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Mertesacker Demands Arsenal Aggression in United Showdown

Per Mertesacker has challenged Arsenal to show more aggression as they look to recover from their latest European flop in Sunday's showdown with Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Arsene Wenger's side suffered an embarrassing 3-2 home defeat against Olympiakos in midweek that left them in severe danger of missing out on a place in the Champions League knock-out stages for the first time in 16 years.

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Kerr Takes Leave from Coaching NBA Champions

Steve Kerr is stepping aside from his job as coach of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to focus on his recovery from two back surgeries in the past three months.

The NBA team announced Thursday that Kerr would take a leave of absence to continue his rehabilitation from surgery to fix a ruptured disc in July and another operation last month.

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Nadal Says Djokovic 'Difficult to Equal'

Rafael Nadal heaped praise on longstanding rival Novak Djokovic Thursday for playing at a level "difficult to equal" ahead of an exhibition match between the pair in Bangkok.

The Spaniard, who ended the season without a Grand Slam title for the first time since 2004, congratulated the top-ranking Serbian for his "amazing" run culminating in last month's US Open title, his third major of the year.

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Dortmund Can't Match Bayern over a Season, Says CEO

Borussia Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke insists his side are not capable of ending Bayern Munich's domination over the course of a Bundesliga season, ahead of Sunday's top-of-the-table clash.

German league leaders Bayern host second-placed Dortmund at Munich's Allianz Arena with Borussia four points behind Pep Guardiola's Bavarians, who have won all seven league games so far this season.

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History-Maker Ronaldo Casts Doubt on Madrid Future

Cristiano Ronaldo refused to commit his future to Real Madrid just hours after becoming the club's joint leading scorer of all time with two goals on Wednesday.

Ronaldo equaled Raul's record of 323 goals for the Spanish giants in their 2-0 Champions League win over Malmo despite Raul playing over 400 games more for Los Blancos than the Portuguese star, who also passed 500 career goals on the night.

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Button Staying on at McLaren

Former world champion Jenson Button is to stay on at McLaren for next season, ending speculation that he was about to retire from Formula One racing.

"McLaren-Honda is happy to confirm that Jenson Button will race for the team in 2016," team chief Ron Dennis announced.

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Serena Withdraws from China Open and WTA Finals

World number one Serena Williams announced Thursday her withdrawal from next week's China Open in Beijing and the WTA Finals in Singapore, ending her season.

"I am taking a proactive step and withdrawing from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health and take the time to heal," the 21- time Grand Slam winner said in a statement.

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Roma Stunned in 3-2 Defeat to BATE in Champions League

Two goals from fullback Filip Mladenovic powered Belarusian underdog BATE Borisov to a surprise 3-2 win over Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday.

BATE was three goals up after 30 minutes, helped by a dose of good fortune in the Group E match.

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Porto Beats Chelsea 2-1 in Champions League

Maicon scored the winner as FC Porto beat Chelsea 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday and heaped more misery on Jose Mourinho's team.

Yacine Brahimi helped put Porto ahead in the 39th minute when he beat Branislav Ivanovic on the left, and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could only push away his shot as far as Andre Andre, who volleyed into the net.

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Olympiakos Stuns Arsenal 3-2 in Champions League

A goalkeeping blunder by David Ospina helped Olympiakos beat Arsenal 3-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday and leave the Gunners in real danger of its first group-stage exit in 16 years.

Ospina fumbled a corner over his line to give the visitors a 2-1 first-half lead, and substitute Alfred Finnbogason scored the winner in the 66th minute — almost immediately after Alexis Sanchez had drawn Arsenal level.

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