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Rooney named new England captain following Gerrard retirement

Roy Hodgson has named Wayne Rooney as the new England captain. The 28-year-old Manchester United skipper got the nod ahead of the likes of Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Manchester City's Joe Hart to become the successor to Steven Gerrard, who retired from international football after the World Cup. Rooney, who has worn the England armband on two previous occasions, will lead...
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Nicklaus' Ice Bucket Challenge turns into free-for-all

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Ethiopia to bid for 2017 African Cup

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) The president of the national football federation says Ethiopia will bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations after Libya pulled out citing security concerns. Ethiopia football federation President Junedin Basha says there is government backing for the bid. He says ''we are both willing and able to host the games.'' Ethiopia is a founding...
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Brady reportedly 'very upset' with Patriots trading Mankins

The Patriots trading Logan Mankins reportedly didn't sit well with Tom Brady. New England's star quarterback was "very upset" when he heard that the Patriots dealt the standout offensive lineman to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Bleacher Report. The Patriots received tight end Tim Wright and an undisclosed draft pick for the six-time Pro Bowl. The Patriots...
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Let's hope whoever is buying LT's house loves golf

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McIlroy chews the fat at lunch with ... Bill Clinton?

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Hodgson springs a few surprises in England squad for double header

Roy Hodgson has named four uncapped players in his squad for the upcoming games against Norway and Switzerland. Jack Colback, Calum Chambers, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph are included in a new-look 22-man party. Tottenham winger Andros Townsend returns to the squad after missing the World Cup through injury and there is also a place for Everton's 20-year-old defender John Stones...
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Wayne Rooney to captain England team

LONDON (AP) Wayne Rooney has been named England captain, taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup. England coach Roy Hodgson confirmed the Manchester United player's appointment - from a small pool of potential captains - while naming the squad for England's first European Championship qualifier against...
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Platini will not stand against Blatter in fight for FIFA presidency

UEFA president Michel Platini will not run against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. The 59-year-old confirmed to UEFA delegates in Monaco that he had decided against standing for the FIFA post as he wants to continue his work as head of European football's ruling body. Platini told a news conference he felt passionately that he should stay with UEFA. "This is the...
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Bayern visits slumping Schalke in Bundesliga

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Despite predicting that his injury-hit team would struggle in the first half of the season, Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich got off to a winning start in its bid to win a third consecutive Bundesliga title. But even in its 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg, Bayern's current deficiencies became obvious, hence the latest moves on the transfer marker. One day...
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Conte departure from Juventus could alter Serie A

ROME (AP) The Italian league opens this weekend with a full slate of matches, a couple key coaching changes and some notable absences. Three-time defending champion Juventus kicks things off at Chievo Verona on Saturday, followed by an enticing matchup of runner-up Roma hosting Fiorentina, which is coming off a fourth-place finish. The eight other matches are scheduled for Sunday...
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French league blocks Luzenac's bid to play

PARIS (AP) The French football league has maintained its decision to block newly-promoted Luzenac from playing in the second division this season because its stadium falls short of safety requirements. Luzenac won promotion from the third-tier National league. But the LFP ruled this month that the 20,000-seat Ernest Wallon Stadium that Luzenac planned to upgrade for use this season...
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Some things to know about the Spanish league

MADRID (AP) After an opening draw, Atletico Madrid again will be searching for its first win of the season without coach Diego Simeone on the sidelines. Atletico hosts Eibar in the Spainsh league on Saturday. The other two title contenders, Real Madrid and Barcelona, are both on the road. Barcelona visits Villarreal and Madrid travels to Real Sociedad. Here are some things to know...
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Japanese lawmaker, martial artists in North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) A Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician has arrived in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman's controversial basketball game earlier this year. Japanese parliamentarian Kanji ''Antonio'' Inoki says he hopes the...
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Bayern Munich agree deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Alonso

Bayern Munich are on the brink of signing Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid, according to the Bundesliga club's financial director Jan-Christian Dreesen. Dreesen said an agreement had been struck "in principle" with the Spanish club, with the 2010 World Cup winner due in Munich later on Thursday for a medical and to discuss terms. The 32-year-old would become the fifth Spanish...
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Bayern set to sign Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid

MUNICH (AP) A Bayern Munich official says the Bundesliga champions are set to sign midfielder Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid. Bayern financial director Jan-Christian Dreesen says Alonso was expected in Munich on Thursday for his medical. Alonso and Bayern have ''in principle'' agreed on a transfer and the two clubs are ''in friendly talks'' about a...
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Cameroon latest team to want venue change

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) Cameroon is the latest team in African Cup qualifying to express fears over Ebola and request a venue change for a game, this time over another outbreak of the deadly virus in Congo. Cameroon's request relates to its Sept. 6 qualifier in Congo, where 13 people have died in a new outbreak which experts say is unrelated to the one in West Africa that has...
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Clemson RB Zac Brooks has surgery for foot injury

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson running back Zac Brooks had surgery on the foot he injured earlier this month. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney had previously said Brooks would miss the season and return next fall as a redshirt junior. Brooks was the team's leading returning rusher and was expected to be a significant part of the 16th-ranked Tigers' offense this season. Swinney also said...
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Mario Balotelli warned by Italy coach Conte

MILAN (AP) Mario Balotelli has some work to do to earn the respect of Italy coach Antonio Conte. Conte tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he's not sure Balotelli's decision to move back to England is positive or not, ''but I do know that whoever joins the national team must then deserve to stay there.'' Balotelli, Italy's most talented and most temperamental...
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FANTASY FEVER: Back to draft board - who's first?

The tail end of the NFL preseason signals something much more festive for tens of millions of fantasy football players around the world: the nearing of draft day. It's the main event - why you pore over niche websites, check trusted experts on Twitter and dissect projections on spreadsheets - everything goes toward proving you're the best at picking which players will have...
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Michel Platini won't run against Sepp Blatter

MONACO (AP) Michel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. Iceland football association president Geir Thorsteinsson says Platini told officials at a closed-door UEFA meeting Thursday that he will not be a candidate in FIFA's election in May. Thorsteinsson says ''we went for peace. I think it is the logical decision.'' Platini was expected...
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Michel Platini won't run against Sepp Blatter

MONACO (AP) Michel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. Iceland football association president Geir Thorsteinsson says Platini told officials at a closed-door UEFA meeting Thursday that he will not be a candidate in FIFA's election in May. Thorsteinsson says ''we went for peace. I think it is the logical decision.'' Platini was expected...
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USC's Josh Shaw suspended after admitting lies

LOS ANGELES (AP) Josh Shaw has been an exemplary teammate and a valuable leader at Southern California, earning his fellow Trojans' trust and praise after transferring home to help his family two years ago. His teammates and coaches say they had no reason to doubt the cornerback when he explained his two sprained ankles with an elaborate story about saving his nephew from drowning...
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Big 12 Conference opens with neutral 1-2 matchups

Things to watch in the Big 12 Conference during the opening weekend of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma State vs. No. 1 Florida State at Arlington, Texas; and West Virginia vs. No. 2 Alabama at Atlanta. The Big 12 is on deck, facing the nation's top two teams in non-conference play on the same weekend for the first time ever. Plus, these two opponents won four of the last...
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Clemson-Georgia game highlights SEC's first week

A look at things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 1 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 16 Clemson at No. 12 Georgia. One year ago, these two teams provided one of the best opening-weekend matchups in a game Clemson won 38-35. Georgia has the home-field advantage in Saturday's rematch, which again has as much intrigue as just about any first-week game across...
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