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Neymar replaces Messi atop the AP Global Football 10

LONDON (AP) Neymar replaced Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi atop the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday for propelling their side to a 6-0 win over Elche in the Spanish league. Neymar and Messi scored twice, but Neymar won a penalty for his side and assisted on another goal. Messi tied for second in the poll with Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. Barcelona returned to...
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Van Persie in the dark over long-term future at Manchester United

Robin van Persie says he has no idea if he will be offered a new contract at Manchester United. Van Persie has around 18 months to run on the four-year deal he signed on arriving from Arsenal in the summer of 2012. The Holland striker said as far back as March he would like to stay longer, but no deal has been agreed. He said: "It is not up to me. For the moment I am staying here...
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Brazil accuses Uruguay player of racism in South America U20

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) Brazil is accusing a Uruguayan player of racially abusing one of its players at the South America Under-20 Championship. Brazil coach Alexandre Gallo made the accusation after their 0-0 draw late Monday in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Gallo said Uruguay's Facundo Castro repeatedly called Brazil's Marcos Guilherme a ''monkey.'' Gallo said his players...
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2004 Olympic 800m champ Borzakovsky of Russia retires

MOSCOW (AP) Yuri Borzakovsky of Russia, the men's 800-meter champion at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has announced his retirement. His last race will be on Sunday at the Russian Winter meeting in Moscow, which he calls ''the passing of the baton from me to the younger generation,'' in comments reported by the Tass news agency. Borzakovsky was one of the world's top 800 runners for...
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Misfiring Mario Balotelli happy at Liverpool, according to agent

Mario Balotelli is happy at Liverpool, according to the striker's agent Mino Raiola. Liverpool and Balotelli have struggled to adapt to the needs of the other, but the Italy striker is happy at the club according to his agent. Mino Raiola, who also includes Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as clients, believes the Italy international will return "stronger than ever". "Yes, he is...
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Christina Aguilera to perform ahead of NBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK (AP) Ariana Grande isn't the only big-voiced singer performing at the NBA All-Star Game: Christina Aguilera has been added to the lineup. NBA announced Tuesday that Aguilera will perform ahead of the 64th annual game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She will sing a ''New York-themed medley'' during player introductions and be joined by dance troupe...
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Atletico hosts Barcelona in titanic quarterfinal Copa clash

MADRID (AP) Atletico Madrid and Barcelona fittingly have Wednesday in Spanish football all to themselves for the return leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal. All eyes will be on Vicente Calderon Stadium, where visiting Barcelona bring a 1-0 advantage. The other three return legs are on Thursday, when Espanyol takes a 3-1 lead into Sevilla, Villarreal goes to Getafe 1-0 up, and...
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Inter Milan sign Dinamo Zagreb midfielder on two-year loan

Inter Milan have boosted their squad with the signing of Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on a two-year loan with the option for a permanent deal. The 22-year-old Croatia international has completed the move to join Roberto Mancini's men, who are struggling to keep pace with the Serie A leaders following a run of just two wins in their last 11 league outings. A statement...
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Fletcher will be allowed to leave Manchester United on free transfer

Manchester United have told vice-captain Darren Fletcher he can leave on a free transfer. Fletcher was a regular in Louis van Gaal's starting XI on the pre-season tour, but the arrival of Angel di Maria and Daley Blind has restricted the Scot's playing time. Fletcher, 30, has only started four Barclays Premier League games this season and Press Association Sport understands the...
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Ivory Coast, Cameroon may need luck for African Cup progress

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) Even with all its star power, the Ivory Coast may have to depend on the luck of the draw to reach the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations. All four teams in Group D have two points after 1-1 draws in every match. On Wednesday, Yaya Toure and his Ivorian teammates will face Cameroon at Malabo Stadium, while Guinea takes on Mali in Mongomo. ...
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AP Interview: Serie A TV head says Spanish league better

ROME (AP) Avoid going head-to-head with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Don't stop for Christmas. It's that easy to make drastic improvements in the slumping Italian league, according to the man whose company controls Serie A's foreign TV rights. Says Italian entrepreneur Riccardo Silva, ''The bottom line is that the Spanish league is more interesting than the Italian league...
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Cassano leaves basement dwellers Parma by mutual consent

