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Valencia Beats Cordoba to Rise to Top in Spain

Valencia remained undefeated and took the lead of the Spanish league on goal difference by beating Cordoba 3-0 on Thursday.

Valencia's fourth win in five rounds lifted it to the top of the table ahead of Barcelona and Sevilla on goal difference.

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Udinese 3rd in Serie A Following 1-0 Win at Lazio

Udinese moved into third place in the Serie A with a 1-0 win at Lazio on Thursday.

Forward Cyril Thereau scored in the 26th minute for the visitors, slotting in from the center of the area between two defenders at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Inter and AC Milan Meet to Discuss San Siro Future

Inter Milan and AC Milan described their first meeting about the future of the San Siro they share as "very positive."

Inter president Erick Thohir had a business lunch with AC Milan vice president Barbara Berlusconi on Thursday. A joint statement by the clubs said the meeting was spent "mainly discussing the stadium and reiterating their desire to pursue their targets for development and growth."

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UEFA Probes Liverpool, Inter for Overspending

UEFA has opened formal investigations into overspending by Liverpool and Inter Milan and possible breaches of its Financial Fair Play rules.

The former European champions are among seven clubs which qualified for the Champions League or Europa League this season being investigated for "break-even deficits" in the past two financial years.

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Queen's Horse Loses Gold Cup Place over Drug Test

A racehorse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been stripped of a second-place finish in this year's prestigious Gold Cup after testing positive for the banned painkiller morphine.

The source of the positive test given by Estimate has been traced back to contaminated feed, and the horse's trainer Michael Stoute did not face a penalty.

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Qatar Will Put on 'One of Best World Cups'

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, on Thursday said the Gulf state will put on one of the finest World Cups in history when it hosts the tournament in 2022.

Qatar and football's world governing body FIFA are coming under increasing pressure to take the 2022 showpiece away from a country that has little sporting infrastructure or footballing culture, while there have been accusations of bribery in the bidding process.

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Malaga Holds Barcelona to 0-0 Draw in Liga

Lionel Messi failed to take his chances as Barcelona was held to a 0-0 draw by a disciplined and defensive Malaga side in the Spanish league on Wednesday.

Messi missed two opportunities in the first half and never looked comfortable on the ball after the break.

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Juventus and Roma Remain Level atop Serie A

Arturo Vidal scored twice as Juventus comfortably beat Cesena 3-0 on Wednesday to become the first team in Serie A history to win its opening four matches without conceding a goal.

Vidal converted a controversial penalty in the 18th minute. He then found the net from beyond the area in the 64th and Stephan Lichtsteiner added Juve's third in the 85th after a counterattack.

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Chelsea Edges Past Bolton; City Routs Sheff Weds

Chelsea needed Oscar's first goal of the season to beat Bolton 2-1 in the League Cup on Wednesday, while holder Manchester City routed another second-tier side, Sheffield Wednesday, with seven second-half goals.

Oscar secured Chelsea's victory in the second half after 19-year-old Kurt Zouma's debut goal was canceled out by Bolton defender Matt Mills. Chelsea, which leads the Premier League, was immediately drawn to play fourth-tier side Shrewsbury in the fourth round on October 28 or 29.

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Qatar to Push on with Hijab Protest at Asian Games

The Qatari women's basketball team is still hoping for approval to play with their headscarves at the Asian Games, the chief of Qatar's delegation said Thursday, though officials were expected to disqualify the team if it does not relent.

The dispute over the Qatari players' refusal to remove their hijabs — regarded by some as a rule that discriminates against Muslim women — and the subsequent forfeit of a game against Mongolia has created a major stir at the games.

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