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Wenger Grateful for Sanchez Double

Arsene Wenger singled-out two-goal Alexis Sanchez for praise after Arsenal avoided their worst-ever start to a season under their French manager with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Sunderland.

Chile international Sanchez, a £30 million ($50.4 million, 37.6 million euros) pre-season signing from Barcelona, took his tally to eight goals in 15 appearances for the Gunners.

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Roma Offer Chance to Juve in Scoreless Samp Draw

Serie A title challengers Roma dropped two precious points in a scoreless draw away to high-flying Sampdoria that could see Juventus restore their three-point gap at the top of the table.

Roma traveled to Genoa looking for a positive result following the humiliation of a 7-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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Real Madrid Beats Barca on Suarez Debut

Luis Suarez's Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1 on Saturday thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema.

Playing for the first time in a competitive game since being handed a four- month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, Suarez's Barca career had got off to a flying start as he set up Neymar to slide home the opening goal after just three minutes.

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Racquet-Smashing Serena Wins Wozniacki Thriller

World number one Serena Williams smashed a racquet and recovered from a set down as she overcame stubborn resistance from Caroline Wozniacki in a gripping semi-final at the WTA Finals on Saturday.

The two-time defending champion started poorly but after her racquet paid the price, she dominated the second set and emerged victorious from a tense deciding tie-breaker to win it 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

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UEFA: Serbia Awarded Albania Win but Docked Points

UEFA's disciplinary committee on Friday awarded Serbia a 3-0 victory in their aborted Euro 2016 qualification match with Albania, but deducted them three points.

Albania's football federation responded by saying they would appeal the decision.

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Sharapova's WTA Title Hope and No. 1 Chance Over

Maria Sharapova's hopes of winning the WTA Finals and claiming the year-end No. 1 ranking both ended on Friday despite a three-set victory over Agnieszka Radwanska.

Sharapova needed to win in straight sets to have any chance of progressing in the tournament, and had to win the title if she was to overtake Serena Williams at the top of the rankings.

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Williams Blitzes Bouchard to Keep Finals Hopes Alive

Serena Williams hit back from her embarrassing defeat at the WTA Finals by demolishing Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 to keep her campaign alive in fearsome fashion on Thursday.

After only winning two games against Simona Halep, a grimly focused Williams only lost two against Bouchard as she swept the glamorous Canadian off court and out of the tournament in 58 minutes.

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Thiago Silva and Lucas back in Brazil Squad

Paris Saint-Germain players Thiago Silva and Lucas are back in Brazil's squad for friendlies against Turkey and Austria next month.

It's their first callups by Dunga since he became coach after the World Cup. Lucas was not in the World Cup squad.

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Patience with Balotelli Wearing Thin at Liverpool

At halftime swap of shirts with a Real Madrid player provided the first flashpoint in Mario Balotelli's career at Liverpool.

In truth, it should be the least of the team's worries.

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Wozniacki Beats Radwanska at WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki moved closer to a place in the semifinals at the WTA Finals by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday.

Wozniacki, with two wins from two matches in Singapore, will be assured of a semifinal berth if Maria Sharapova beats Petra Kvitova in the later White Group match.

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