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Sri Lanka drop Chandimal and Mendis for Pakistan series

COLOMBO - Wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal and spinner Ajantha Mendis were left out of the Sri Lanka squad of 15 named for the two-test series against Pakistan starting at Galle next week.

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Lukaku lost focus as was not first choice - Mourinho

LONDON - Jose Mourinho says striker Romelu Lukaku is a "good kid" but was not motivated enough to fight for a starting spot at Chelsea.

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Rodgers 'pleased' with Liverpool's comeback win over City

- Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side's positive response to tactical changes after they twice rallied against Manchester City to edge out the Premier League champions in a New York friendly on Wednesday.

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Frenchman Renard named coach of Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, July 31 – Frenchman Herve Renard, who led Zambia to the African Nations Cup title in 2012, was on Thursday named as Ivory Coast coach.

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Former Palestinian midfielder killed when bomb hits his Gaza home

GAZA - Ahed Zaqout, a former Palestinian national team player, has been killed by an Israeli bomb that hit his apartment in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said on Thursday.

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Soccer World Cup lifts German beer sales

BERLIN - Beer sales rose in Germany, Europe's biggest producer, in the first half of the year thanks to a big jump in demand during the soccer World Cup in June, the Statistics Office said on Thursday.

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Dida penalty save not enough for Inter

- Former Brazil and AC Milan goalkeeper Dida's first-half penalty save was not enough to stop Internacional slumping to a 2-1 home defeat against second division Ceara in the Copa Brasil.

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Playtime over as jet-set Carter gets back to work

SYDNEY - Six months travelling the globe on an A-listers sabbatical have come to an end and on Saturday, Dan Carter will be back doing what he loves best, playing rugby for silverware with the Canterbury Crusaders.

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Algeria's Mbolhi leaves Bulgaria for MLS

SOFIA - Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi has joined Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union from CSKA Sofia on a three-year contract, the 31-times Bulgarian champions said on Thursday.

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Best of Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali wins the Tour de France.

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McIlroy wins British Open

Rory McIlroy wins the British Open.

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