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Pellegrini Keeps Cool after City's Red-Hot Start

Manuel Pellegrini insists it is far too early for Manchester City to get carried away despite opening up an eight-point lead over Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

Pellegrini's side have maximum points from four matches after beating Watford 2-0 at Eastlands on Saturday.

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Mourinho Won't Buy his Way out of Trouble

Jose Mourinho has no plans to spend big in the final few days of the transfer window in a bid to end champions Chelsea's early season Premier League malaise.

Chelsea's shock 2-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday left Mourinho's men a significant eight points behind leaders Manchester City just four games into the current campaign.

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Bale Double Helps Benitez to First Madrid Win

Gareth Bale silenced his critics by scoring twice as Rafael Benitez got his first win as Real Madrid coach with a 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis.

Madrid remain two points behind Barcelona as Thomas Vermaelen was the unlikely hero for the European champions as they overcame stiff resistance from Malaga to win 1-0 at the Camp Nou.

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Nadal Feeling 'Very Close' to Slam-winning Form

Former world number one Rafael Nadal, struggling through what the Spaniard called his worst campaign in 11 years, said Saturday his form is very close to returning to top level.

Nadal has won titles this season at Hamburg, Stuttgart and Buenos Aires, but his record is 42-14 and he has slipped to the the eighth seed for the US Open, the final major championship of the year that begins Monday in New York.

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Murray Asks for Patience as Kyrgios Matures

Britain's Andy Murray has some sympathy for Australian bad boy Nick Kyrgios, the controversial 20-year-old he will face on Tuesday in the first round of the US Open.

Third seed Murray, who won the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles, said on Saturday that Kyrgios was wrong in his lurid verbal attack on Stan Wawrinka in Montreal earlier this month, but tennis officials, fans and players needed patience in dealing with him.

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Benitez Wary of Paris Champions League Threat

Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez says his team have inherited a difficult group for the Champions League pool phase and feels French champions Paris Saint-Germain pose their greatest threat.

At a press conference on Friday ahead of Real's second La Liga match of the season against Real Betis following a 0-0 draw against Sporting Gijon last Sunday, the Spaniard expressed his concern about a group that also includes Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine and Sweden's Malmo.

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Germany Call up Liverpool's Can for Key Qualifers

Liverpool's uncapped defender Emre Can was on Friday called up to the Germany squad for the world champions' forthcoming key Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Scotland.

Germany host Group D leaders Poland in Frankfurt next Friday, with the Germans just one point behind in the table, then face third-placed Scotland in Glasgow on September 7.

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Liverpool Face Tricky Europa League Group

Five-time European champions Liverpool face a stern test of their continental experience after drawing former domestic champions Bordeaux of France and Rubin Kazan of Russia when the Europa League group phase draw was made on Friday.

Brendan Rodgers' Premier League giants will also take on Sion of Switzerland after 12 groups of four teams were pulled out of the hat at the UEFA-hosted draw in Monaco.

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Japan Scales back Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Plans

Japan's government has approved a plan to reduce the seating and slash the construction cost of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after public opposition to the initial design.

The cabinet approved the revised plan Friday, which would cap the price tag at 155 billion yen ($1.3 billion), down from the plan for a 252 billion yen stadium that the government abruptly scrapped in July.

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Australian Olympic Committee Extends Ban on Sleeping Drugs

Australia Olympians for next year's Rio Games will be banned from taking sleeping drugs from the time they're selected for the national team.

In a bid to avoid repeating the controversies of the 2012 London Games, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has tightened restrictions on the use of what it called "hypnotic medications."

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