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Man City's Aguero Injured on Argentina Duty

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero sustained an injury to his left hamstring during Argentina's 2-0 loss to Ecuador in World Cup qualifying, the Premier League club confirmed on Friday.

"Sergio Aguero lasted just 22 minutes of Argentina's opening World Cup qualifier against Ecuador," City said in a statement on their website.

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Brazil Loses without Neymar, Argentina Falls with No Messi

Brazil showed Thursday it can't win against the best without Barcelona star Neymar, losing 2-0 at Chile as qualifying in South America opened for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

It was the same story for Argentina without its Barcelona marquee player Lionel Messi, falling 2-0 at home against Ecuador.

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Challenges Facing Juergen Klopp at Liverpool

Juergen Klopp takes over a Liverpool team in transition, in 10th place in the Premier League, and — unfortunately in the eyes of many fans — lumbered with the Europa League.

Here's a look at the immediate challenges facing Klopp as he settles in at Anfield as the replacement for Brendan Rodgers:

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Portugal, Northern Ireland Book Euro 2016 Places

Portugal and Northern Ireland booked their places at Euro 2016 on Thursday, while world champion Germany was made to wait after being upset 1-0 by Ireland in Dublin.

Irish substitute Shane Long ran onto a kick out over the German defense from goalkeeper Darren Randolph and blasted past Manuel Neuer to the top corner to ensure Group D will be decided on the final day.

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New Parole Meeting to Decide on Pistorius's Release

The South African parole board will meet Friday to reconsider whether to release Oscar Pistorius in the latest stage of a lengthy battle over the length of his jail sentence.

The Paralympian star's lawyers have argued that he should have been allowed out on house arrest in August after serving 10 months of his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend.

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Hamilton Would Welcome more Battles with Vettel

Lewis Hamilton welcomes the prospect of regular wheel-to-wheel battles with Sebastian Vettel in the future – once he and his Mercedes team have made sure of winning this years title race.

The defending two-time world champion said Ferrari's revival since four-time champion German Vettel had joined them proved they are a real threat to Mercedes' domination.

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Alonso Confirms he Will Stay at McLaren

Fernando Alonso on Thursday made light of his frustrations with the struggling McLaren Honda team and confirmed he plans to stay with the team next year and through 2017.

He said his widely broadcast radio messages, in which he criticized the performance of his car’s Honda engine during the Japanese Grand Prix, were insignificant and had not upset Honda.

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Messi to Be Tried on Tax Fraud Charges

Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are to stand trial on three counts of tax fraud that could carry prison sentences, a Spanish court confirmed on Thursday.

In a court filing, the judge in charge of the case rejected a request by the public prosecutor to try only the footballer's father.

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Golden Boy Platini Tarnished by Blatter Links

One of the greatest footballers in history, Michel Platini was on target just two weeks ago for becoming the next head of FIFA, the sport's paramount body.

But on Thursday, his dream was dealt a shattering blow by the financial scandal that has engulfed FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

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Hayatou Takes Temporary Charge of FIFA

African football leader Issa Hayatou took temporary charge of FIFA on Thursday after Sepp Blatter was "relieved of his duties" because of his 90-day suspension, the world governing body have announced.

Hayatou, 69, is president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and takes over as senior vice president of FIFA even though he has a troubled past.

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