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Moyes Salutes 'World-class' Rooney

Manchester United manager David Moyes lavished praise on Wayne Rooney after the striker inspired his side to a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in their opening Champions League game.

The England striker scored twice and set up a late goal for Antonio Valencia to give the Premier League champions a strong start in Group A and further confirm his commitment to the United cause.

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Ronaldo Treble Guides Madrid to Galatasaray Rout

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated the signing of his new contract with Real Madrid in stunning fashion with his 23rd career hat-trick as the Spanish giants hammered Galatasaray 6-1 at the Turk Telekom Arena on Tuesday.

The Turkish champions had beaten Madrid on their visit to Istanbul in last season's quarterfinals and started the brighter of the two sides with Felipe Melo seeing a trio of efforts saved.

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Japanese Sports Teacher Beats Boy in YouTube Video

A video showing a volleyball coach repeatedly slapping a schoolboy -- just days after Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics -- is the latest example of brutality to tarnish Japanese sport.

A short clip posted on YouTube showed the teacher at Hamamatsu Nittai Senior High School in central Japan smacking the student's face at least 13 times in 16 seconds. It was authenticated by the school.

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Liverpool Held to 2-2 Draw at Swansea in EPL

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League standings on Monday night despite its perfect start to the season ending with a 2-2 draw at Swansea.

Brendan Rodgers' team had won its first three games and a fourth consecutive victory would have marked the club's best start ever in the Premier League.

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Australia Warns FIFA over World Cup Date Switch

Australia's leading football official has cautioned FIFA against compounding the "flawed" choice for the 2022 World Cup host by rushing decisions about switching competition dates to avoid Qatar's searing summer heat.

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy issued a statement Tuesday urging the sport's global governing body to wait until after an investigation into the World Cup bid process before making any decisions about shifting the event to the northern winter. If the World Cup is rescheduled, the FFA wants compensation for the domestic leagues that are affected and for the countries that spent millions of dollars on unsuccessful bids based on the northern summer time frame.

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Struggling Spain Just Reaches Euro Quarterfinals

It's been anything but a smooth ride for Spain as it seeks its third straight European basketball title.

Marc Gasol and his teammates are in the quarterfinals but they have appeared vulnerable in getting there. Due to a generous format of a tournament that started with 24 teams and was pared down to 12 for the second round, Spain advanced despite three losses.

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Roma Beats Parma 3-1 to Maintain Perfect Start

Roma rallied to beat Parma 3-1 on Monday night to maintain its unbeaten start to the Serie A season.

Parma took a surprise lead six minutes from halftime when Jonathan Biabiany headed Mattia Cassani's deep cross into the bottom right corner.

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Bach Keen on Radically Changing Bid City Mentality

Newly-elected International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach will move into his new office in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Tuesday with little fanfare but with much to do.

The 59-year-old German -- who was elected in the second round of voting by fellow IOC members last Tuesday in Buenos Aires seeing off five rivals -- has finished the celebrations and now it will be business only.

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Only Juve Win Will Do in Copenhagen, Says Conte

Juventus coach Antonio Conte admits a Champions League final appearance is beyond the Italians but says he won't accept anything less than a win away to Copenhagen in their Group B opener Tuesday.

Juve returned to the competition last season after a three-year absence and impressed on their way to the quarterfinals where eventual winners Bayern Munich handed them a lesson in clinical football.

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Real Boosted by Ronaldo Renewal for Euro Bow

Cristiano Ronaldo believes putting pen to paper on a new Real Madrid deal, which ties him to the club until 2018, can help propel them to the Champions League title.

Ronaldo signed a new contract on Sunday, the perfect boost ahead of their Champions League opener with Galatasaray on Tuesday.

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