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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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Becker Sees German Tennis ‘Renaissance’

Former German star Boris Becker said Tuesday he believes his country's tennis could be on the cusp of a renaissance - seeing signs of promise particularly among the women.

"I will not be surprised if Andrea (Petkovic) or Sabine (Lisicki) show themselves capable of reaching not just the semi-finals or finals but actually winning a Grand Slam," triple Wimbledon champion Becker told sports news agency and AFP subsidiary SID.

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NBA: Gasol Makes Deal to Stay with Grizzlies

Spanish center Marc Gasol said on Monday that he has reached a tentative agreement on a new NBA contract that will keep him playing for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Gasol, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, announced the deal on his Twitter microblogging website.

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Olic Admits Interest in Lazio Move

Croatia striker Ivica Olic says he would be interested in a move to Italian Serie A side Lazio and hopes they follow through with reported interest.

Olic has been a bit-part player at Bayern Munich this season under coach Jupp Heynckes and he fears that his place in the Croatia squad at the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine in June could be in jeopardy if he doesn't get more pitch time.

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