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Soccer

Allardyce out as England's manager

MANCHESTER, England — Sam Allardyce lost his job as England's national team manager Tuesday after one match and just 67 days in charge, paying the price for damaging comments to undercover reporters that were deemed "inappropriate" by the English Football Association.

The Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper, published video of Allardyce appearing to offer advice on how to sidestep an outlawed player transfer practice, and to negotiate a $519,000 public-speaking contract while talking to reporters posing as businessmen.

The FA acted fast, holding talks with Allardyce, 61, in London before announcing the end of his tenure by mutual consent.

Allardyce said he was "deeply disappointed" by the FA's decision but added, "I recognize I made some comments which have caused embarrassment."

Gareth Southgate will take charge for the next four matches including two World Cup qualifiers in October.

Dempsey still out: The Seattle Sounders said U.S. national team forward Clint Dempsey is out for the season because of an irregular heartbeat that has sidelined him for more than a month.

MLS: Atlanta United hired former Argentina national coach Gerardo Martino as coach for its 2017 inaugural season.

Europe: Leicester City improved to 2-0 in its first UEFA Champions League campaign, beating visiting Porto 1-0 on Islam Slimani's goal. Cristiano Ronaldo scored early but host Borussia Dortmund rallied to tie Real Madrid 2-2.

Tennis

Kerber wins her debut at No. 1

In her first match at No. 1, Angelique Kerber lost the first set but rallied to top Kristina Mladenovic 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4 to reach the third round of the Wuhan Open in China. Kerber replaced Serena Williams atop the rankings on her way to the U.S. Open title this month.

Et cetera

Track: Greek triple jumper Hrysopiyi Devetzi is set to lose her bronze medal from the 2008 Olympics after failing a drug test.

WNBA: Forward Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks was named league MVP, receiving 31 of the 39 first-place votes from a national media panel.

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No. 7 Florida finishes No. 17 Gonzaga in 2OT; No. 1 Duke up next for Gators

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jalen Hudson scored a career-high 35, including eight 3-pointers, and No. 7 Florida downed No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double overtime Friday night at the PK80 Invitational. Senior point guard Chris Chiozza added a career-high 26 poin...
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Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

LAKELAND — The game — and the season — were supposed to be over.Lakeland was set to exact revenge. The Dreadnaughts had the lead and the ball in the final three minutes and were heading for a field goal. Then it happened. The magic continued.Plant’s ...
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Region football: Venice 48, Tampa Bay Tech 17

VENICE — Tampa Bay Tech not only had to stop a hot receiver in Friday night’s Class 7A region final against Venice, but a hot running back as well. That proved to be too much.Indians receiver Jaivon Heiligh caught 14 passes for 193 yards and three to...
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Region football: Armwood 31, Ocala Vanguard 17

SEFFNER — Armwood appeared to be on its way to yet another rout through the first 24 minutes of football Friday night.James Miller delivered a crunching hit on the opening kickoff. The defense looked suffocating, holding Ocala Vanguard to a mere 23 y...
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Region football: Immokalee 42, Lakewood 14

IMMOKALEE — The final score wasn’t truly indicative of what transpired on Friday night.Lakewood fell to a dynamic Immokalee squad 42-14 in a tough environment in a Class 5A region final.The Spartans (9-2) forced three turnovers and held Immokalee (12...
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State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

CLEARWATER — Stocked with a wealth of Division I-A commits and prepared by a heavy-duty schedule, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna spent three months building for Friday night’s Class 3A state semifinal game.The Lions played at another level against top-s...
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Rose leaves Cavs for ‘personal matter’

Rose leaves Cavs for ‘personal matter’

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State semifinal football: Hialeah Champagnat Catholic 38, Cambridge Christian 0

TAMPA — Hialeah Champagnat Catholic was well on its way to a third unanswered touchdown, but the Lions just couldn’t stop blocking their own path. In one second-quarter drive during Friday’s 2A state semifinal against Cambridge Christian, Champagnat ...
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Lightning attitude under fire after loss to Capitals

Lightning attitude under fire after loss to Capitals

WASHINGTON — You don’t often sense frustration in captain Steven Stamkos’ voice, at least not this season. With the Lightning off to its best start in franchise history, there haven’t been many reasons to chide. Every criticism seems nitpicky. But af...
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Hogs boot Bielema out after five seasons

Hogs boot Bielema out after five seasons

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas fired football coach Bret Bielema after five disappointing seasons, moments after a season-ending 48-45 loss to Missouri on Friday. Arkansas finished 4-8, capping the second losing season of Bielema’s 12-year career. He ...
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