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Van Der Vaart Ruled Out for Six Weeks

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart will be sidelined for six weeks after suffering a torn hamstring.

Van der Vaart sustained the injury in his left leg in the closing stages of last Sunday's 5-1 home defeat against Manchester City.

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Park Hat Trick as S. Korea Thrashes Lebanon

A hat trick by new Arsenal signing Park Chu-young lifted South Korea to a 6-0 win over Lebanon in their World Cup qualifier on Friday.

Ji Dong-won of Sunderland also scored twice as Korea outclassed the visitors from start to finish to take an early lead at the top of Group B in the third round of Asian qualifying.

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Spain Coach Denies Barcelona-Real Team Tensions

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said on Friday that conflict between Real Madrid and Barcelona has not spilled over into the national team.

Tensions between the two sides boiled over during last month's Spanish Super Cup.

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Germany, Spain on Brink of Reaching Euro 2012

European powerhouses Germany and Spain are on the brink of reaching Euro 2012 ahead of the latest round of qualifying matches on Friday and Saturday.

World Cup semi-finalists Germany, who have won all seven of their Group A matches to date, will be assured of a place in Poland and Ukraine if they defeat Austria in Gelsenkirchen on Friday evening.

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Bento Brushes Off Carvalho Exit as Cyprus Await

Portugal boss Paulo Bento says his side need to "move on" following the shock exit of Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho just two days before his side take on Cyprus in a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Nicosia.

Portugal, on 10 points, currently top Norway and Denmark in Group H thanks to goal difference and need to secure maximum points against a Cyprus side who stunned them in a 4-4 draw when the two sides first met in September last year.

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Djokovic the Entertainer on Lopsided Day at Open

The crowd was standing and the tension built as the rally got longer and longer.

Could Carlos Berlocq really do it? No, not take down top-seeded Novak Djokovic. Just get a game off him.

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Carvalho Turns his Back on Portugal

Real Madrid center-back Ricardo Carvalho announced on Wednesday that he was turning his back on the Portuguese national team after walking out of their training camp.

"I didn't intend to end my journey like this," explained Carvalho in a statement, where he complained of a "lack of respect" and said his "dignity had been hurt" but did not offer any further explanation.

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Sprint Superstar Bolt Back with Point to Prove

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt looks certain to retain his world 200m crown and banish the demons of his 100m misery but his rivals will gain confidence from the knowledge he is human after all.

The Jamaican has a shot at redemption on the track in South Korea when he launches his 200m bid on Friday, just five days after his dramatic disqualification from the 100m final after a false start.

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Turkey Grand Prix Axed from 2012 Formula One Diary

The Turkish Grand Prix has been axed from the Formula One Grand Prix season for next year after a seven year run.

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone had left a question mark against the Istanbul track when he issued a provisional list of races for next year in July.

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Wenger in Deadline Day Dash for Quartet

Arsene Wenger embarked on a last-ditch spending spree on transfer deadline day as the under-pressure Arsenal boss signed Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker and Yossi Benayoun, while Manchester City completed their shock swoop for injury-plagued midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

Wenger has been feeling the heat since his side's humiliating 8-2 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday and he reacted by splashing out around £24 million on a quartet of new faces on Wednesday.

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