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Skrtel Charged for Stamp on Goalkeeper De Gea

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been charged with violent conduct by the FA following an incident with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Skrtel appeared to step on de Gea near the end of his side's 2-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

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Warriors Smother Wizards in 3rd Quarter for 107-76 Win

Stephen Curry had 24 points as the Golden State Warriors used a smothering defensive effort in the third quarter to pound the Washington Wizards 107-76 on Monday.

The Warriors held the Wizards without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes after halftime, with Washington missing its first 15 shots. Golden State outscored the Wizards 29-8 in the quarter to take a 24-point lead.

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IOC Commissioners Begin Inspections of Beijing's 2022 Bid

IOC evaluators began a five-day inspection tour of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, in a key test of the city's status as a front-runner in the competition for hosting rights.

Following meetings, the 19-member Evaluation Commission was visiting Beijing's indoor sites for hockey, skating and curling, along with the iconic Bird's Nest stadium used for the 2008 Summer Games. Later in the week, they'll check proposed skiing and sliding venues further outside the city.

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Russian, American Women Square Off at Figure Skating Worlds

Russian teenager Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is looking to cap a dominant season with a gold medal at the world figure skating championships starting Wednesday in China, while Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner are attempting to bring home an individual medal for the American women for the first time in nearly a decade.

In the men's event, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan returns to the Shanghai arena where he was bloodied in a frightening collision with another skater several months ago to defend his title against chief rivals Javier Fernandez of Spain and Denis Ten of Kazakhstan.

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UEFA Chief Platini Warns of Rising Extremism, Hooliganism

UEFA President Michel Platini was warned that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European football.

Rising extremism in European society is an "insidious trend (that) can also be observed in our stadiums," Platini told UEFA's annual meeting on Tuesday.

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Juanmi Called into Spain Squad for Injured Costa

Malaga forward Juanmi has been called into the Spain squad for upcoming games against Ukraine and the Netherlands with Chelsea striker Diego Costa set to miss out with a hamstring injury.

Costa had to be substituted after scoring his 19th goal of the season during the Premier League leaders' 3-2 win at Hull City on Sunday.

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UEFA Hikes Champions League Prize Money to 1.25 Billion Euros

Champions League and Europa League clubs will share more than 1.6 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in prize money from next season in a huge new boost to their coffers, UEFA announced Monday.

The Champions League treasure chest will rise from one billion euros now to 1.25 billion euros for the next three seasons. Europa League clubs will see their pot increased from 232 million euros to 380 million euros.

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Bierhoff Wants Patience for New-Look Germany

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff has called for patience with the world champions as they continue to bed in a new system in Wednesday's friendly against Australia.

The Germans lifted the 2014 World Cup title with a 4-2-3-1 formation, but coach Joachim Loew has toyed with a three-man defense in a 3-4-3 line-up, without using a classic striker, since their Brazil triumph, but with mixed results.

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Real Madrid Coaches Palestinian Children in W.Bank

Hundreds of Palestinian children on Monday attended a football training session given by Spanish giants Real Madrid in the West Bank, as part of a charitable project organized through the U.N.

The Real Madrid Foundation sent professional coaches to the Palestinian territories for three days of training with children at schools run by the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

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Two-Year Sentence Requested for Barcelona President in Neymar Affair

Spanish prosecutors are requesting a prison sentence of two years and three months for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and seven for his predecessor, Sanrdo Rosell, over the so-called Neymar affair, judicial sources said on Monday.

The Madrid court is also calling for a fine of 22.2 million euros ($24.1 million) against the club over the transfer deal which has been the subject of an anti-corruption probe.

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