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England boss Hodgson wrong to criticise Shaw, says Van Gaal

LONDON - England manager Roy Hodgson was wrong to criticise Luke Shaw's fitness and the defender is an "example" in the changing room, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said on Friday.

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Man City exit looms for Richards and Sinclair

- The Manchester City careers of Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti appear to be over after manager Manuel Pellegrini said the trio were not part of the squad for this season.

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Tottenham agree to sign French midfielder Stambouli

LONDON - Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal to sign former France Under-21 midfielder Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier, the French club said on Friday.

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Ryder Cup hopeful Bradley sets early pace at TPC Boston

NORTON Massachusetts - Keegan Bradley gave his Ryder Cup prospects a timely boost as he charged into an early one-shot lead with a birdie-birdie finish to his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday.

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South American chief defends World Cup spots

ASUNCION - South America must keep its strong World Cup presence for the 2018 finals because it is a competitive region with the hardest qualifying programme, CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout said on Friday.

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De Marchi wins stage seven as Valverde stays ahead

BARCELONA - Italian Alessandro De Marchi broke clear with 12-km to go to win stage seven of the Tour of Spain on Friday while home rider Alejandro Valverde kept the overall lead.

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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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