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Djkovic Eases Through, Nadal, Federer Out

Novak Djokovic survived a scare before easing through to the semis, but Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's U.S. Open preparations hit a snag at the ATP Cincinnati Masters on Friday.

World No. 1 Djokovic outlasted Frenchman Gael Monfils to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a two and a half hour evening match.

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Spanish Season Delayed after Strike Goes ahead

The start of the Spanish league season will be delayed by a strike after Spanish league officials and player representatives failed on a last-minute deal.

The Association of Spanish Football Players said the strike will go ahead after talks failed Friday for improved salary guarantees in a new collective bargaining agreement.

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Depleted Arsenal Face Liverpool Test

Arsenal may have not lost at home to Liverpool since the turn of the Millennium but the Gunners are already looking unusually vulnerable just two games into the new season.

The departure of Cesc Fabregas and the impending sale of Samir Nasri has left manager Arsene Wenger short of two of the top performers from last term ahead of Saturday's lunchtime kick off at the Emirates Stadium.

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Chelsea's Keeper Headache for West Brom Clash

Andre Villas-Boas faces an early goalkeeping dilemma at Chelsea after Petr Cech was ruled out for up to four weeks with a knee ligament problem ahead of the visit of West Bromwich Albion.

Cech was injured when he fell under the weight of a colleague during training this week and Villas-Boas must now decide whether Hilario or Ross Turnbull should replace the Czech Republic international.

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Schumi Insists he Still has Fire in his Belly

Twenty years on from his sensational debut as a virtually unknown Formula One driver Michael Schumacher has this week insisted that he will race with Mercedes in 2012 despite widespread rumors that he is set to quit.

The seven-times drivers world champion, now 42, has struggled through a disappointing season so far, but broke off from the final days of his summer holidays to stress that he has no plans to walk away - and no knowledge that he is about to be released.

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McLaren Boss: Button, Hamilton Still Contenders

McLaren team chief Martin Whitmarsh sounded the first fighting notes ahead of Formula One's resumption of racing hostilities next week by claiming both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are still in with a chance of winning the drivers' world title.

As the F1 teams began to return to work after their summer holidays, an upbeat Whitmarsh said the task facing his men was tough, "but not impossible."

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Nadal Needs 3-Tiebreaker Match to Advance

Rafael Nadal wanted to play a lot of tennis at the Western & Southern Open, though maybe not all in one day.

Nadal survived a three-set, three-tiebreaker match against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco on Thursday, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9) victory that kept him on court for 3 hours, 38 minutes. Then, he played a doubles match that went an hour and 10 minutes, followed by interviews.

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Spain in Uproar over Barca-Madrid Pitch Violence

Spain reacted with outrage Thursday after Barcelona's 3-2 Super Cup win over Real Madrid descended into violent scenes with defeated coach Jose Mourinho jabbing a rival in the eye.

Television images and photos on the front pages Thursday showed Mourinho poking his finger into the eye of Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola's assistant Tito Vilanova as players brawled on the field.

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Barcelona Win Thriller Thanks to Messi Double

A Lionel Messi double inspired European and Spanish champions Barcelona to a 3-2 victory over bitter rivals Real Madrid in their Super Cup second leg clash in Barcelona on Wednesday and a 5-4 aggregate win.

The bad feeling between the two sides boiled over at the end of the match which saw three players sent off - Marcelo and Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid and Barcelona's David Villa.

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Raul to Stay at Schalke after Rejecting Rovers Bid

Veteran striker Raul will remain with German league side Schalke 04 after the 34-year-old rejected an official offer to join Blackburn Rovers, Royal Blues' manager Horst Heldt confirmed Tuesday.

Schalke received a written bid for Raul from the Premier League side on Monday, but the club held a meeting with the Spain veteran's agent on Tuesday who confirmed his client wants to stay with the German league club.

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