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Fans Report Problems at New World Cup Stadium

Fans attending the inaugural match at the new stadium in the jungle city of Manaus were not completely satisfied and reported a lot of unfinished work at the venue, which is set to host its first World Cup match in about three months.

Local media also reported a series of problems at the Arena da Amazonia, which opened on Sunday with a local match attended by about 20,000 people, including workers who helped build the 44,000-capacity stadium.

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Netherlands Midfielder Strootman to Miss World Cup

In a severe blow to the Netherlands' World Cup hopes, midfielder Kevin Strootman looks certain to miss the tournament in Brazil because of a serious knee injury.

AS Roma said Monday that the 24-year-old Strootman will undergo surgery after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and possibly damaging the meniscus in his left knee during Sunday's 1-0 loss at Napoli.

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Tottenham Living to Regret Sale of Gareth Bale

Tottenham's gamble of selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and using the proceeds of the world-record fee to bolster its squad with a slew of new, expensive players has backfired.

Badly.

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Bayern Munich President Admits to Evading Taxes

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness admitted Monday to evading taxes through an undeclared Swiss bank account at a trial that could send the German football great to prison.

Prosecutor Achim von Engel told the Munich state court that Hoeness evaded 3.5 million euros ($4.9 million) in taxes by concealing 33 million euros income through an undeclared Swiss bank account, the dpa news agency reported.

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Fourth Seed Tomas Berdych Falls in Indian Wells

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut knocked out Tomas Berdych on Sunday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, beating the fourth-seeded Czech player 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Berdych had won 11 matches in a row in February and is 16-4 this year.

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Ronaldo Helps Madrid Win to Reclaim Sole Lead

Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid reclaim sole possession of the Spanish league on Sunday, scoring one goal and setting up another in a dominant 3-0 victory over 10-man Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo recorded his league-leading 24th goal of the season to get Madrid rolling in the 11th minute.

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Wigan Stuns City for Second Straight Year in FA Cup

Second-tier Wigan pulled off a stunning victory over Manchester City for the second straight year in the FA Cup on Sunday, leaving one of the most unlikely semifinal lineups in the famous competition's recent history.

City, one of Europe's top teams, was looking to avenge its shock defeat to Wigan in last year's final but slumped to a 2-1 loss at home, ending its hopes of a domestic treble just seven days after winning the League Cup final.

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Stuttgart Sack Schneider, Stevens Steps in

Bundesliga strugglers Stuttgart have sacked coach Thomas Schneider and appointed Dutchman Huub Stevens in his place, the club announced on its website on Sunday.

Stuttgart have slumped to 15th in the 18-club league, just three points ahead of bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig, who held them to a 2-2 draw at home on Saturday.

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Barcelona Suffer Shock Defeat, Atletico Go Top

Barcelona slumped to their third defeat in seven league games as they lost away to relegation-threatened Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday.

Italian Fausto Rossi scored the only goal of the game as he slammed home from close range after 17 minutes.

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Federer, Nadal, Murray Advance at Indian Wells

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka won their opening matches Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open.

Federer, the four-time champion seeded seventh, beat French qualifier Pail-Henri Mathieu. The Swiss star was coming off his 78th career title last week in Dubai.

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