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Hiddink steps down as Netherlands coach

AMSTERDAM, - Guus Hiddink has quit as coach of the Netherlands after spending less than one year in his second spell in the job, the Football Association (KNVB) announced on Monday.

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Retentive Japan not underestimating England 29 Jun 2015

EDMONTON - England may be being written off by some as rank outsiders for their Women's World Cup semi-final against defending champions Japan, but their opponents certainly aren't under-estimating them.

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Chilean Jara gets ban reduced to two games 29 Jun 2015

SANTIAGO - Chile defender Gonzalo Jara's ban for provoking Edinson Cavani has been cut from three games to two, the governing body of South American football said on Monday.

UEFA softening break-even rule to attract investors 29 Jun 2015

PRAGUE - UEFA has softened its break-even 'Financial Fair Play (FFP)' regulations in an attempt to encourage investment in European club football and move from "austerity to sustainable growth".

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Jones extends Man United contract 29 Jun 2015

LONDON - Defender Phil Jones has signed a contract extension with Manchester United to keep him at Old Trafford until at least 2019, the Premier League club said on Monday.

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Chelsea keeper Cech joins London rivals Arsenal 29 Jun 2015

LONDON - Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech ended a highly successful 11-year spell at English champions Chelsea when he moved to Premier League rivals Arsenal on Monday.

Cech thanks Chelsea owner for allowing Arsenal move 29 Jun 2015

LONDON - Petr Cech thanked Roman Abramovich from "the bottom of my heart" after the Chelsea owner allowed the club's long-serving goalkeeper to move across London and join arch-rivals Arsenal on Monday.

Dutch government seeks to prevent police protest during Tour 29 Jun 2015

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch government on Monday sought a court injunction to prevent police officers from blocking the route of the Tour de France to draw attention to a wage dispute.

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