Saturday, August 30, 2014
Professional Sports
United draws 0-0 with Burnley in Premier League

Angel Di Maria's promising debut failed to inspire lackluster Manchester United to a first win of the season on Saturday as Burnley held on for a 0-0 draw in the Premier League.

The Argentina midfielder, signed for a British-record fee of 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) from Real Madrid on Tuesday, played in central midfield and was one of United's best players at Turf Moor before being substituted in the 70th minute.

Urawa Reds stay top in J-League

Urawa Reds cemented its top spot in the J-League with a 4-0 demolition of neighbor Omiya Ardija on Saturday, while Gamba Osaka thrashed Albirex Niigata in a 5-0 home win.

Sagan Tosu remained second after coming from behind to equalize in the 93rd minute for a 2-2 draw with Shimizu S-Pulse.

Neymar back for Barca, Iniesta out with knee pain

Neymar has been cleared to play again for Barcelona after the Brazil striker missed its Spanish league opener because of a left ankle sprain.

While Neymar is in the squad for Sunday's visit to Villarreal, Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta, who has pain in his left knee.

Unfit Ronaldo to miss Madrid's visit to Sociedad

Cristiano Ronaldo won't play in Real Madrid's first away game of the Spanish league season after Portugal ruled him unfit for its opening 2016 European Championship qualifier.

Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has left the Ballon d'Or winner out of his squad for Sunday's game at Real Sociedad.

Agger leaves Liverpool to return to Brondby

Denmark defender Daniel Agger has left Liverpool after more than eight years to return to former club Brondby.

Agger played 232 games for Liverpool since joining from Brondby in January 2006.

Man United set to sign Daley Blind from Ajax

Manchester United is close to adding Netherlands international Daley Blind to its lengthy list of summer recruits.

United says Saturday it has "reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms." Sections of the English and Dutch media are reporting he will cost United 18 million euros ($23.6 million).

Friday's Sports In Brief

AUTO RACING

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

Palmer opens with a 63 to lead Deutsche Bank

Ryan Palmer would not have guessed this would be his lowest round of the year, at least not the way it started.

He pulled his tee shot left into a hazard. After a penalty drop, he went just over the green some 40 feet from the flag, and still had 4 feet left just to make bogey. But he made the putt — and then he made a bunch more.

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