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All-women sports show debuts with perfect timing

All-women sports show premieres amid weeks of attention to NFL domestic violence issues
Rachel Cohen, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - What perfect timing.

An all-women sports show premieres Tuesday night after weeks of NFL domestic violence cases dominating the headlines. Co-co-ordinating producer Emilie Deutsch has spent a lot of time listening to that male bastion of sports talk radio to prepare for the gig, and she marvels that "I can't tell you the number of times I've heard someone say, 'Well, I talked to my wife about this and my wife said this.'"

Rooney scores, sent off as Man United wins

Rooney scores, sent off as Man United holds on to beat West Ham; Chelsea, Man City also win
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - The two sides of Wayne Rooney were on display Saturday as the Manchester United captain scored before being sent off for a reckless challenge.

The goal, though, set United on its way to a 2-1 victory over West Ham, giving Louis van Gaal just his second league win as United manager.

Banner begs Ronaldo to return to United

Airplane banner begs Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Madrid and return to Man United
The Associated Press

VILLARREAL, Spain - An airplane flew a banner during Real Madrid's away match in the Spanish league on Saturday asking Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United.

A plane paid for by a United fan group circled above Villarreal's EL Madrigal Stadium trailing a banner that read "COME HOME RONALDO - UNITED REEL."

Ronaldo left United for Madrid in 2009 on a then-record transfer of 93 million euros.

He has since helped Madrid win its 10th European Cup and one Spanish league title.

The Portugal star won the Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player last year.

Germany agency says free-kick spray dangerous

Germany's standards agency says vanishing free-kick spray could be a health hazard
The Associated Press

FRANKFURT - The German Football Federation says it is not unduly concerned about a technical finding that the vanishing spray used in free-kick situations could be a health hazard.

Germany's technical inspection agency says the spray that was used at the World Cup in Brazil contains parabens that are suspected of being "hormonally active." The agency inspects products ranging from elevators to toys for safety.

Parabens are often used as preservatives in cosmetics.

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