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Belgium rises to fourth in world rankings but Spain drops to 10th

Belgium has moved into the top four of the FIFA monthly rankings for the first time and former World Cup winner Spain has dropped to 10th following a loss to Slovakia in a European Championship qualifier. The top three positions remain the same on Thursday. Despite a tough start to its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, World Cup winner Germany is first ahead of runner-up Argentina,...
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Everton supporters injured during disturbance at Lille bar

Everton fans were left with injuries after being attacked by a group of men in Lille on Wednesday night. A considerable number of Toffees supporters are in the French city ahead of their club's Europa League Group H encounter with Lille at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Thursday. A statement issued on Everton's official website on Thursday morning said: "The club has been...
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WADA meets Kenya officials over doping report

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency has met with Kenyan officials over a government-commissioned report into alleged doping and its conclusion that the East African country has no effective program to fight drug cheating. WADA says it will oversee the establishment of a national anti-doping body in Kenya, which regularly produces champion distance runners....
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UEFA taking action against BATE over fans' racism

NYON, Switzerland (AP) UEFA has opened a racism case against Belarusian club BATE Borisov after Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano reported being racially abused in their Champions League match on Tuesday. After scoring five goals in Shakhtar's 7-0 win, the Brazilian player said ''there were unpleasant shouts, racist ones.'' UEFA announced it has opened disciplinary...
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Maestro of clasicos, Messi leads Barca at Madrid

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Accustomed to thriving against his fierce rival, Lionel Messi will again lead Barcelona at Real Madrid as he aims for another scoring record. The big question is whether Luis Suarez will join him or watch from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium bench. Suarez will finish his four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup just in time to...
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Italy defender Abate wants to spend rest of career at AC Milan

Ignazio Abate has signalled he wants to end his career at AC Milan as he approaches the end of his present contract. The Italy defender has yet to sign an extension to his deal that ends next summer but insists he intends to stay at the San Siro. "My priority is Milan," Abate told newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. "I will stay here as long as I can. "This is my...
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Olesen, Wade share lead at Perth International

PERTH, Australia (AP) Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and John Wade of Australia shot course-record 8-under 64s at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club to share the lead after the first round of the Perth International on Thursday. Olesen teed off in an afternoon group and had four birdies on each of the front and back nines to equal the mark that Wade, a 46-year-old assistant pro at the...
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Belgium breaks into top 4 of FIFA rankings

ZURICH (AP) Belgium has moved into the top four of the FIFA rankings for the first time and former World Cup winner Spain has dropped to 10th following a loss to Slovakia in a European Championship qualifier. The top three positions remain the same. Despite a tough start to its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, World Cup winner Germany is first ahead of runner-up Argentina and Colombia...
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Messi aims for record vs. Ronaldo in clasico

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Saturday's game between Real Madrid and Barcelona will last 90 minutes like any other, but this clash between the Spanish giants promises to be a classic among clasicos and provide the stuff of memories. Barcelona and Madrid almost always offer scintillating contests, and this one is set up to offer so much more. Not only can Lionel Messi equal or surpass...
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Southampton want Kuyt to make return to Premier League

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told Lukas Podolski he is not leaving the club in January after the German striker scored the winner against Anderlecht last night. Podolski has been linked with a number...
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High-schooler Anraku 1st in Japan baseball draft

TOKYO (AP) High school pitching star Tomohiro Anraku was chosen first overall in Nippon Professional Baseball's amateur draft on Thursday and was headed to the former team of New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The Yakult Swallows and Rakuten Eagles selected Anraku with the first and second picks respectively, and the Eagles won a lottery for the highly touted 17-year...
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Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students - nearly half of them athletes. At least nine university employees were fired or under disciplinary review, and the question now becomes what, if anything, the NCAA will...
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Gambia avoid suspension by IOC executive board

The IOC says Gambia has avoided suspension after abiding by the terms of an agreement over control of its national Olympic committee offices. Gambia faced possible suspension by the International Olympic Committee executive board this week in a dispute over the national body's headquarters. IOC spokesman Mark Adams tells The Associated Press on Thursday that the board heard a...
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Tony Gonzalez enjoys talking football, too

