Thank God for football. The Olympics left me in a sports black hole for a week, but this past weekend football competition across Europe started up again. The biggest story comes from England where Rat Van Persie left Arsenal to join archrivals Manchester United.

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Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium. PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI/REUTERS

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Serena Williams of the U.S. talks with the members of the media about her Olympic win at a news conference at the 2012 Cincinnati Open tennis tournament. JOHN SOMMERS II/REUTERS

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Afghan Olympic taekwondo bronze medalist in the men's -68kg category Rohullah Nikpai waves to the crowd during a procession for his homecoming from the London 2012 Olympic Games, in Kabul. OMAR SOBHANI/REUTERS

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Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain raises his arms in victory as he crosses the finish line to win the Clasica San Sebastian cycling race in San Sebastian. VINCENT WEST/REUTERS

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Germany's goalkeeper Zieler fouls Argentina's Jose Sosa during their friendly soccer match in Frankfurt. ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS

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Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands fights for ball with Van Buyten and Benteke of Belgium during their friendly soccer match in Brussels. MICHAEL KOOREN/REUTERS

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Peru's goalkeeper Carvallo blocks a shot from Costa Rica's Saborio during international friendly soccer match at the National stadium in San Jose. JUAN CARLOS ULATE/REUTERS

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Reds second baseman Phillips can't make the play on a hard sliding Mets' Mike Baxter for a stolen base during their MLB baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. JOHN SOMMERS II/REUTERS

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Event site organisers rush to stop a Chinese fan from hugging NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant during a promotional event in Wuhan, Hubei province. DARLEY SHEN/REUTERS

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England's Finn celebrates after dismissing South Africa's Amla during the third cricket test match at Lord's in London. PHILIP BROWN/REUTERS

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Manchester United's new signing Robin van Persie of the Netherlands poses with manager Alex Ferguson at a news conference at Old Trafford in Manchester. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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Ducati MotoGP rider Hayden of U.S. rides ahead of other riders during their MotoGP practice in Indianapolis. BRENT SMITH/REUTERS

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Britain's Ennis poses with her Olympic Heptathlon Gold medal and the Union flag during a homecoming ceremony in Sheffield. NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS

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Sjoholm of Sweden competes in Red Bull Joyride qualifying during Crankworx 2012 in Whistler. ANDY CLARK/REUTERS

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Detroit Lions Young looks at storm clouds before playing Ravens during preseason NFL football game in Baltimore. PATRICK SMITH/REUTERS

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Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Morse celebrates a grand slam home run against the New York Mets in Washington. LARRY DOWNING/REUTERS

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Fans react as New York Yankees Casey McGehee reaches over dugout railing to catch foul ball by Boston Red Sox Mike Aviles in MLB game in New York. RAY STUBBLEBINE/REUTERS

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Tommy Streeter #11 has a pass slip through his hands against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter during their preseason NFL football game. PATRICK SMITH/REUTERS

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New Zealand All Blacks' Jane scores against Australia's Wallabies during their Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney. DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERS

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Australia's Wallabies' Kurtley Beale reacts after being defeated by New Zealand All Blacks in their Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match in Sydney. DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERS

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England's Steven Finn avoids a bouncer bowled by South Africa's Dale Steyn during the third cricket test match at Lord's in London. PHILIP BROWN/REUTERS

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Players fight for the ball during a game at the World Hard Court Bike Polo Championship in Geneva. DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Celta Vigo's Mallo jumps for the ball with Malaga's Camacho during their Spanish First Division soccer match at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo. MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Queens Park Rangers' Fabio Da Silva challenges Swansea City's Chico Flores during their English Premier League soccer match at Loftus Road in London. EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS

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The CN Tower and fans in the Rogers Centre are reflected on the helmet of Rangers batter Josh Hamilton during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto. MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS

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Driver Justin Allgaier celebrates after winning NAPA Auto Parts 200 Nationwide Series NASCAR race in Montreal.. OLIVIER JEAN/REUTERS

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Bryant makes a one handed catch in the San Diego Chargers end zone but steps out of bounds, during their pre-season NFL football game in San Diego. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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McCauley of the U.S. competes in the Red Bull Joyride during Crankworx 2012 in Whistler. ANDY CLARK/REUTERS

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Young peewee football players wait to take to the field for a demonstration of their skills, prior to the Chargers hosting the Cowboys in their pre-season NFL football game in San Diego. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Sjoholm of Sweden. competes in the Red Bull Joyride during Crankworx 2012 mountain bike festival in Whistler. ANDY CLARK/REUTERS

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Manchester City's Aguero waves to supporters as he is stretchered off the pitch during their English Premier League soccer match against Southampton in Manchester. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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Barcelona's Villa celebrates his goal against Real Sociedad with teammates as he wears a T-shirt with a picture of his family during their Spanish first division soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona. GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS

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Boston Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury fails to catch double hit by New York Yankees Derek Jeter in MLB game in New York. RAY STUBBLEBINE/REUTERS

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South Africa's captain Smith looks at the ICC mace as he walks around the ground after South Africa defeated England in the third cricket test match at Lord's in London. PHILIP BROWN/REUTERS

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Everton's Pienaar challenges Manchester United's Cleverley during their English Premier League soccer match in Liverpool. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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Patriots wide receiver Jeremy Ebert is tackled by Eagles linebacker DeMayo Ryans during the first half of their preseason NFL football game in Foxborough. JESSICA RINALDI/REUTERS

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