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Mourinho Facing 12-Game Ban for Eye-Poke Brawl

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho could be suspended up to 12 games for his altercation with Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova during a Spanish Supercup game-ending brawl.

The Spanish football federation opened disciplinary proceedings against the Spanish clubs Tuesday, six days after Barcelona won the trophy in a fight-marred finale.

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Out of Sorts Modric will Stay, Insists Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insisted unhappy Croatian midfielder Luka Modric will not be allowed to leave for Chelsea and has revealed he will be offered a new contract once the transfer deadline has passed.

Redknapp was speaking in the aftermath of a 3-0 drubbing by champions Manchester United on Monday in what was Spurs's first match of the Premier League campaign.

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Italy Becomes Sick Man of European Club Football

Having once been the major power in European and world club football, Italy is rapidly becoming the sick man of Europe in footballing terms.

Only 10 years ago, Italy topped the UEFA country rankings but after Schalke 04 beat reigning champions Inter Milan in the Champions League quarter-finals last season, they dropped below Germany to fourth and lost a place in the Champions League.

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Hewitt, Melzer Ousted at Winston-Salem Tennis

Second seed Jurgen Melzer and Australian Lleyton Hewitt continued summer hard-court losing streaks, to exit the Winston-Salem Open Monday.

Hewitt, now ranked 165th after standing number one with two Grand Slam titles a decade ago, was defeated by Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

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German Firms Rush to Serve Outdoor Sportswear Market

A paradise for outdoor clothing and accessories, Germany hosts a flock of companies specialized in the expanding sector, which has drawn the attention of major sports equipment makers.

Sales of the sector, which has constantly evolving contours, is estimated at 1.8 billion euros ($2.6 billion) in Germany, about 30 percent of the European market according to an estimation by the distributor Intersport.

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U.S. Pulls out of Bid for 2020 Summer Olympics

This time around, the United States is saying no to the Olympics.

Locked in a dispute over millions of dollars, the U.S. Olympic Committee pulled the plug Monday on a bid for the 2020 Summer Games before the International Olympic Committee could say no to the Americans, as it has the last two times. The two sides have been at odds over a revenue-sharing agreement for years.

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Barcelona Won't Lodge Complaint Against Madrid

Barcelona sport director Andoni Zubizarreta says the Spanish Supercup winner will not lodge a formal complaint against Real Madrid following a game-ending brawl between the bitter rivals last week.

Zubizarreta says the decision was taken after discussions with club president Sandro Rosell, coach Pep Guardiola and assistant Tito Vilanova, who was the recipient of an apparent eye poke from Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.

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Djokovic Quits with Sore Shoulder in Cincy Final

Novak Djokovic's remarkable winning streak ended with a grimace, one that puts a new spin on the U.S. Open.

The world's top-ranked player was forced to retire in the second set Sunday because of a sore right shoulder, giving Andy Murray the championship at the Western & Southern Open.

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Defections Prompt Calls for Change in Cuban Sports

Cuba's version of the New York Yankees, the powerhouse Industriales, won the country's 2010 baseball championship with lights-out pitching by Armando Rivero and Joan Socarras and stellar hitting from Leguim Barroso.

All three players have since defected, along with four other members of the championship squad, leaving the punchless team struggling to a losing season this year.

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Sharapova, Jankovic Book Cincy Showdown

Maria Sharapova will take on Jelena Jankovic in the women's final of the Cincinnati hardcourt tournament on Sunday, both looking for a momentum-boosting victory heading into the US Open.

Sharapova, the fourth seed, rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Vera Zvonareva in an all-Russian semi-final.

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