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Mancini Strips Tevez of City Captaincy

Carlos Tevez's 'love hate' relationship with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini took another turn for the worse on Saturday as the Argentinian was permanently stripped of the captaincy.

Tevez - who has recently spoken of his turbulent relations with Mancini - has been replaced by Belgian central defender Vincent Kompany, skipper in their three Premier League matches this season.

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Wenger: Hell Holds No Fear for Me after Recent Events

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confessed that the last few traumatic weeks have been like living in hell.

The 61-year-old Frenchman's close season and early part of the campaign has been the most turbulent period in his 15 years in charge with even his future at the club being cast into some doubt especially after the 8-2 hammering by Manchester United a fortnight ago.

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Nadal, Murray Complete All-Star U.S. Open Semi-Finals

Defending champion Rafael Nadal and world number four Andy Murray guaranteed a U.S. Open Super Saturday line-up on Friday, completing an all-star, top-four lockout of the semi-final places.

Second seed Nadal cruised past 2003 champion Andy Roddick, the American 21st seed, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 and will tackle Murray for a place in Monday's final.

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Gattuso Given All Clear Despite Double Vision

AC Milan's veteran midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was given the all clear after undergoing tests to try to resolve a double vision problem he's been suffering from.

The 33-year-old was forced off after just 20 minutes of Friday night's 2-2 draw with Lazio in Serie A following a collision with team-mate Alessandro Nesta.

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Armenia Offered Three Million Euros to Reach Euro

Armenian football federation president Ruben Airapetyan has promised the national squad a three-million-euro bonus if they secure qualification for the Euro-2012 finals, local media reported Friday.

After eight of their 10 qualifying matches Armenia sit third in Group B on 14 points, one behind the Republic of Ireland and three behind leaders Russia. Slovakia are fourth, also on 14 points.

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Ferguson Calls for De Gea Protection

Sir Alex Ferguson wants to see his new Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea offered more protection from referees as he adjusts to life in the Premier League.

The 20-year-old Spaniard has endured a mixed start to his career in English football, making errors in games against Manchester City and West Brom, as well as demonstrating why he is one of the world's best young goalkeepers.

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Vettel on Top After Second Free Practice

Defending champion Sebastian Vettel bounced back after a disappointing morning to top the times in Friday's second free practice session for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Red Bull driver and runaway leader of this year's title race clocked a best time of one minute and 24.010 to outpace nearest rival Lewis Hamilton of McLaren by 0.036sec.

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Zanetti Eyes Title and Inter Appearance Record

Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has set his sights on overtaking Giuseppe Bergomi's appearance record for the club and reclaiming the Serie A title.

For the first time in years Inter don't start the new season as favorites but the 38-year-old Argentine says within the club they see things differently.

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U.S. Open Hit by 2nd Consecutive Day of Rain

Unhappy about being sent out to play at the rain-soaked U.S. Open, a trio of tennis stars — Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray — marched from their courts to the tournament referee's office to voice their complaints.

A second consecutive morning-to-evening damp day at Flushing Meadows washed out all but about 15 minutes of action Wednesday, leaving nerves frayed and the schedule in disarray.

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Barcelona, Madrid Set to Resume League Domination

Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to resume their domination in the Spanish league this weekend, as their rivals band together to level the financial playing field against the two giants.

Spain's traditional powerhouses recorded lopsided victories in the opening league round and could very well do so again Saturday as Barcelona is at Real Sociedad and Madrid welcomes Getafe in a Spanish capital derby.

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