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Real Madrid Unload Unwanted Trio

Real Madrid parted company Wednesday with three players -- winger Pedro Leon and midfielders Fernando Gago and Royston Drenthe -- who coach Jose Mourinho has made clear have no place in his squad.

The club loaned Leon back to his former club Getafe with the option to buy at the end of the season, the two clubs said in a statement.

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South Korea Eager to Right Ship against Lebanon

South Korea's first 2014 World Cup qualification match against Lebanon on Friday will be an opportunity for the team to put behind it a painful few months.

Korea's last game was a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the home of bitter rival Japan on August 10, prompting the first real criticism of coach Cho Kwang-rae from the domestic media since he took the job a year earlier.

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Elia Joins Juventus, Inter Chasing Palacio

Juventus has acquired Netherlands winger Eljero Elia from Hamburger SV for €9 million ($13 million) in one of the biggest moves on the final day of the transfer market in Italy.

Juventus says Wednesday that Elia's price could rise to €10 million ($14.4 million) depending on bonuses, adding that it has signed the player to a four-year contract.

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Kvitova Flops, Sharapova, Federer Through

Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova crumbled in the first round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, as Maria Sharapova showed her championship mettle with a battling victory.

Kvitova tumbled out of the tournament at the hands of unheralded Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru while Sharapova -- who she beat for the Wimbledon crown -- eked out a three-set win over British teenager Heather Watson.

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Argentina 'Serious' About Venezuela Tie

New Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has described his team's clash with Venezuela in India on Friday as more than just a friendly because expectations are so high.

"It is an extremely important match both for me and the team. There are huge expectations from us back home and it is a big responsibility," Sabella told Tuesday's Times of India ahead of the match in Kolkata.

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70-Year-Old Bids to Become Oldest to Swim The Channel

A 70-year-old grandfather waded into the chilly sea on Tuesday in a bid to become the oldest person to swim across the English Channel.

Roger Allsopp set off from Shakespeare Beach in Dover, southeast England, at 8:00am (0700 GMT), heading for Cap Gris-Nez on the northeast French coast, some 21 miles (34 kilometers) away.

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Red Bull Scared for Drivers' Lives at Spa

Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey revealed he was scared for his drivers' lives in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix - after sending them out to race on potentially-dangerous tires.

Newey experienced death at close quarters in 1994 when he designed the Williams car in which Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna was killed at the San Marino Grand Prix.

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Rooney Hat Trick Helps Man United Rout Arsenal 8-2

Manchester United handed Arsenal its heaviest loss under Arsene Wenger on Sunday with Wayne Rooney scoring a hat trick in a humiliating 8-2 drubbing in the Premier League that only compounded the London club's early-season troubles.

Having seen cross-city rival Manchester City thrash Tottenham 5-1 earlier in the day, United responded in style with Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck, Nani and Park Ji-sung joining Rooney on the scoresheet.

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Schumacher Learns to Enjoy Finishing 5th

Michael Schumacher has rarely been so content with a fifth-place finish in his distinguished Formula One career, but after starting Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix in last place he had good reason to be happy this time.

The seven-time former F1 champion had crashed his car during the first lap of Saturday's qualifying session, dampening his mood as he celebrated his 20th anniversary in the sport on the Spa track where he made his debut in 1991.

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Sebastian Vettel Wins Belgian Grand Prix

Defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel won the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to strengthen his overall lead with seven races remaining.

Vettel started from pole position to win his seventh race of the season and 17th of his career. The German led Red Bull to a 1-2 finish with Mark Webber finishing close behind.

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