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Russian Premier League

Russian league opener marred by racial abuse

Russian football was hit by a new race storm Friday when Ghana's Emmanuel Frimpong was sent-off after just 30 minutes of the season opener for reacting to a stream of abuse.

Ligue 1

Brazilian Mariano to swap Bordeaux for Sevilla

French side Bordeaux on Friday confirmed that an agreement had been reached with Sevilla for the sale of Brazilian right-back Mariano.

Wenger confident ahead of game against Everton

Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to field a strong Arsenal squad for the Barclays Asia Trophy final against Everton on Saturday after resting most of his star players for their opening game earlier this week.

Premier League

Manchester City captain Kompany hails Sterling arrival

Captain Vincent Kompany has hailed the signing of Raheem Sterling as "massive" for Manchester City as the club chases more trophies, saying his fearlessness sets him aside from his peers.

Bundesliga

Bayern's Guardiola vows 'there is life after Bastian'

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola and club captain Philipp Lahm vowed Friday that the German champions would emerge from the shadow of Bastian Schweinsteiger as they prepared for their first game since his departure in Beijing.

Milner scores winner for Liverpool in Brisbane

New recruit James Milner scored the winner as Liverpool recovered from an early goal down to beat Australia's Brisbane Roar 2-1 in a pre-season game in Brisbane on Friday.

Europa League draw pits Koeman against old club Vitesse

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman can look forward to a reunion with his old side Vitesse Arnhem after the teams were paired together in Friday's Europa League third qualifying round draw.

Premier League

Everton's Martinez denies McCarthy sale, Evans bid

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has denied reports that he is looking to sign Jonny Evans from Manchester United and reiterated that James McCarthy is not for sale as he looks to build his team around the Republic of Ireland midfielder.

World Cup

Uruguay 1950 World Cup great Ghiggia dead at 88

Alcides Ghiggia, the former Uruguay striker who scored the goal which won the 1950 World Cup against hosts Brazil, died Thursday -- 65 years to the day after his famous strike in the Maracana Stadium that traumatized a nation.

La Liga

Real Madrid launch Benitez era in Australia

Real Madrid kick off a new era under manager Rafael Benitez when the Spanish giants take on Italy's AS Roma in the International Champions Cup at the Melbourne Criket Ground on Saturday.

World Cup

FIFA ethics watchdog wants more bite

FIFA's ethics committee on Thursday made a demand for wider powers in its pursuit of uncovering corruption, notably calling for greater transparency in proceedings against accused parties.

World Cup

African giants kept apart for World Cup draw

The top 20 ranked African national football teams will avoid each other in the first and second qualifying rounds for the 2018 World Cup, FIFA confirmed Thursday.

CONCACAF Cup U20

Battle-hardened US ready for Cuba in Gold Cup quarter-final clash

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes his battle-hardened players will carry a precious advantage over their rivals as they prepare for a do-or-die Gold Cup quarter-final showdown with Cuba on Saturday.

Extradited FIFA suspect in US

Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, the first of 14 suspects indicted in a global corruption scandal rocking world football to agree to extradition, has arrived in the United States, US media reports said Thursday.

Russian Premier League

Champions Zenit gear up for Russia football title defence

Champions Zenit St Petersburg start their defence of the Russian Premier league title anticipating a backlash from their rivals.

Premier League

New dawn for Manchester United as US tour kicks off

The future of Manchester United will be on display Friday as Louis van Gaal gives his first glimpse of a new-look side he hopes will return the club to the summit of English football.

Premier League

Valdes responds to Gaal 'no play' claims

Victor Valdes hit back at Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Thursday after he claimed the goalkeeper had snubbed the club's reserves last season and would be sold.

Premier League

Rooney drops MLS hint

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has said he would consider a move to Major League Soccer once his Old Trafford career is over.

FA take no action over Mackay texts

Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has escaped punishment over his controversial exchange of text messages with Iain Moody.

UCL

Champions League hopefuls target 12m euro windfall

Some of Europe's top clubs are on tenterhooks as they await the Champions League third qualifying round draw in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday, with a €12m euro (£8.4m; $13m dollars) group stage prize at stake.

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