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Robin van Persie (left) is due to make his long-awaited return to the Manchester United line-up today alongside Wayne Rooney when the Red Devils travel to Sunderland.

Van Persie’s return boosts United

Manager looks forward to the Dutchman pairing with Rooney

Atletico Madrid players pose with the Spanish Super Cup trophy after defeating Real Madrid on the second round soccer match at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

Atletico coach downbeat on defending title

La Liga champions beat Madrid 1-0 to lift Spanish Supercup but Simeone sees little chance of his squad competing with Real and Barcelona over a full season

Thomas Mueller (left) of FC Bayern Munich scores the opening goal during the German Bundesliga season opener match FC Bayern Munich vs VfL Wolfsburg in Munich, Germany, 22 August 2014.

Bayern enjoy winning start to title-defence

Striker Arjen Robben laments the lack of ideal preparations as reigning Bundesliga champions get off to sluggish start

New Zealand All Blacks Dane Coles (centre) is tackled by Australia’s Wycliff Palu (left) and Michael Hooper (right) during the rugby union Test Match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the  Australian Wallabies at Eden Park in Auckland.

All Blacks just awesome in response to critics

Slam old foes Wallabies 51-20 to keep the Bledisloe Cup

Katie Ledecky of the US (right) and teammate Cierra Runge embrace after Ledecky set a new world record in her women’s 400-metre freestyle final yesterday.

American wonder teen smashes world record

Legendary Phelps lands first individual medal after comeback










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