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Man City Aims to Bounce Back against Arsenal

Eliminated from the Champions League and with its unbeaten run in the Premier League over, Manchester City's mettle will be tested by in-form Arsenal on Sunday as the battle for the English title hots up this weekend.

City's defeat by Chelsea on Monday blew the title race open ahead of the traditional busy schedule of Christmas fixtures, with four teams now within nine points of the leaders.

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Clippers Get Chris Paul in Big Trade with Hornets

Chris Paul will supply the Los Angeles Clippers with so much more than alley-oop passes to Blake Griffin when he arrives in Hollywood on Thursday night.

A bold trade for New Orleans' superstar point guard on Wednesday just might alter the entire sports world's perception of the Clippers. After managing just six winning seasons in their first 41 years of existence, the bumbling Clippers suddenly look slick and scintillating after swinging arguably the biggest trade in franchise history, giving them two of the NBA's elite players and a capable supporting cast.

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Olympics: India to Ask London to Drop Dow Chemical

The Indian Olympic Association will formally ask organizers of the London Games to drop Dow Chemical as a sponsor over its links to the Bhopal disaster, acting chief Vijay Kumar Malhotra said Wednesday.

"We will express our displeasure to London Games organizers and ask them to drop Dow as one of their sponsors," Malhotra told AFP, adding that the company's role was "unacceptable".

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Podolski Rules out Bundesliga Switch

Cologne striker Lukas Podolski has poured cold water on Schalke 04's ambitions to sign him by saying he cannot imagine switching to another German league club.

Germany international Podolski, who is under contract until 2013, hit a late equalizer for Cologne in their 1-1 draw with Mainz Tuesday, thus netting his 14th goal of the season and 10th goal in eight league games.

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Ince Backs United to Move in Transfer Window

Paul Ince expects recent developments at Manchester United mean the club will look to sign new players during the January transfer window.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has repeatedly expressed his reluctance to add to his squad halfway through the season on the grounds there are few good deals to be had.

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New Mavs Odom, Carter Eager to Help Defend Title

Lamar Odom knows what it takes to repeat as an NBA champion.

Vince Carter wants to know what it feels like to become an NBA champion.

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Santos Advances to Club World Cup Final

South American champion Santos advanced to the Club World Cup final by beating Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol 3-1 Thursday, setting up a possible showdown between Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Brazil teenager Neymar.

The 19-year-old Neymar, who is touted to be the next big star in football, scored one of the Brazilian club's goals.

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Fletcher to Take Break because of Bowel Disease

After months of putting his health at risk while playing with a chronic bowel disease, Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has been forced take an extended break from football to rest and recuperate.

The 27-year-old Scotland captain, who did not play between March and September with what United previously called a "virus," has been suffering from ulcerative colitis — an inflammatory bowel condition.

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Wenger Hints at Transfer Raid

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Tuesday the club may seek to strengthen their striking resources in next month's transfer window ahead of the African Cup of Nations.

The Gunners have bounced back from a disastrous start to the season to challenge for a top four place while qualifying for the Champions League knockout rounds as group winners.

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Ribery Injury Doubt for Cologne Clash

Bayern Munich's France star Franck Ribery is an injury doubt for Friday's German league game against Cologne after picking up a thigh strain.

The 28-year-old suffered an injury in the 2-1 win over Stuttgart on Sunday which gave Bayern a three-point lead at the top of the table.

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