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Rooney named England captain and fulfils 'dream'

LONDON - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named the new captain of England on Thursday.

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Bayern set to sign Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid

BERLIN - German champions Bayern Munich are close to signing former World and European champion Xabi Alonso from Champions League winners Real Madrid, they said on Thursday.

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IRB ushers in new era with name change to World Rugby

DUBLIN - The International Rugby Board (IRB) will undergo a second name change in 16 years when it becomes formally known as World Rugby in November as part of a rebranding programme, the sport's governing body said on Thursday.

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Winning Wawrinka bristles as Peng causes upset

NEW YORK - Second round action at the U.S. Open began with a shock and ended with some late-night drama as men's third seed Stan Wawrinka barked at fans before shouting for joy at his 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (1) win over Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday.

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Dortmund desperate to recover from early setback

BERLIN - When Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz was ordered off during training after scuffling with team mate Jonas Hofmann this week, it was clear last season's runners-up had some serious issues with the new campaign barely under way.

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Bilbao oust shambolic Napoli, Arsenal qualify again

BERNE - Athletic Bilbao took advantage of shambolic defending to beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday and reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in 16 years, leaving the Italians counting the cost of their premature exit.

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Best of Youth Olympics

Highlights from the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

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Young Olympians

Teenaged athletes compete in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China.

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