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  • Pedro denies rejecting Man United offer to avoid Van Gaal

    Pedro denies rejecting Man United offer to avoid Van Gaal

    Reuters
    Pedro denies rejecting Man United offer to avoid Van Gaal

    (Reuters) - Chelsea summer recruit Pedro has dismissed reports that he refused a move to Manchester United because he was averse to working under coach Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. The former Barcelona winger said while United dragged their heels over his transfer, Chelsea were more decisive and the prospect of living in London also influenced his decision. Pedro admitted he did not like the way Van Gaal treated his compatriot Victor Valdes, who has been reportedly training alone and …

  • Bale goal takes Wales closer to first finals since 1958

    Bale goal takes Wales closer to first finals since 1958

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    Bale goal takes Wales closer to first finals since 1958

    By Peter Stevenson NICOSIA (Reuters) - Gareth Bale's late header gave Wales a 1-0 win over Cyprus in their Euro 2016 Group B qualifier on Thursday and kept them on course for their first major finals since the 1958 World Cup. Wales, who have 17 points from seven games, can clinch a place at the finals in France if they beat Israel at home on Sunday. Real Madrid forward Bale gave Cyprus keeper Antonis Giorgallides no chance as he powerfully met Aaron Ramsey's cross from the right after 82 …

  • De Bruyne scores as Belgium get back on track

    De Bruyne scores as Belgium get back on track

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    De Bruyne scores as Belgium get back on track

    Manchester City's new record signing Kevin De Bruyne was on target as Belgium put their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign back on course with a 3-1 victory over Bosnia on Thursday. The home team, who lost at Group B leaders Wales in June, had a wealth of possession but struggled to break down a well-organised Bosnia who also threatened on the counter attack through the menacing Edin Dzeko. Dzeko opened the scoring with his fifth goal against Belgium, floating in a header after Mensur Mujdza was …

  • Crashed drone sparks US Open security scare

    Crashed drone sparks US Open security scare

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    Crashed drone sparks US Open security scare

    A drone crashed at the US Open, causing a match to be interrupted after it flew over the Flushing Meadows complex. "I feared the drone was a bomb," Pennetta told www.tennisworlditalia.com. "At approximately 8:27pm on Thursday, a drone flying from the east flew into the southwest corner of Louis Armstrong Stadium during the Flavia Pennetta vs. Monica Niculescu match," said a tournament spokesman. …

  • Waning Rooney on brink of England history

    Waning Rooney on brink of England history

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    Waning Rooney on brink of England history

    It is telling that although he stands on the verge of becoming England's all-time leading goal-scorer, Wayne Rooney's standing in the game remains a matter of debate. Ahead of back-to-back Euro 2016 qualifiers away to San Marino, on Saturday, and at home to Switzerland, on Tuesday, Rooney needs two goals to surpass Bobby Charlton's tally of 49, which has stood for 45 years. Aside from a well taken hat-trick at Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off round, Rooney has cut a sluggish …