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Mercedes Disciplines Rosberg after Crash

Nico Rosberg was disciplined by Mercedes on Friday after accepting responsibility for a collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix that deepened the rift between the two rivals for the drivers' title.

The tension between the Mercedes pair ratcheted up Sunday when Hamilton claimed Rosberg had admitted to deliberately driving into him on the second lap of the race at Spa. The crash effectively ended Hamilton's hopes of victory — he sustained a puncture to his tire and had to later retire — and Rosberg placed second to increase his championship lead over Hamilton to 29 points.

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Del Bosque Goes with Youth after World Cup Fiasco

Vicente del Bosque unveiled a rejuvenated Spain squad on Friday after the debacle at this summer's World Cup and the retirement of three key players from the team's most successful era.

While stalwarts Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso and David Villa retired from international competition after Spain flopped in its world title defense, Del Bosque has also dropped mainstays Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina and Juan Mata.

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Alonso Calls Bayern Move Toughest Decision

Spain's midfield hero Xabi Alonso said Friday that moving from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich had been the toughest decision of his career and that the Spanish club had wanted him to stay.

Alonso spoke about his "new adventure" after Real confirmed that it had reached agreement with the German champions for a transfer that Spanish media said was worth 10 million euros ($13 million).

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North Korea Yanks Cheerleaders for Asian Games

North Korea said Friday it won't send cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in rival South Korea, blaming what it called Seoul's hostility for reversing a decision to dispatch the women dubbed by South Korean media as a "squad of beauties."

Many South Koreans were infatuated in past years with the cheer squads of mostly young North Korean women that came south, often lavishing more attention on them than on the North's athletes. Before her marriage, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's wife was on a 2005 squad. Analysts say the North's decision suggests that the country may not continue an earlier push to improve ties with South Korea.

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Alessandro Del Piero Joins ISL Side Delhi Dynamos

Alessandro Del Piero has joined Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos.

The 39-year-old forward, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, confirmed the move on Thursday via his Twitter account, adding that he will also be an ambassador for the new league.

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Pacquiao Eying World Peace for his Hoop Team

Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in recruiting former NBA All Star Metta World Peace to the Filipino boxing champion's newest venture — professional basketball.

Pacquiao has become playing coach of the newly-formed KIA Sorentos in the Philippine Basketball Association, adding to his other careers as a world champion boxer and local congressman.

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Djokovic, Serena, Murray Sail Through on New York Breeze

Novak Djokovic reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the 25th consecutive time while Serena Williams racked up her 80th U.S. Open win as the top seeds eased into the third round on Thursday.

They were joined in the last 32 by 2012 winner Andy Murray and reigning Wimbledon women's champion Petra Kvitova.

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Ronaldo Named European Player of the Year

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was on Thursday named European Footballer of the Year, the Portuguese striker topping the journalists' poll ahead of Germany's World Cup winner Manuel Neuer and Dutchman Arjen Robben.

Ronaldo is the fourth recipient of the award, succeeding Franck Ribery, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

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Real Draw Liverpool, Barca Get PSG in Champions League

Champions Real Madrid will play five-time former winners Liverpool while fellow Spanish giants Barcelona plucked big-spending Paris Saint-Germain as the Champions League group stage draw was made in Monaco on Thursday.

But the most mouth-watering draw saw 2013 champions Bayern Munich paired with Manchester City, Roma and CSKA Moscow in Group E.

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Platini: Europe Deserves 1 Extra World Cup Place

Europe deserves an extra team at the next World Cup, UEFA President Michel Platini said Thursday.

Platini pledged to ask FIFA for the extra spot because Germany's World Cup victory in Brazil made it three straight titles for Europe. Italy won in 2006 and Spain four years ago.

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