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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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Bayern in Top-Form, Says Robben After Hamburg Rout

Bayern Munich goal-scorer Arjen Robben has said the Bavarian giants are hitting top form after they demolished Hamburg 5-0 in the German league.

After a faltering start to the season, Bayern produced an impressive display on the third weekend of the Bundesliga campaign on Saturday as Robben and fellow star winger Franck Ribery ran the Hamburg defense ragged.

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Clijsters Out of U.S. Open with Stomach Injury

Two-time defending U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters withdrew from the tournament Friday because of a stomach muscle injury.

Clijsters, who missed Wimbledon with an ankle injury, pulled out of a tournament in Toronto this month with a muscle strain on the left side of her stomach. In a statement Friday, she said "two weeks of rehab is not enough to heal this injury."

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Mancini Mulls Attacking Options for Bolton

Roberto Mancini admits he is now spoilt for choice as he mulls over the prospect of introducing Sergio Aguero into a four-man Manchester City strike force against Bolton Wanderers.

Aguero made an instant impact on his Manchester city debut, scoring twice after coming on as a second-half substitute in the 4-0 opening-game win over Swansea.

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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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