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Rain Postpones All of Tuesday's U.S. Open Matches

A little after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Rafael Nadal settled in at a table in the U.S. Open players' cafeteria and sprinkled some salt on his lunch of salmon and rice.

The day's work for the defending champion was complete, consisting of a 1½-hour practice session indoors at Flushing Meadows instead of his scheduled fourth-round match outdoors, because steady rain washed out all of Tuesday's action.

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Spain, Italy Qualify for Euro 2012

Spain and Italy sealed their places at Euro 2012 with two qualifying games to spare on Tuesday while England moved closer to next year's finals after beating Wales in a game at Wembley overshadowed by the death of a Wales fan.

David Villa and Alvaro Negredo scored twice as defending champion Spain thrashed Liechtenstein 6-0 to secure top spot in Group I, and substitute Giampaolo Pazzini's 85th-minute strike earned the Italians a narrow win in Florence that clinched them first place in Group C.

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Poland Football Scare Was a Wake-Up Call for Germany

Coach Joachim Loew said Germany's last-minute 2-2 friendly draw with Poland has given his players a wake-up call as defensive problems loomed again, while the hosts were left to rue the win that got away.

A 94th-minute goal from Brazil-born striker Cacau spared Germany's blushes in Gdansk on Tuesday and denied Poland a historic first win over the Germans at the 17th attempt after the hosts took a dramatic 2-1 lead in the 91st minute.

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Warnock Eyes Beckham for QPR

Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock on Wednesday dropped the biggest hint yet that the Premier League side are chasing David Beckham.

Newly promoted Rangers, who last month saw ambitious Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes become the majority shareholder, have since consistently been linked with Beckham, who plays for LA Galaxy.

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Lebanon Beats UAE in WCup Qualifying

Lebanon came from a goal down to beat the United Arab Emirates 3-1 on Tuesday in the third round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Lebanon, which was routed 6-0 by South Korea in its opening match in Group B, trailed 1-0 after UAE defender Mahmoud Al Hammadi scored in the 15th minute.

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Terry Eexpects Rooney to Fire England's Euro Bid

England captain John Terry believes Wayne Rooney is back in the kind of sublime form that could turn his side into serious contenders for Euro 2012.

Fabio Capello's team can take another giant step towards qualifying for the finals in Poland and Ukraine if they defeat neighbors Wales at Wembley on Tuesday and Rooney will be expected to lead the charge after ending his international goal drought in Friday's 3-0 win over Bulgaria.

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Williams, Wozniacki Move on in Different Ways

They are two different players and, at times, it looks as if they're playing two different games.

There's the Serena Williams style, filled with intimidation and huge shots. And there's the way Caroline Wozniacki does it, with great hustle and even better conditioning.

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Brazil Subdues 10-Man Ghana in Friendly

Leandro Damiao's first half strike gave Brazil a 1-0 win over 10-man Ghana in a no-holds barred friendly here on Monday.

Damiao got the only goal with a clinical finish as the five-time world champions took advantage of extra space in the Ghana defense following Daniel Opare's dismissal.

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Survivor Stosur into U.S. Open Quarter-Finals

Samantha Stosur lost the battle but won the war, surrendering an historic second-set tiebreaker but recovering to beat Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-7 (15/17), 6-3 Sunday to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals.

Russia's Kirilenko prevailed in what the WTA said was the longest women's singles tiebreaker at a Grand Slam tournament to knot the fourth-round match at a set apiece.

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Nadal in U.S. Open Health Drama, Murray Eases On

Defending champion Rafael Nadal shocked the U.S. Open on Sunday when he collapsed with cramps during a bizarre news conference while Andy Murray stayed on course for a semi-final clash against the Spaniard.

Nadal, 25, was talking to journalists two hours after his third round win over close friend David Nalbandian, when he grimaced in pain, screwed up his eyes and slumped in the back of his chair, feeling his right leg.

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