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SOC--REAL MADRID-PEREZ

MADRID -- Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Monday that the club remains fully behind coach Rafa Benitez despite the humiliating loss to Barcelona this weekend. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words.

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TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL-BELGIUM

LONDON -- The Davis Cup final is set to go ahead as planned in Ghent this weekend with increased security measures because of the ongoing terror alert in Belgium, the International Tennis Federation said Monday. SENT: 200 words.

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SOC--EXTRA TIME

MADRID -- Real Madrid fans vividly showed their dissatisfaction, frantically waving white "goodbye" handkerchiefs and loudly jeering. It was a clear message to coach Rafa Benitez: It's time for you to go. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 700 words.

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP H

PARIS -- Mathieu Valbuena did not expect he would go through such a frustrating season when he signed a three-year deal with Lyon this summer following an exile to Russia. With the European championships just seven months away, Valbuena was not called up by France coach Didier Deschamps for the games against Germany and England earlier this month. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 700 words.

SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION

ZURICH -- Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini should have their day in FIFA ethics court in December. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert formally opened cases on Monday against the FIFA and UEFA presidents for alleged financial wrongdoing. SENT: 250 words.

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP G

LONDON -- If one player epitomizes Chelsea's slump it's surely Eden Hazard. The playmaker was feted as the Premier League's finest talent as last season ended with Chelsea winning the title and England's top two individual awards were presented to the 24-year-old Belgian. By Rob Harris. SENT: 700 words.

SOC--CRYSTAL PALACE-SUNDERLAND

LONDON -- Jermain Defoe pounced on a defensive blunder to score into an open net in the 80th minute and give struggling Sunderland a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Monday in the Premier League. SENT: 150 words.

ATHLETICS:

ATH--KENYA PROTEST

NAIROBI, Kenya -- A group of Kenyan athletes occupied the headquarters of the national track and field federation on Monday, demanding the removal of its top officials in a protest against doping and corruption. SENT: 500 words.

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Updated : 2021-09-28 19:53 GMT+08:00