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Madrid President: Ronaldo to End Career at Club

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said Cristiano Ronaldo will end his career with the Spanish giants and has denied receiving any bids for the Portugal forward.

Manchester United fans long for the return of Ronaldo, whom the English club sold to Madrid for a record 80 million pounds (then $131 million) in 2009.

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Barcelona Appoints Gerardo Martino as Coach

Barcelona reached an agreement Tuesday to sign Gerardo Martino as coach for two seasons, replacing Tito Vilanova.

Barcelona said it will specify plans for the Argentine's arrival in Barcelona "in the coming hours." Martino is expected to travel from Argentina to sign a contract and be presented officially to the club.

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Ex-MotoGP Champion Stoner to Test Ride with Honda

Two-time world champion Casey Stoner will test ride with his former Honda team in Japan next week, fueling speculation he is considering a return to MotoGP.

Stoner will join Honda for a two-day test at the Motegi circuit aboard team's world championship-winning RC213V bike. He will have further sessions on August 6 and 7.

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Djokovic Book on Diet, Success Set before Open

Novak Djokovic attributes his success in recent years to a change of diet. Now he'll be sharing his nutrition tips in a book to be released before the U.S. Open.

"Serve to Win" is the title of Djokovic's "nutrition-based performance guide" that is to be published next month.

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Cyclist Stuart O'Grady Retires after 17th Tour

Australian rider Stuart O'Grady has announced his retirement, one day after completing a record-equaling 17th Tour de France.

The 39-year-old O'Grady called time on a 19-year professional career after a strong performance by his Orica GreenEDGE team in this year's Tour. Teammate Simon Gerrans won the third stage and O'Grady stood on the podium when the Australian-based outfit won the team time-trial in the fourth stage.

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Gianniotis Grabs Gold for Greece in Gritty 10K

Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia got stuck trading elbows and kicks with a French challenger.

Five-time world champion Thomas Lurz of Germany had to waste precious energy fighting off herds of competitors just to get around the buoys lining the course.

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Palestine Looking to Host FIFA Congress in 2017

The Palestine Football Assocation is competing to host FIFA's annual congress in 2017.

FIFA says Palestine is among 10 members expressing interest in hosting in 2017, and 14 have proposed hosting the 2016 congress.

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China's Chen, Liu Top 10-Meter Prelims at Worlds

Gold medal favorites Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia of China topped the preliminaries of the women's 10-meter synchronized platform diving at the world championships on Monday.

Chen is a three-time defending world champion in the event and a four-time Olympics gold medalist.

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Basketball Team Calls for Resignation of Lebanon's Federation

The national basketball team urged on Sunday the federation to resign after it returned to Beirut from the Philippines following Lebanon's suspension by FIBA.

During a press conference he held at Rafik Hariri International Airport, the team's coach Ghassan Sarkis said: “The team was very close to achieving the dream” of victory.

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Persian Polo Thrives in Islamic Republic

It is probably the last thing you would expect to come across in the capital of the Islamic republic of Iran: a polo club, more commonly associated with the aristocracy.

Nestling in the foothills of the Alborz mountains on the southeastern edge of heavily polluted Tehran, the Qasr-e Firouze Chowgan Club is surrounded by greenery and shielded from view by a military camp.

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