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August 26, 2016 - 8:19am
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Netherlands coach Danny Blind has left Manchester United winger Memphis Depay out of his squad for a friendly against Greece followed by its first World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

Blind also omitted veteran strikers Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke and Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce from his 24-man squad announced on Friday.

Blind appeared to be opting for youth over experience in the qualification campaign for the 2018...

August 26, 2016 - 8:16am
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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up three members of the Olympic silver-medal team for the friendly against Finland and the World Cup qualifier against Norway.

The three include Hoffenheim defender Niklas Suele, who is making his national team debut. The others are midfielders Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen and Max Meyer of Schalke.

The match on Wednesday against Finland in Moenchengladbach is also the farewell game...

August 26, 2016 - 8:00am
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MONACO (AP) — Manchester United was given a tough Europa League group on Friday, being drawn with Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk.

Man United manager Jose Mourinho is typically dismissive of the second-tier competition, but trips to Istanbul, Rotterdam and Ukraine cannot be taken lightly.

Inter Milan, another recent Champions League winner, will play Southampton, Sparta Prague and Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

Ajax once beat...

August 26, 2016 - 7:46am
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All Times EDT

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Colorado at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

San Diego at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.


August 26, 2016 - 7:35am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Former France striker Thierry Henry has been appointed as an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez as the talent-packed team seeks to shake off its underachiever tag.

Belgium went into the European Championship in France as a title favorite, but was shocked by Wales 3-1 in the quarterfinals.

Martinez, announcing his first squad since taking over from Marc Wilmots after Euro 2016, said on Friday that Henry, France's all-time...

August 26, 2016 - 7:27am
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MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — A high school near Cleveland is forfeiting its football season opener after suspending several players.

Media outlets in Cleveland report the school has been investigating possible hazing during an overnight summer football camp in July.

Lake Catholic High School in Mentor confirms that it has forfeited its game against Toledo St. John's Jesuit that had been scheduled for Saturday night.

The school says...

August 26, 2016 - 7:27am
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African judge dismissed an appeal by prosecutors for a harsher against Oscar Pistorius who was found guilty of murder for killing his girlfriend in 2013.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that the state's appeal to extend the six-year sentence against the 29-year-old double amputee Olympic sprinter had a limited prospect of success.

Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of February 14. He claimed he...

August 26, 2016 - 7:22am
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo will sit out Portugal's first games since it won the European Championship as he continues his recovery from a knee injury sustained in that tournament's final.

The Portugal captain hasn't yet played this season for his club Real Madrid, and wasn't called up on Friday for Portugal friendly against Gibraltar on Sept. 1, and first World Cup qualifier against Switzerland five days later.

Making up for his...

August 26, 2016 - 7:20am
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Belarusian weightlifter who was mysteriously withdrawn from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been suspended for alleged "urine substitution" in a doping sample.

The International Weightlifting Federation says Stanislav Chadovich is provisionally suspended awaiting a ruling on allegations of using substitute urine to fool a drug test.

At the Olympics, Chadovich was to compete in the men's 62-kilogram category and was...

August 26, 2016 - 6:39am
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MADRID (AP) — New Spain coach Julen Lopetegui dropped longtime captain Iker Casillas on Friday for the start of 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Casillas has a team-record 167 matches for Spain, although the 35-year-old goalkeeper didn't play a minute of the European Championship because he was David de Gea's backup.

Lopetegui said Casillas could return to the team, however.

"Iker is an icon, both past and present, but in this case we...

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