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Germany tops Poland for 1st in Group D

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Mario Goetze scored twice to help Germany beat Poland 3-1 Friday in their European Championship qualifier and replace the visitors at the top of Group D.

"We knew it was an important game. We really wanted top spot," Goetze said.

The victory also saw the Germans avenge their first ever defeat to Poland last October.

United tweaks Madrid for De Gea collapse

LONDON (AP) Manchester United believes Real Madrid is trying to deflect attention from its own "clumsiness" by blaming the English club for the collapse of David de Gea's transfer.

De Gea failed to secure his desired move to Madrid before Monday's transfer deadline because the paperwork for the goalkeeper was not submitted in time. (MORE)

Robben out 4 weeks with groin injury

MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has been ruled out for four weeks with a groin injury sustained while playing for the Netherlands.

Robben came off with less than half an hour played in his country's 1-0 home defeat Thursday by Iceland in a European Championship qualifier. Bayern says an examination by its team doctor Friday revealed a "muscle injury in the region of the left adductor." (MORE)

Venus reaches 4th round, Cilic wins in 5

NEW YORK (AP) All in one fell swoop, Venus Williams eliminated one of the only two women who beat her younger sister this season and moved closer to a possible U.S. Open quarterfinal showdown against Serena.

Gathering herself after a mid-match dip in play Friday, Venus reeled off the last five games and beat 12th-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2010. (MORE)

Fans clash before Hungary-Romania draw

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Hungary and Romania drew 0-0 Friday in a European Championship qualifier as fans clashed before the game, with police using tear gas and water cannon.

On the pitch, four Romanians and three Hungarians were given yellow cards in a match full of fouls. (MORE)

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