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Man City Cuts Tevez Fine in Half after Union Move

Manchester City reduced its fine of four weeks' wages handed out to Carlos Tevez to just two weeks' pay on Thursday after England's footballers' union backed the player in his dispute with the Premier League club.

City planned to fine Tevez four weeks' salary, which equates to around 800,000 pounds ($1.3 million), after finding him guilty of misconduct over a touchline dispute during a 2-0 loss at Bayern Munich last month.

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Top of the World Wozniacki Crashes Out in Istanbul

Caroline Wozniacki, who celebrated becoming year-end world number one for the second successive year on Wednesday, marked the occasion by crashing out of the WTA Championships on Thursday.

Although the 21-year-old Dane has topped the rankings for fully 64 weeks, she was so outplayed by Petra Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion from the Czech Republic, that she looked anything but the best player in the world.

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Formula One: Stray Dog Spoils India's Big Moment

India's grand entry into Formula One came grinding to a halt on Friday when a stray dog interrupted the first ever practice session at Buddh International Circuit.

After years of planning, hundreds of millions of dollars in expense and frantic work to get facilities ready on time, it was an improbable hitch as the black dog ran onto the track, causing a five-minute delay.

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Wenger Rallying Cry as Arsenal Face Chelsea

Arsene Wenger told Arsenal shareholders on the eve of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea that his team will fight to get their season back on track.

The Gunners travel to Stamford Bridge for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off on the back of four consecutive victories, but it has still only taken them to seventh in the table.

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NBA: Talks on New Contract Set to Continue Friday

NBA players and club owners met for more than seven hours on Thursday and planned to return to the bargaining table Friday morning as talks continued toward a new contract and a possible full season.

A dispute between billionaire owners and millionaire players over how to divide about $4 billion in annual revenues led to a lockout July 1 when the old contract expired, a shutdown that reaches 120 days on Friday.

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Bayern Set to Welcome Back Schweinsteiger

German league leaders Bayern Munich expect to have vice-captain and Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger back in their starting line-up when they host Nuremberg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Schweinsteiger sat out Bayern's 6-0 demolition of second-division Ingolstadt 04 in the German Cup on Wednesday with a heavy cold as coach Jupp Heynckes blooded several promising youngsters.

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Rejuvenated Kaka is Real Lucky Charm

Cristiano Ronaldo's 10 league goals may be the focus of Real Madrid's La Liga title challenge this season, but it's Brazilian superstar Kaka who is the team's lucky charm.

A rejuvenated Kaka has been a key player for Madrid in recent weeks, scoring in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Villarreal as Jose Mourinho's team stretched their winning run to five league games.

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Juventus Not Fooled by Lowly Inter Standing

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio insists the league leaders will not be fooled by Inter Milan's disastrous start to the season when the two meet in the 'Derby of Italy' on Saturday.

Unbeaten Juventus sit a point clear of Udinese and Lazio at the top of Serie A after eight matches while 2010 Champions League winners Inter are fifth from bottom.

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FIFA Completes $1.85B in World Cup TV Deals

FIFA's bumper week of World Cup business was completed with broadcast deals worth $1.85 billion (€1.3 billion) for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, the governing body announced Thursday.

The deals include an estimated $1.2 billion (€0.86 billion) earned from United States broadcast right sales to Fox, Telemundo and Futbol de Primera Radio. Those deals were confirmed last Friday.

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8 Police Injured in Football Clashes in Frankfurt

Police say eight officers were injured in clashes with football fans before the German Cup match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern.

The two clubs have a long history of animosity between their fans. Clashes between rival groups apparently left more people injured but police had no figures.

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