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Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.
BARCELONA: Lionel Messi returned to training on Wednesday and is expected to make his comeback from a groin injury against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday
- Authorities in Colombia have opened an investigation into an alleged death threat received by Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and his mother.
LA LIGA: The first Clasico of the 2016-17 campaign between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on Dec. 3 at 4:15 p.m. CET, La Liga president Javier Tebas has announced, a kickoff time intended to compete directly with the Premier League in the Far East television market.
- Gareth Southgate acknowledged England could have done better following a goalless draw against Slovenia.
WCQ - UEFA: England needed a fine display from goalkeeper Joe Hart to scrape a goalless draw away to Slovenia, while Germany eased to victory a home to Northern ireland. Azerbaijan continued their impressive unbeaten start to qualifying with a goalless draw away at Czech Republic, while Poland beat Armenia. Montenegro moved to the top of Group E with a 1-0 win at Denmark. FULL REVIEW
WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Paraguay shocked Argentina in Cordoba, running out 1-0 winners, while Brazil made relatively short work of Venezuela. Colombia and Uruguay drew 2-2, as did Bolivia and Ecuador. Chile earned a huge 2-1 win against Peru. FULL REVIEW
ARGENTINA: Argentina will remain the No. 1 nation when the new FIFA World Ranking is published on Oct. 20.
- Sergio Aguero has admitted he sometimes feels like a "bad player" when representing Argentina after missing a penalty during their 1-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Paraguay on Tuesday.
SCOTLAND: Gordon Strachan still believes Scotland can finish second in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group despite losing 3-0 in Slovakia.
PREMIER LEAGUE: The decision to appoint Anthony Taylor as the referee of Manchester United's match at Liverpool next Monday is "grossly unfair" on the official, according to former referees' chief Keith Hackett.
- Manchester United's Class of '92 contained players who were a "slave army" to "control freak" Sir Alex Ferguson, according to the club's former youth player Mads Timm.
- Chief executive officer Ian Ayre has said it would cost over £60 million to redevelop the Anfield Road end of the ground.
ARSENAL: Werder Bremen captain Clemens Fritz has talked up a possible return for Arsenal's Per Mertesacker to the Bundesliga side.
JUVENTUS: Agent Mino Raiola has said he will do "everything possible" to move midfielder Blaise Matuidi from Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus in January.
UNITED STATES: Julian Green scored his second goal in two matches, before Monty Patterson's equaliser forced the United States to settle for a 1-1 draw in a friendly against New Zealand on Tuesday night.
- Jurgen Klinsmann said Julian Green left a "strong impression" on the U.S. national team coaches in camp and at a pair of friendlies over the last 10 days.
MLS: Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley says he will decide his future at the end of the season amid reports linking him to a return to Serie A.
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