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Valbuena Says Benzema 'Indirectly' Told him to Pay Sex-Tape Money

Mathieu Valbuena said in an interview published Friday that France international teammate Karim Benzema "indirectly" told him he had to pay a ransom to get back a sex-tape of him with his girlfriend.

Twenty-seven year-old Real Madrid star Benzema has been charged with complicity to blackmail Valbuena over the tape.

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Hertha Look to End 38-Year Wait in Munich

Hertha Berlin are looking to end their 38-year wait for a win at Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga when they play at the Bavarians' Allianz Arena fortress on Saturday.

Runaway league leaders Bayern are eight points clear in the German league table with a tally of 37 from a possible 39.

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Athletics: Golden Boy Coe Set to Battle through Sleepless Nights

Sebastian Coe likened winning the IAAF presidency to the joyous birth of his four children. His opening steps in track and field's top job could easily be described as the equivalent of a month of sleepless nights running after fractious babies.

It has been nothing but a blunt and challenging introduction to the vagaries of top-level sport administration for Coe, working 18 hours a day in a firefight for track and field.

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Madrid Seek Clasico Redemption at Humble Eibar

Real Madrid will be hoping a change of scenery provides an upturn in fortunes when they travel to Basque minnows Eibar's 6,000 capacity Ipurua on Sunday aiming to make amends for their 4-0 humiliation by Barcelona.

Club president Florentino Perez insisted he still has full confidence in coach Rafael Benitez despite both being targeted by the Madrid fans with calls to resign last weekend.

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Napoli Target Inter Win and Serie A Lead

Napoli welcome leaders Inter Milan looking to regain top spot as Roma, fresh from another Champions League humiliation, and Fiorentina seek to keep pace with Serie A's current title favorites.

Sitting just two points off the pace alongside third-placed Fiorentina, Napoli's title belief has been strengthened by a string of impressive performances at home and in Europe.

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From Factory Floor to Record Books for Leicester's Vardy

In an age when youngsters are recruited by leading clubs before they have even mastered the art of shoelace-tying, Jamie Vardy's rise to prominence with Leicester City is an exceptional story.

Five years ago, Vardy was playing amateur football for Stocksbridge Park Steels in England's seventh tier and working part-time at a factory making medical splints.

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Rooney Concerned As Vardy Eyes Record against Misfiring United

Wayne Rooney says misfiring Manchester United should follow the example of record-chasing Jamie Vardy in their summit meeting with surprise Premier League leaders Leicester on Saturday.

Leicester striker Vardy will make history at the King Power Stadium if he scores for a Premier League record 11th successive match and his record bid couldn't come at a more uncomfortable time for the struggling Rooney and United's other out-of-form forwards.

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Liverpool, Spurs into Last-32 as Celtic Crash

Liverpool and Tottenham reached the Europa League last 32 on Thursday while Scottish interest in continental competition came to another sobering end when Celtic were knocked out.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool defeated Bordeaux 2-1 at Anfield having endured the worst possible start when injury-plagued England striker Daniel Sturridge's comeback from a knee injury stalled when he hurt his foot in training.

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FIFA Donates 48 Confiscated Luxury Watches to Charity

Nearly 50 luxury watches confiscated from football officials who had received them as "gifts" ahead of the World Cup in Brazil have been donated to charity, FIFA's ethics committee said Thursday.

The watches, estimated to be worth 25,000 Swiss francs ($24,400, 23,000 euros) apiece, were given to streetfootballworld, an international network of groups which uses football to help young people.

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Juve Defeat Leaves City Facing another Difficult Draw

Manchester City were left facing the prospect of another unforgiving draw for the knockout phase of the Champions League after conceding their second successive defeat to Juventus in a 1-0 reverse on Wednesday.

A first-half strike from Mario Mandzukic saw Juventus, last season's beaten finalists, into the last 16 after Massimiliano Allegri's men produced a dominant display in Turin to drop City into second place in Group D at two points adrift.

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