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Coentrao, Sahin Return to Madrid Training

Real Madrid welcomed Portugal full-back Fabio Coentrao and Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin back to training after injury on Tuesday, on the eve of their home league clash with struggling Villarreal.

Coentrao has been named in the squad for the game at the Santiago Bernabeu after missing the 4-0 wins against Lyon and Malaga with a knee injury.

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Herd Red Card Dismissed

Aston Villa defender Chris Herd has won his appeal against his red card from last weekend's clash with West Brom, the Football Association confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.

Herd was given his marching orders by referee Phil Dowd for an alleged stamp on Jonas Olsson during Villa's 2-1 defeat to the Baggies on Saturday.

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Balotelli Heads Firework Safety Drive

Just days after being forced to flee his burning home after some late-night pyrotechnics that went wrong, Mario Balotelli has emerged as the unlikely face of a firework safety campaign.

The 21-year-old Manchester City star, who scored twice in the 6-1 demolition of Manchester United on Sunday, has denied being responsible for setting off the fireworks which triggered Saturday's blaze.

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Sharapova Looks for Golden Final Flourish

Maria Sharapova will crown one of tennis's most unlikely comebacks if she regains the title at the $5,000,000 WTA Championships which start on Tuesday.

Sharapova has gradually worked her way back to world number two after an operation in 2008 on a rotator cuff, the kind of shoulder injury from which most players never fully recover.

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Puyol to Miss Granada Trip

Defender Carles Puyol will miss Barcelona’s game at Granada on Tuesday as a precaution due to a problem in his groin area.

Gerard Pique will also be out as the center back continues his recovery from a leg injury.

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Chicharito Signs with Man United until 2016

Javier Hernandez has signed a new contract with Manchester United, tying the Mexico striker to the Premier League side until the end of the 2015-16 season.

United said Monday that the 23-year-old Hernandez, who was initially signed from Chivas in July 2010 only as a long-term prospect, had committed to a five-year deal.

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Bayern Will Bounce Back, Insists Heynckes

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has insisted the German league leaders will bounce back after a shock 2-1 defeat at Hanover ended their 13-match unbeaten run.

Both sides had a player sent off in Sunday's bad-tempered match, which resulted in Bayern suffering only their second defeat of the season.

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Indian Debut Race Not Sold-Out

Tickets for India's inaugural Grand Prix have not sold out, prompting organizers to slash prices in an effort to fill the 120,000-capacity circuit.

On Monday, tickets were still available online in all but the cheapest category -- the 2,500-rupee ($55) area.

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Ronaldo Eyes Real Madrid 100-Goal Mark

Cristiano Ronaldo hit form with a hat-trick as Real Madrid tore apart Malaga 4-0 at the weekend and now he has his sights set on breaking the 100-goal mark for the Spanish giants against Villarreal.

While his fellow strikers were scoring freely with Gonzalo Higuain having hit three consecutive hat-tricks -- including one for Argentina -- going into the Malaga game, Ronaldo had been going through a dry patch.

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Monfils Looks for Paris Boost from Stockholm Win

Frenchman Gael Monfils hopes to ride the momentum of his Stockholm Open title into a long-sought trophy at his home Paris Masters next month.

The world number 10 claimed his first title in a year on Sunday when he defeated Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to earn the crown in the Swedish capital in his debut.

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