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World Champs Call for Help for Germany's Refugees

Germany's World Cup-winning footballers have condemned xenophobic attacks on the thousands of foreigners pouring into their country and led calls to help the refugees amidst the ongoing crisis here.

Led by captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, a group of players appear in a video holding up signs condemning violence and calling for "respect", "help", "integration" and "fairplay" towards any refugee arriving in Germany.

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Germany out to Settle Poland Score, Says Mueller

Thomas Mueller says Germany need to recapture their 2014 World Cup-winning form -- and settle a score -- against Poland in the first of two key Euro 2016 qualifiers on Friday.

By their own admission, Joachim Loew's side have been below-par since winning the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro and find themselves in the usual position of being second in Group D, a point behind leaders Poland.

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Marked Man Martial Must Find Place at Man Utd

If Anthony Martial felt unsure about the scale of the challenge awaiting him at Manchester United, it will have been made plain by a comment from his new team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin.

Addressing journalists at France's training camp, which the 19-year-old Martial had just left in order to sign for United, Schneiderlin said that Wayne Rooney had spoken to him about the club's newest recruit.

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Djokovic to Play Nadal in Exhibition Match in Thailand

The world's top-ranked player Novak Djokovic will play an exhibition match against longstanding rival Rafael Nadal in Thailand next month.

Suwat Liptapanlop, president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand, said Wednesday that the match would be played on Oct. 2 at Bangkok's Hua Mark Indoor Stadium.

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Boavista Introduces Rivaldo's Son as its Newest Player

First-division Portuguese club Boavista has introduced Rivaldo's son as its newest signing on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Rivaldinho was presented to fans and journalists at a news conference alongside his father, the former Barcelona and Brazil star.

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Tire Deterioration a Concern at Pirelli's Home Italian GP

With Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes dominating Formula One, the real drama at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix could come from frightening tire deterioration on a Monza circuit that features the highest speeds in the sport.

Two weeks ago at the Belgian GP, the right rear tire of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari was torn to shreds at 320 kph (200 mph) in the penultimate lap. That came two days after the same thing happened to Nico Rosberg in practice, prompting the Mercedes driver to demand action from tire supplier Pirelli before Monza.

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Steady in Face of Kyrgios' 'Antics,' Murray Wins at U.S. Open

Nick Kyrgios does what he wants and says what he wants on a tennis court, seemingly no matter the ramifications, and amid all the near-napping, cursing and racket smashing, he troubled Andy Murray for moments at the U.S. Open.

Only for brief moments, though.

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Japan Scraps Olympic Logo over Plagiarism Allegation

Tokyo Olympic organizers on Tuesday decided to scrap the logo for the 2020 Games following another allegation its Japanese designer might have used copied materials.

Reversing their earlier support for designer Kenjiro Sano against allegations of plagiarizing the design, the organizers said the decision came after new accusations over the weekend.

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Loew Backs Schweinsteiger after Shaky United Start

Germany coach Joachim Loew is backing Bastian Schweinsteiger to brush off his shaky start at Manchester United when he captains his country in Friday's key Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland.

The world champions host Poland in Frankfurt with Adam Nawalka's visitors top of Group D by a point from Loew's Germany, who then face third-placed Scotland in Glasgow on Monday, in two important qualifiers for Schweinsteiger's side.

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What Happened? De Gea Stays Put after Missed Deadline

The deadline arrived, but the announcement never did.

In a surreal ending to the transfer window in Spain, the much-anticipated move of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid never materialized. The clubs reportedly struck a deal, but the expected announcement never came, apparently because the paperwork wasn't submitted on time.

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