DENVER (AP) Tony Gonzalez is having as much fun talking football as he did playing it. Now an analyst for CBS Sports, the 14-time Pro Bowl tight end will get an up-close view of Thursday night's showdown between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers featuring the NFL's top two tight ends. Julius Thomas has nine touchdown catches for Denver (5-1) and Antonio Gates has...
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Next Women's World Cup a big chance for US soccer

The chants of ''U-S-A! U-S-A!'' can rev up again next summer. And this time, they won't conflict with the workday. A year after the World Cup transformed millions of Americans into red-white-and-blue-wearing soccer fanatics, another chance to cheer for a national team will arrive. The Women's World Cup kicks off in Canada in June - and if the favored U.S....
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NBA: Dante Cunningham struggles to clear name

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) It was after 4 a.m. when Dante Cunningham pulled his truck back into the driveway of his suburban Minneapolis home and saw the police waiting for him. Officers put the handcuffs on the Minnesota Timberwolves' reserve as soon as his feet hit the pavement. The reality of his situation and the domestic assault charges that were on their way didn't really sink...
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The Write Way: KC coach's lineup cards are artful

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Take a look around the Kansas City Royals' dugout and it's pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. The fancy handwriting, that is. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art - the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Using a calligraphy...
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Royals take first battle of bullpens from Giants

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The first showdown of brilliant bullpens went to the Kansas City Royals. After Kansas City took the lead with a five-run sixth inning, the trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and All-Star closer Greg Holland shut down the hot-hitting San Francisco Giants. Kansas City cruised from there to a 7-2 victory Wednesday night, evening the World Series at a game apiece...
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Patience with Balotelli wearing thin at Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) A halftime swap of shirts with a Real Madrid player provided the first flashpoint in Mario Balotelli's career at Liverpool. In truth, it should be the least of the team's worries. What should be of more concern are ineffective displays by the Italy striker that are causing restlessness among fans and increasing dismay among teammates. Spoilt by a...
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Suns rookie Warren sidelined by thumb injury

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns rookie forward T.J. Warren has a small crack in a bone in his left thumb. The team said Wednesday night that Warren will be treated with a splint and rest and that there is no timetable for his return. The former North Carolina State player, drafted 14th overall, averaged 5.0 points and 12.2 minutes in five preseason games.
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Local Todd Sinnott has Asia-Pacific Amateur lead

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Local golfer Todd Sinnott shot a five-under 67 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over 2012 champion Guan Tianlang of China after the first round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne. The 20-year-old Sinnott plays on the pennants team for Metropolitan, another sand-belt course nearby. Two strokes behind Sinnott and tied for third...
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Wednesday's Sports Briefs

FOOTBALL NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, the neutral arbiter selected to hear the appeal, informed the parties of her decision. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details haven't...
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WTA Finals: Wozniacki beats Radwanska to advance

  Caroline Wozniacki moved closer to a place in the semifinals at the WTA Finals by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday. Wosniacki, with two wins from two matches in Singapore, will be assured of a semifinal berth if Maria Sharapova beats Petra Kvitova in the later White Group match. The match began with four breaks of serve in the opening five games, and Wozniacki...
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Bigger than (amateur) baseball? NCAA says Mo'ne Davis can get paid

In case you thought Mo'ne Davis' impact on sports would end when the world forgot about the Little League World Series, guess again. Now she's saving amateur sports in the United States. OK, that may be a bit of an overstatement, but truth be told, the 13-year-old just did something that many before have tried and failed, and even now, despite a federal judge's recent...
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Wozniacki beats Radwanska at WTA Finals

SINGAPORE (AP) Caroline Wozniacki moved closer to a place in the semifinals at the WTA Finals by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday. Wosniacki, with two wins from two matches in Singapore, will be assured of a semifinal berth if Maria Sharapova beats Petra Kvitova in the later White Group match. The match began with four breaks of serve in the opening five games, and...
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