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Fans Pay Respects to Simoncelli in Public Viewing

Thousands of fans are lining up in the rain to pay their final respects to MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli during a public viewing in the city theater of his hometown.

Simoncelli died of chest, head and neck injuries after he lost control of his Honda during Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix and swerved across the track, straight into the path of American rider Colin Edwards and seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi of Italy.

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Injured Barcelona Forward Pedro Out for 2-3 Weeks

Barcelona says further medical scans have ruled forward Pedro Rodriguez out for up to three weeks.

The Spain international twisted awkwardly on his left leg in Tuesday's 1-0 win at Granada and immediately came off with an ankle injury.

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New Jersey to Host F1 Grand Prix in 2013

Formula One will boast two U.S. races from 2013 when the Grand Prix of America will debut in New Jersey, governor Chris Christie announced on Tuesday.

"I'm pleased that New Jersey will play host to Formula One beginning 2013, bringing one of the world's most popular and exciting sports right to our backyard," said Christie, who added that talks over "a number of months" had yielded a deal to hold the event for a decade.

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AC Milan Raises Allegri's Salary

Italian champion AC Milan has reportedly increased coach Massimiliano Allegri's salary by €500,000 ($700,000), but will wait until the end of the season before deciding on a possible renewal.

The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Milan vice president Adriano Galliani called Allegri in for a meeting last week and raised the manager's salary from €1.5 million ($2.1 million) to €2 million ($2.8 million) per year.

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Police Arrest 15 in Dortmund Violence

Police say 15 people were arrested and several injured in clashes between officers and Dynamo Dresden supporters at a German Cup match at Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund won Tuesday's match 2-0 and advanced to the third round. Dresden's supporters clashed with police before, during and after the match. Two officers were among the injured.

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Putin Opposed Neuer Sale, Says Schalke Chief

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wanted to block Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's switch from Schalke 04 to Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, according to Royal Blues chairman Clemens Toennies.

Neuer, 25, joined Bayern from arch-rivals Schalke in July for a reported fee of 22 million euros ($30.6m).

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Tevez Mulls Mancini Lawsuit

Carlos Tevez is considering suing Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini for defamation in the latest twist to the on-going saga involving the Argentinian striker, it was reported on Wednesday.

Several British media outlets reported Tevez was mulling a lawsuit against Mancini after the 27-year-old was hit with an estimated £1 million ($1.6m) fine for his stand-off with the Italian in Munich last month.

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Formula One: All Eyes on India for Grand F1 Debut

India makes its grand debut on the glitzy Formula One circuit this week under pressure to deliver a smooth and safe event after twin deaths rocked the world of motorsports.

The lavish F1 roadshow rolls into Greater Noida, a burgeoning satellite of New Delhi, where India will hope to erase memories of last year's chaotic Commonwealth Games with a seamless first race on Buddh International Circuit.

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Fergie Headache as Second String Shine

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his second-string players are giving him a selection headache following Manchester United’s League Cup victory at Aldershot.

Goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia earned a 3-0 win at the Recreation Ground and a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

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First Hoops Fan Obama Raps NBA, Players over Lockout

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday said billionaire NBA owners and millionaire players should think of their fans, bemoaning the labor dispute which has axed the start of the season.

Obama, a hoops enthusiast, also warned that labor stoppages like the one which shuttered the National Basketball Association could take some time to get over.

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