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Lewis Hamilton Avoiding War of Words

Lewis Hamilton admits that he "shut himself up" after his close encounter with Michael Schumacher at Monza -- to avoid a war of words in the media.

The 26-year-old Englishman, who was locked in a thrilling and sometimes dangerous battle with the seven-time world champion in Italy earlier this month, said he wanted to have a peaceful life and to avoid controversy.

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Alonso Sets Sights on Party-Pooping Victory

Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa believe they can both finish on the podium in the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend and delay Sebastian Vettel's double world title celebrations.

Two-times world and Singapore winner Alonso is aiming for a hat-trick of Marina Bay victories as Massa is bidding to return to the podium for the first time this year.

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Ranieri Vows to Bring Back Real Inter

New Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri has vowed to get the team back to playing their best again following their disastrous start under Gian Piero Gasperini.

Ranieri was speaking on a TV program in the early hours of Thursday morning before being official unveiled as Inter's new coach in the afternoon.

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Fabregas Strikes to Snatch Draw for Barcelona

A clinical Cesc Fabregas strike rescued a point for champions Barcelona in a 2-2 draw away to top of the table Valencia on Wednesday.

After the first weekend of fixtures there had been complaints that La Liga was already a two-horse race as both Barca and Real Madrid won by large margins.

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English Football Protégé Suspended for Racism

Austrian first division club Wiener Neustadt announced Thursday they have suspended a gifted young footballer from their team for racism.

English-born Nikon 'El Maestro', whose parents are from Serbia, was suspended for using video-sharing site YouTube to post racist songs and texts written by the 18-year-old himself.

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Valencia's Rami for Man-to-Man Job on Messi

Valencia's French center-back Adil Rami says the only way to stop Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is to try a spot of man-to-man marking.

"I think you'd have to put a quick and gifted player on Messi who would follow him wherever he goes. We'd lose a player -- but then so would they," Rami told Wednesday's El Pais daily.

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Iran Beats S. Korea in Asian Basketball Championships

Iran's charismatic point guard Mahdi Kamrany scored 15 points and dished out five assists as the defending champions remained undefeated at the Asian Basketball Championships Wednesday, beating South Korea 79-62 in a fast-paced match.

Kamrany hit three three pointers as he directed Iran's offence, while Memphis Grizzlies centre Hamed Haddadi had 17 points and 11 rebounds and guard Aren Davoudichegani scored 10.

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Gasperini Sacked as Inter Milan Coach

Inter Milan on Wednesday sacked Gian Piero Gasperini from his coaching role following the previous day's 3-1 Serie A defeat at newly-promoted Novara.

The club has been put in the temporary charge of assistants Giuseppe Baresi and Daniele Bernazzani.

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Hernandez to Return to Training

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is set to resume training this week after avoiding serious injury in a late tackle by Ashley Cole in Sunday's defeat of Chelsea, the player's agent has confirmed.

Eduardo Hernandez said the Mexican international had suffered no more than a "bump" after the challenge by Cole which left United manager Alex Ferguson demanding a red card.

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Arsenal Chief Rules Out Wenger Sack 'Nonsense'

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis rubbished criticism of under fire manager Arsene Wenger on Tuesday and ruled out any moves to replace the Gunners boss.

Wenger is currently enduring the most difficult period of his 15-year reign at Arsenal, having seen the club suffer a humiliating 8-2 defeat at Manchester United and winning only one of their first five games.

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