nadal falls in marathon U.S. Open match to Fognini

NEW YORK - Rafa Nadal ended a sub-par grand slam season on a heartbreaking note when he fell 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 in the third round of the U.S. Open to an inspired Fabio Fognini after winning the first two sets on Friday.

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Group leaders Germany confident of unhinging Scotland

FRANKFURT - World Cup winners Germany were brimming with confidence ahead of Monday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow that could see them book their ticket for next year's tournament, after also beating rivals Poland 3-1 on Friday to take control of Group D.

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Iceland's imminent qualification has been on the cards - coach

AMSTERDAM - Iceland’s ascent to the brink of qualifying for their first major tournament has been increasingly on the cards, co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said as an expectant country anticipates achieving that goal on Sunday.

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Messi and Aguero strike braces as Argentina thump Bolivia

- Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero struck two goals apiece in Argentina's 7-0 romp against an out-of-sorts Bolivia while Mexico were held 3-3 by Trinidad & Tobago in friendlies in the United States on Friday.

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Hamilton stunned by how far McLaren have fallen

MONZA, Italy - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, who won his first title with McLaren in 2008, says he is shocked at how far the sport's second most successful team have fallen since he left for Mercedes.

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