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Don't Expect Miracles from Di Maria, Van Gaal Says

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says instant miracles shouldn't be expected from Angel Di Maria.

After missing out on European football this season with a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Premier League in May, United slumped to a 4-0 loss to third-tier club MK Dons in the League Cup on Tuesday.

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What to Watch in Basketball World Cup Group Stage

The U.S. and Spain played a pair of classics in the last two Olympic gold-medal games — the Americans winning both — and fans would love to see them meet again in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

That could only happen if they both reach the September 14 championship game in Madrid, as the world's No. 1 and No. 2 teams are on opposite sides of the bracket for the 24-team tournament.

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Olivier Giroud Facing 4 Months out for Arsenal

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud faces four months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a broken tibia.

The France international was injured in a 2-2 draw with Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, seconds after scoring.

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Bulgarians Win CL Shootout with Defender in Goal

Bulgarian club Ludogorets reached the Champions League group stage for the first time Wednesday when a defender saved two penalties in a shootout after the team's goalkeeper was sent off late in extra time.

On a night when Arsenal, Athletic Bilbao and Bayer Leverkusen all qualified for Europe's top competition, Ludogorets center back Cosmin Moti upstaged everyone with his heroics in Sofia.

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Sharapova, Wawrinka Reach U..S Open Third Round

French Open champion Maria Sharapova and Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka survived some shaky moments Wednesday to book their third-round berths at the U.S. Open.

Sharapova, who lifted her fifth Grand Slam title at Roland Garros this year, fought back from a set down in a gritty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over 95th-ranked Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru.

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Lampard Retires from England, with Tech his Legacy

Despite never winning a trophy with the so-called "golden generation," Frank Lampard retired from England duty on Tuesday having provided his greatest legacy to football in one game he'd rather forget.

The midfielder prompted the introduction of goal-line technology when he was denied a clear goal in England's humiliating 4-1 loss to Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

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Man United Signs Angel Di Maria for $99 Million

Manchester United broke the British transfer-fee record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) on Tuesday, extending a summer spending spree that was sparked by its most disappointing season in a generation.

The 26-year-old Di Maria joined on a five-year contract, taking United's spending to about 130 million pounds ($215 million) in the summer transfer window as England's most successful club seeks to revive its fortunes under new manager Louis van Gaal.

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CiCi Bellis, 15, Youngest U.S. Open Winner since '96

While 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of stunning a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside.

Like many a teen, CiCi has strict rules for Dad in public — even if his 1,208th-ranked daughter is pulling out a back-and-forth 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory Tuesday over 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the first round at Flushing Meadows.

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Azarenka Rallies to 3-Set Win in U.S. Open 1st Round

Pushed deep into a corner, Victoria Azarenka swung from defense to offense with a wicked cross-court backhand winner.

A few moments earlier, she was teetering on the edge of a straight-set loss in the first round of the U.S. Open. Now she pumped both her fists and screamed with all the momentum on her side.

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Man United Humbled in League Cup by 3rd Tier Dons

In just his third match in charge of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal oversaw one of the most humiliating losses in the club's illustrious history on Tuesday.

The record 20-time English champions timidly capitulated to MK Dons, losing 4-0 to the third-tier club in the second round of the League Cup.

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