Italy international Antonio Cassano has left troubled Serie A club Parma after rescinding his contract. The experienced 32-year-old striker departs Stadio Ennio Tardini with Parma propping up the league table following Sunday's home defeat to Cesena - a result that left the Gialloblu 10 points from safety. A statement published on fcparma.com on Monday night read: "Parma have today...
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Australia punch ticket to Asian Cup final with win against UAE

Australia remained on course for its maiden Asian Cup title after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a semifinal at Newcastle Stadium on a wet Tuesday. Playing in Newcastle for the first time in almost 20 years, the Socceroos took a firm grip on the contest when defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson punched in their first international goals inside the first 15 minutes...
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The phone call that turned around Sharapova's Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open. That call came early on in the tournament when the No. 2-ranked player came very, very close to losing in the second round to a lowly ranked qualifier. That was a bad day- she made 51 unforced errors, faced match point twice and clawed...
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Bradford co-chairman happy with FA Cup fifth-round draw

Bradford co-chairman Mark Lawn does not think Sunderland or Fulham will fancy the trip to Valley Parade in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Monday night's draw pitched Chelsea's unlikely conquerors into a home tie with either Gus Poyet's Premier League Black Cats or Kit Symons' Championship side, who are due to replay next week after a 0-0 draw on Saturday. "We're at home, I think...
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Young players turn to ex-pros hoping for Slam breakthrough

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Goran Ivanisevic won one Wimbledon title in his colorful tennis career, but the big-serving Croatian believes he might have won even more if he'd had an ex-player as his coach, like many of the top competitors do today. ''Bad luck I did not have someone like me to coach me when I was (playing),'' he said Tuesday at the Australian Open. ''I should have had...
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Maria's message on the camera

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Before she walked off Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, Maria Sharapova scrawled a message with a felt-tipped pen on the camera lens for tennis fans everywhere to see: ''Fly high, sing your own song.'' But don't search for any deep meaning in that. The tradition of asking tennis players to sign the camera lens after winning at certain tournaments, gets a bit...
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Dutchman Van Praag to challenge Blatter for FIFA presidency

Dutch Football Association president Michael van Praag has announced he will stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency, bidding to address the "deteriorating situation" at the world governing body. Van Praag revealed the news to UEFA's executive committee on Monday and announced his candidature on the website of the Dutch FA (KNVB). "I'm very worried about the deteriorating...
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Asian Cup: Australia beat UAE 2-0 to reach final

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) Australia remained on course for its maiden Asian Cup title after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a semifinal at a wet Newcastle Stadium on Tuesday. Playing in Newcastle for the first time in almost 20 years, the Socceroos took a firm grip on the contest when defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson scored inside the first 15 minutes. Australia...
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Preview: Wild at Oilers

It comes as little surprise that the Edmonton Oilers have the fewest wins in the NHL coming out of the All-Star break as the struggling franchise heads toward a ninth consecutive season without a postseason berth. The Minnesota Wild, who were expected to take another step forward after reaching the Western Conference semifinals last year, have been one of the league's biggest disappointments...
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Preview: Bucks at Heat

His dress shirt unbuttoned at the neck, Jason Kidd looks relaxed and calm on the sideline while coaching the Milwaukee Bucks. At 22-22, the Bucks are enjoying success while sticking with their rebuilding blueprint during Kidd's first year in Milwaukee. Even the playoffs are a possibility now in the mediocre Eastern conference. Milwaukee will try to move back above .500 by taking...
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Murray beats local hope Kyrgios in 3 sets at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Andy Murray ensured there would be no five-set comeback for local hope Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday night, beating the 19-year-old Australian 6-3 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point in the fourth round Sunday before beating Italian Andreas Seppi, the player who had eliminated...
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Man City plan to offer Jovetic in part-exchange for Juve star

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around look to splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Juventus boss Massimo Allegri has dropped a huge hint that the Italian champions will be willing to do business with midfielder Paul Pogba's Premier League suitors. Manchester United are interested in Dynamo...
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Lucas Silva thrilled by 'dream' move to Real Madrid

New Real Madrid signing Lucas Silva expects to make a seamless transition to Spanish football from Brazil. The Brazilian Under-21 midfielder completed his permanent transfer to the European champions from Cruzeiro on Monday. Silva, 21, has signed a contract with Real until the end of June 2020 and was unveiled to the media on Monday at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu...
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