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Messi Among Barca No-Shows for U.S. Tour

Lionel Messi, a two-time FIFA Player of the Year, is among several Barcelona players who will not play for the reigning UEFA Champions League winners in their upcoming three-match American tour.

The Spanish side's star striker will be rested after playing in the Copa America this month for Argentina, which flopped and parted ways on Monday with coach Sergio Batista after a disappointing quarter-final exit on home soil.

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Bayern Munich Relief After Ribery Injury

German giants Bayern Munich breathed a sigh of relief Sunday after an injury sustained by French international Franck Ribery in pre-season training turned out to be not as serious as feared.

Ribery, who has been beset with injuries since joining the Bundesliga club in 2007, had to be taken off the field in a golf cart with his left ankle heavily bandaged on Sunday and visibly in pain.

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Balotelli Gets into Row with City Manager Mancini

Mario Balotelli's failed trick shot sparked a heated row with manager Roberto Mancini that took the luster off Manchester City's penalty shootout win over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Italian striker with a hot-headed reputation scored the lone goal in regulation for City but was relegated to the showers by the time the teams went to a penalty shootout to decide the exhibition match.

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Evans Tour de France Win Hailed in Australia

Cadel Evans' historic Tour de France win was hailed Monday as one of Australia's finest ever sporting achievements, ranked alongside Rod Laver's tennis exploits and their America's Cup yachting triumph.

The 34-year-old fulfilled his lifelong quest by securing the title, 30 years after pioneering compatriot Phil Anderson paved the way for dozens of young Australians by becoming the first non-European to pull on the yellow jersey.

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Forlan Leads Uruguay to Record 15th Copa America

Uruguay defeated Paraguay 3-0 on Sunday to win a record 15th Copa America with striker Diego Forlan grabbing two goals to take his international tally to 31 and complete an incredible family story.

Liverpool attacker Luis Suarez, the player of the tournament, was also on target as Uruguay claimed a first continental crown since 1995 and broke their all-time Copa title tie of 14 which they held with Argentina.

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Lebanon Beats Bangladesh in World Cup Qualifier

Two goals in each half helped Lebanon beat Bangladesh 4-0 in the first leg of their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Hassan Maatouk opened the scoring in the 16th minute and then Mahmoud El Ali found the net 11 minutes later.

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Ribery Injured in Bayern Training

French international Franck Ribery had to be taken off the field in a golf cart after hurting himself during a Bayern Munich training session on Sunday, the German club said.

Ribery, who has been beset with injuries since joining the Bundesliga giants in 2007, fell to the ground in a challenge and was taken away with his left ankle heavily bandaged and still visibly in pain, Bayern Munich said.

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Diving: China Complete Historic Clean Sweep

Qiu Bo clinched China's breathtaking clean sweep of the world championships diving events Sunday as the hosts put the final seal on a decade of dominance.

Qiu's last 10m platform dive -- a mesmerizing, backwards 2.5 somersault with 2.5 twist, in the pike position -- was the cue for joyful celebrations at Crescent Lagoon, where China collected all 10 titles.

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Famed Spanish Matador Returns After Brutal Goring

If Ernest Hemingway were alive, Spanish bullfighter Jose Tomas would likely be a hero of one of his novels.

Brave and fearless, but an introvert to the point of being a hermit, Jose Tomas returns to the bull ring Saturday in Spain's eastern city of Valencia after a year recovering from a goring in Mexico that almost killed him.

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China Finishes 1-2 in 3-Meter Diving at World Championships

Wu Mingxia narrowly won the women's 3-meter title at the world championships, holding off teammate He Zi by 1.7 points to give China its ninth gold medal and 13th overall in diving.

Wu totaled 380.85 points in the five-dive round Saturday, while He finished with 379.15.

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