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Italy World Cup Hero Cannavaro Probed over Tax Fraud

Italy's World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro is being investigated on suspicion of running a sham company to avoid paying more than a million euros ($1.27 million) in tax, Italian authorities announced Wednesday.

The former center-back, who led Italy to glory in Germany in 2006, has had property and other assets worth 900,000 euros confiscated in connection with an ongoing probe into a luxury boat rental business that Cannavaro, 41, ran with his wife.

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Pope Praises Bayern Munich after Roma Rout

Pope Francis has welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after its 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling the players they "played a wonderful game" and receiving a signed jersey in return.

CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge said it was "a great honor" for the German club and announced Bayern would donate one million euros in proceeds from a future friendly match to the pope for charitable purposes.

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Halep Routs Serena Williams at WTA Finals

Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday in one of the most one-sided losses of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career.

The last time Williams managed to win just two games in a WTA Tour or Grand Slam match was in 1998 when she was just 16.

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Levante Hires Lucas Alcazar to Replace Mendilibar

Spanish club Levante has named Lucas Alcaraz to replace Jose Mendilibar after firing the coach earlier on Tuesday.

Mendilibar replaced Joaquin Caparros this season but failed to maintain the same level of play, with the team scoring a league-low four goals through eight rounds and sitting next-to-last in the standings.

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Four Months after Bite, Suarez to Face Real Madrid

Few might remember his knee surgery just three weeks before the World Cup, or the two goals he scored in a 2-1 victory over England in his first match in the tournament.

The last and most memorable image of Luis Suarez is the striker biting Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder in a group stage match against Italy, a play that earned him a four-month suspension.

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Champions League Resumes with a Flurry of Goals

The Champions League returned on Tuesday with a 40-goal bonanza as Bayern Munich thrashed Roma 7-1 for its biggest victory on the road and Luiz Adriano scored five as Shakhtar put seven goals past BATE Borisov.

On a record-busting night, Chelsea wasn't far behind in a 6-0 win over Maribor, but Manchester City remained without a victory in three matches after wasting a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at CSKA Moscow.

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Villa to Leave Australia Early, Future Unclear

Spanish striker David Villa's loan deal with Melbourne City will be cut short after four matches, with apparently no guarantee he will return to Australia's A-League.

Melbourne City confirmed Wednesday that Villa will return to his New York City club in Major League Soccer after the Australian team's fourth-round match on Friday, October 31.

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Nowitzki-Chandler Reunion, Parsons Give Mavs Hope

Dirk Nowitzki welcomed Tyson Chandler to Dallas with little fanfare four years ago, and certainly not amid talk of potential championships.

Now that they're reunited after leading the Mavericks to their only title in 2011, it's a hard for the team not to be a little giddy, even in the face of the Texas dynasty that is the San Antonio Spurs and a potent Western Conference.

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Federer Flirts with Perfection in Late-Season Surge

Life couldn't be better - or more surprising - for Roger Federer as the 33-year-old takes aim at multiple major goals starting with a sixth title at his home Swiss Indoors.

The top seed admitted on Tuesday that his current positive situation even has him surprised, with Switzerland playing a Davis Cup final in France next month.

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Taarabt Steps up Weight War with QPR Boss

Queens Parks Rangers forward Adel Taarabt made a furious riposte Tuesday at manager Harry Redknapp for claiming he was overweight and unfit to play.

The 25-year-old Moroccan lifted his shirt for a newspaper interview to show off his slimline waist and blasted Redknapp for the time he spends in the office and his tactics at the London side who are bottom of the Premier League.

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