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Pique header gives Barcelona drab 1-0 win over APOEL

BARCELONA - An under-strength Barcelona got their Champions League campaign off to a solid if unspectacular start when Gerard Pique's header gave them a 1-0 win at home to APOEL in their Group F opener on Wednesday.

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Dunga calls up two new fullbacks for Argentina game

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil coach Dunga's post-World Cup rebuilding plans gathered pace on Wednesday as he called up uncapped duo Dodo and Mario Fernandes for friendlies with Argentina and Japan and again omitted Marcelo and Dani Alves.

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Europe will embrace favourites tag, says captain McGinley

LONDON - Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says his proud team will embrace being the favourites when the 40th edition gets underway at Gleneagles next week after overturning years of United States dominance.

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Soccer-Hat-trick for Brahimi as Porto stroll to victory

- Algerian international Yacine Brahimi scored three times as former European champions Porto crushed BATE Borisov 6-0 in their opening Champions League Group H match on Wednesday.

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Rule changes mean English clubs can lure overseas stars

LONDON - English rugby union clubs will be able to attract more overseas players after the top-flight Aviva Premiership announced that teams can sign an extra player that is excluded from their salary cap from next season.

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English union apologises for using Victoria Cross on kit

LONDON - The Rugby Football Union has apologised for causing offence with its decision to use the Victoria Cross as part of England's new kit.

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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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