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Newcastle lead the Premier League jet-setters

LONDON - By the time Newcastle United kick off their Premier League campaign at home to champions Manchester City in little less than a month's time the squad would have clocked up an astonishing 24,687 pre-season air miles.

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Zidane makes mystery man Markkanen his first Madrid signing

STOCKHOLM - Famed for his grace and elegance as a player, Zinedine Zidane apparently has other priorities as a coach, as on Wednesday he made brawny, bustling Finnish striker Eero Markkanen his first signing for Real Madrid's B team.

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Luxemburgo returns to coach Flamengo for fourth time

SAO PAULO - Former Real Madrid and Brazil coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo has been appointed manager of Flamengo for a fourth time, the Rio de Janeiro club said on Wednesday.

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Majka closes in on polka dot jersey as Nibali gains more ground

ST LARY PLA D'ADET France - Poland's Rafal Majka took a big step towards winning the Tour de France polka dot jersey when he took a solo route to the stage victory on Wednesday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali strengthened his grip on the overall race.

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Germany coach Loew to lead team to Euro 2016

BERLIN - Germany World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54-year-old said on Wednesday.

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Hamilton looking for a high five in Hungary

BUDAPEST - Lewis Hamilton may not be putting the Buddha into Budapest this weekend but he could be tempted to seek divine assistance if luck goes against him in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

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German lawmakers raise doubts about Russia hosting football World Cup

BERLIN - Several senior German lawmakers have raised the possibility of stripping Russia of its right to host the 2018 World Cup and the national football federation said it was very worried about events following the downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

Croatia's Rijeka strongly deny Man City racism claims

ZAGREB - HNK Rijeka issued a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday denying any racism during Tuesday's abandoned friendly match between Manchester City's elite Under-21 development squad and Rijeka's youth side.

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Mourning Dutch postpone discussion on Russia World Cup

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch football association (KNVB) wants to postpone discussion over participation in the next World Cup in Russia as an angry country on Wednesday mourned victims of the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists on a flight from Amsterdam last week.

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McIlroy wins British Open

Rory McIlroy wins the British Open.

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Tour de France underway

Cyclists chase the yellow jersey in the race across France.

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