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Mexican Authorities Rescue Kidnapped Footballer Alan Pulido

Mexican authorities have rescued football star Alan Pulido following his kidnapping in his crime-plagued home state of Tamaulipas, with the player declaring early Monday he was "very well" despite the ordeal.

Pulido, a former national team forward who plays for Greek club Olympiakos, had a bandage on his right hand as he appeared alongside Governor Egidio Torre Cantu at a brief news conference, several hours after his abduction following a party.

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'I Don't Know what I Sign', Messi Told Judge in Fraud Case

Argentina star Lionel Messi, who is due to go on trial in Barcelona for alleged tax fraud, told a judge that he never looks at the contracts he signs, the El Periodico daily said Monday.

The newspaper got access to Messi's September 2013 statement to a judge and published extracts just a day before the five-time World Player of the Year and his father stand trial.

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Victorious Real Get Hero's Welcome in Spanish Capital

Thousands of Real Madrid fans piled into the streets of the Spanish capital and filled the club's 80,000 capacity Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Sunday to welcome home their heroes after an historic 11th European Cup win.

An open top bus emblazoned with the word "Campeones" (Champions) carried the team, who showed off the trophy to fans, just after sunrise on their return from beating local rivals Atletico Madrid in a penalty shootout in Milan.

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Gasquet Carrying French Flag at Roland Garros

Richard Gasquet salvaged French pride with his four sets win over Kei Nishikori in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday and now he wants to take it three steps further and end a 33-year long drought.

The 29-year-old from the southern town of Beziers started the day as the sole French player -- male or female -- still standing after a disappointing first week for the big home contingent.

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Cycling: Ruthless Nibali Leaves Mark on Dramatic Giro Win

Some will call Vincenzo Nibali's dramatic Giro d'Italia victory on Sunday lucky, but it served as a reminder that 'The Shark' is dangerous when in deep water.

Three years after the Italian sealed a maiden pink jersey with an epic ride through the snowy Dolomites mountains, a second Giro triumph looked out of reach when Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk opened up a huge lead in the final week of a thrilling 99th edition.

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Paris Star Aurier Detained after Police Fight

French police detained Paris Saint-Germain star Serge Aurier on Monday after he hit an officer outside a nightclub, police sources said.

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international, who has been regularly in trouble with his club, is alleged to have "insulted and hit a police officer," one source told AFP.

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'Gabigol' Off Mark as Brazil Down Panama

Rising teenage star Gabriel scored on his international debut as Brazil warmed up for the Copa America Centenario on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Panama.

Gabriel -- affectionately known as "Gabigol" -- underscored his precocious talent by calmly finishing Brazil's second goal on 73 minutes soon after replacing veteran striker Jonas as a second-half substitute.

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Djokovic on Verge of $100 Million Breakthrough

World number one Novak Djokovic is poised to become the first man to win $100 million in prize money on Monday when he targets a place in the French Open quarter-finals for the 10th time.

Djokovic, chasing a first Roland Garros title to complete a career Grand Slam, tackles Spain's 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

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Golf: Wood Eyes Ryder Cup, Olympic Teams

England's Chris Wood is eyeing a spot in the Ryder Cup and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after his win in the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday.

Wood put himself in the frame for a place in the European team, under Darren Clarke at Hazeltine, with his one million euro ($1.11 million) prize money, but still has to overtake one of Danny Willett and Justin Rose in the world rankings to make the Great Britain team for Rio.

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Terry Backs Mourinho to Be United Success

Chelsea captain John Terry believes his former manager Jose Mourinho will lead Manchester United back to the top.

Mourinho was appointed United manager earlier this week after Dutchman Louis van Gaal was sacked two days after leading the Red Devils to an FA Cup victory.

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