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Arsenal Bulldoze Man Utd to Give Wenger Solace

Arsenal produced a scintillating start to overwhelm in-form Manchester United 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday and give embattled manager Arsene Wenger something to smile about.

Wenger was pilloried in the British press after Tuesday's 3-2 home defeat by Olympiakos left his side struggling to avoid a group-stage exit in the Champions League, but five days on he presided over a win that equaled his best league result against United.

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China Win Asia Basketball Title, Qualify for Olympics

China's men beat the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship final before an ecstatic 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in Changsha late on Saturday to secure a place at the 2016 Olympics.

With Guo Ailun (19 points, 6 rebounds), ex-NBA player Yi Jianlian (11 points, 15 rebounds) and the giant 2.17-meter (7ft 1in) 19-year-old Zhou Qi (16 points, 7 rebounds) controlling the match, Gong Luming's team completed their 11th straight victory of an unbeaten tournament.

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Boxing: Hard-hitting Matthysse Eyes First World Title

Lucas Matthysse will be much the shorter man when he steps into the ring against Viktor Postol but what he lacks in size he hopes to make up for in punching power.

Although Matthysse is one of boxing's most feared punchers, the 33-year-old from Argentina has never held a major world title.

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RugbyU: England and Australia 'Snipe' it out at World Cup

England may be smarting on the rugby field but they have gone on the attack in the psychological battle before their crunch World Cup match against Australia on Saturday.

Former manager Clive Woodward said Australia are "not the brightest" while former star Danny Cipriani added that no Australian would get in the England team.

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Tennis: Long Season Takes its Toll on WTA Asia Swing

After the final Gland Slam of the year in Flushing Meadows, there is a migration to Asia as part of the Women's Tennis Association's Asian swing, but the tight end of season schedule may be a bridge too far for some players.

The line up for the last tournaments of the year has been hit by withdrawals as the players zip across the vast continent between Japan, China and Singapore with barely a break.

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Blatter Defiant as Top Sponsors Demand Resignation

Top FIFA sponsors joined forces to demand Sepp Blatter's immediate resignation on Friday, dealing a fresh blow to the scandal-tainted world football chief even as he vowed to cling to power.

In separate statements issued one week after criminal proceedings were launched against Blatter in Switzerland, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Visa and Budweiser all called on the 79-year-old to step down.

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Tennis: Breakout Brit Konta Says Has 'Confidence' in Game

Briton Johanna Konta went to bed happy after losing in the Wuhan Open quarter finals to childhood idol Venus Williams, saying her performance at the tournament had given her "a lot of confidence".

The British number-one-in-waiting began the year ranked 150 but will likely break into the top 50 when the new rankings are released Monday.

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Brotherly Boost as Djokovic Seeks Perfect Six

No tournament exemplifies the rise of Novak Djokovic like the China Open and the remorseless Serb is hungry to extend his incredible unbeaten run in Beijing -- and this time, flanked by his brother.

The world number one has an unblemished 24-0 record after winning five times in the Chinese capital and after stamping his authority on men's tennis this year, few look like toppling him.

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Balotelli, Honda Doubtful as Milan Look to Nix Napoli

Mario Balotelli and Keisuke Honda remain doubtful for AC Milan when the stuttering Serie A giants host on-form Napoli looking to avoid becoming the Partenopei's second big-name victim on Sunday.

It took Napoli four games to secure their first Serie A win this season but, after shaking off the cobwebs with a 5-0 thumping of Lazio, they now have Serie A pundits purring about their scudetto-winning potential.

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Lewandowski Relishing Bayern-Dortmund Clash

Robert Lewandowski aims to add to his incredible goal-scoring run in Bayern Munich's Bundesliga showdown against ex-club Borussia Dortmund in Germany's “Der Klassiker” on Sunday.

The Poland hot-shot has netted 10 times in his last three games alone and has scored 17 goals for club and country this season.

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