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Pirlo Wants to Make an Impact in MLS

Italian great Andrea Pirlo says it's not his reputation that will help raise interest in Major League Soccer but his performance on the pitch with new club New York City FC.

"I haven't come here to go on retirement," the 36-year-old Italian World Cup-winner said as he met the press in New York this week.

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Wenger Dismisses Claims of £200m Transfer Warchest

Arsene Wenger has dismissed a boast from Arsenal director Lord Harris that the Gunners can afford to buy virtually any player in the world.

After several years of caution in the transfer market due to the cost of moving to the Emirates Stadium, Harris was quoted this week as saying Arsenal have a surplus of around £200 million that Wenger can dip into to bolster his squad.

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Victorious Farah Thanks Fans for Faith in Tough Times

Mo Farah thanked the British public for supporting him through a difficult time after being roared to victory in the fastest 3000m time of the year at the London Diamond League meeting on Friday.

It was his first race on home soil since doping allegations were made against his coach Alberto Salazar.

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Ronaldo Dazzles as Real Madrid Rip Man City apart

Cristiano Ronaldo was at his dazzling best as Real Madrid proved a different class to Manchester City winning 4-1 before a record crowd in the International Champions Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.

World footballer of the year Ronaldo showed his sublime skills and was among the goalscorers as Real demolished the 2014 English Premier League champions in a blistering first half performance before more than 99,000 fans at the vast stadium.

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Sauber Confirms Ericsson and Nasr as next Year's Drivers

Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson and Brazilian Felipe Nasr can build on a promising first season together with both drivers handed new contracts with Sauber for next year.

Nasr impressed from the outset in his first Formula One campaign, securing fifth place at the Australian Grand Prix in his first race.

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Two Stages down, Two to Go in Alps for Froome on Tour

The road snaked back and forth like spaghetti stuck to a wall, 18 hairpin bends, climbed for the first time in the 112-year history of the Tour de France.

Curiously, there were no crowds on this spectacular vista just perfect for the television age. Police decided that the three-kilometer (two-mile) stretch of bends piled one on top of each other up an Alpine cliff, was simply too narrow to let in spectators who line pretty much every other inch of cycling's toughest race.

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Hulk Replaced at World Cup Draw after Racism Comments

Brazilian striker Hulk has been withdrawn from his role in this weekend's 2018 World Cup draw, four days after saying racism is commonplace in host nation Russia.

FIFA said Hulk had been replaced due to "club commitments" with Zenit St. Petersburg, which visits Ural Yekaterinburg in the Russian Premier League on Sunday, a day after Saturday's draw ceremony.

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Gabby Douglas Right on Schedule for Golden Return

Gabby Douglas is exasperated. Again and again and again the defending women's Olympic all-around champion emphatically slaps her right hand on one of the picnic tables that sit just past the front desk at Buckeye Gymnastics, the latest home in her nomadic career.

The 19-year-old isn't angry, exactly. She's just over the skepticism surrounding a "comeback" she insists isn't a comeback at all.

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Chile's Vidal to Swap Juventus for Bayern

Chilean international midfielder Arturo Vidal is set to join Bayern Munich in the coming days, subject to a medical, according to the German champions' president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern are set to pay around 35 million euros (£24.6m; $38.5m dollars) for the 28-year-old Juventus star who will leave the Italian champions after four successful years.

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Benitez Says Ramos '100 Percent' Staying at Real

Manager Rafael Benitez said Thursday he is "100 percent" confident skipper Sergio Ramos will stay at Real Madrid amid fevered speculation linking him with Manchester United.

Spain international Ramos has been linked to United in a swap deal with Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, but Benitez made it clear the defender was going nowhere.

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