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  • Benteke marks Liverpool debut with spectacular strike

    Benteke marks Liverpool debut with spectacular strike

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    Benteke marks Liverpool debut with spectacular strike

    Christian Benteke struck a superb volley on his debut as Liverpool battled past English third-tier side Swindon Town 2-1 in a friendly at the County Ground on Sunday. Benteke gave Liverpool fans cause for optimism ahead of the new season after scoring a wonderful opening goal against the Wiltshire side. Swindon -- who missed out on promotion to the Championship last season after a 4-0 defeat to Preston North End in the League One play-off final -- matched a strong Liverpool side in an evenly …

  • Five things we learnt from the Community Shield

    Five things we learnt from the Community Shield

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    Five things we learnt from the Community Shield

    Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield on Sunday, securing the first trophy of the new English season and setting the stage for the start of the Premier League next weekend. Cech pays early dividends After enduring years of costly calamities from his goalkeepers, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes his £10 million pre-season swoop for Petr Cech will finally bring some much-needed stability between the posts and the early signs look promising. With Chelsea bombarding the penalty area …

  • British singer and TV host Cilla Black dies at 72

    British singer and TV host Cilla Black dies at 72

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    British singer and TV host Cilla Black dies at 72

    LONDON (AP) — Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died. She was 72. …

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain ends Wenger's Mourinho jinx

    Oxlade-Chamberlain ends Wenger's Mourinho jinx

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    Oxlade-Chamberlain ends Wenger's Mourinho jinx

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed victory over Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho at the 14th attempt as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal gave the FA Cup winners a 1-0 win in Sunday's Community Shield. The England midfielder struck in the 24th minute at a sun-soaked Wembley Stadium to break Mourinho's longstanding hold over his French rival and give Arsenal hope of a sustained assault on Chelsea's Premier League title. While Chelsea improved in the second half, they could not find a way past …

  • Rooney runs out for Everton in Big Dunc testimonial

    Rooney runs out for Everton in Big Dunc testimonial

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    Rooney runs out for Everton in Big Dunc testimonial

    Everton honoured cult hero Duncan Ferguson with a testimonial against Villarreal on Sunday that saw Wayne Rooney make a cameo appearance for his former club. Rooney, who started out with the Toffees before being sold to Manchester United in 2004, put on the blue shirt as he came off the bench to a standing ovation for the final 15 minutes of a match the Spanish side won 2-1 before a crowd of almost 35,000. United manager Louis van Gaal will be relieved that Rooney emerged unscathed from his …