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Messi, Ronaldo's scoring duel mirrors title race
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MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are locked in a personal duel for European scoring records that is carrying Barcelona and Real Madrid toward a tantalizing finale in the fight for the Spanish league title. With the two powerhouses set to meet in nine days in a "clasico" that
Comolli leaves Liverpool to end 16-month stint
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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool released director of football Damien Comolli on Thursday following widespread criticism of his transfer strategy since being hired by the Premier League club's American owners 16 months ago. Liverpool has spent 115 million pounds ($183 million) on players
Cologne fires coach Solbakken as relegation looms
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COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cologne has sacked coach Stale Solbakken four games before the end of the Bundesliga season. Former coach Frank Schaefer is returning on Friday morning to prepare the side for Sunday's Rhine derby at Borussia Moenchengladbach, the club announced Thursday. The
Diamanti secures vital 1-0 win for Bologna
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MILAN (AP) — Alessandro Diamanti's stunning free kick earned Bologna a vital 1-0 victory over Cagliari in a Serie A relegation battle on Thursday. Diamanti scored the only goal of the game in the 54th minute to give Bologna its first win in five games and move the club two points above
Sydney terminates Reddy over drinking on flight
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SYDNEY (AP) — Australian A-League club Sydney has terminated the contract of goalkeeper Liam Reddy for breaching his contract by drinking alcohol on a flight to a playoff match in New Zealand on March 30. Reddy was sent home from Wellington before the match after admitting to drinking on the
Emelec defeats Olimpia to reach second round
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Ecuador's Emelec defeated Olimpia of Paraguay 3-2 in a dramatic finish on Thursday with three second-half goals and a stoppage-time winner enough to clinch a spot in the second round of the Copa Libertadores. Emelec finished with nine points in six matches in
Australia beats West Indies by 3 wickets
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Shane Watson hit 52 and Michael Hussey supplied a crucial 32 off 26 balls as Australia earned a thrilling three-wicket victory over the West Indies in fading light Wednesday on the fifth and final day of the opening Test at Kensington Oval. Australia was set 192 to
Man United loses, Man City wins in EPL title race
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LONDON (AP) — Manchester United blew open the Premier League title race by slumping to a surprise 1-0 loss at lowly Wigan on Wednesday, allowing second-place Manchester City to close the gap to five points with a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. United delivered one of its worst displays of
Ronaldo matches own goal record in Madrid win
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MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo matched his own Spanish league record of 40 goals in a season by netting a hat trick that included two spectacular long-range strikes as Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 Wednesday to restore its four-point lead over Barcelona atop the standings. Ronaldo
Serena Williams on US Fed Cup team; Venus is not
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Serena Williams is on the U.S. Fed Cup roster for matches against Ukraine on April 21-22, but her sister Venus is not. "She just played Miami and Charleston, so she's trying to gauge now her recovery, how much she can play," U.S. Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez
Boca Juniors beats Fluminense in Copa Libertadores
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Six-time Copa Libertadores champion Boca Juniors defeated Fluminense 2-0 on Wednesday, securing a spot in the next round of Latin America's most important club competition. Striker Dario Cvitanich opened the scoring in the first half and substitute Juan Sanchez Mino
AC Milan beats Chievo, ends 4-match winless streak
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VERONA, Italy (AP) — AC Milan held on for a 1-0 win at Chievo Verona on Tuesday to end a four-match winless streak and take the provisional Serie A lead, although the defending champions were far from dominant. Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari scored eight minutes in at the Bentegodi stadium
Australia fights back strongly against West Indies
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Tail-ender Ryan Harris and pace bowler Ben Hilfenhaus helped Australia force its way back into the opening test against the West Indies on day four Tuesday at Kensington Oval. Harris hit a career-best, unbeaten 68 to rally Australia to 406-9 declared in response to
Messi's 61st goal leads Barcelona past Getafe 4-0
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MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi scored his 61st goal of the season to help Barcelona beat Getafe 4-0 Tuesday and provisionally trim Real Madrid's Spanish league lead to a single point. Alexis Sanchez scored in each half while Pedro Rodriguez also netted as the three-time defending champions earned
At. Nacional, Union Espanola through in Copa
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MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's Atletico Nacional and Union Espanola of Chile both progressed to the knockout phases of the Copa Libertadores with a game to spare by winning their matches on Tuesday. Atletico Nacional defeated Uruguay's Penarol 3-0 to move into first place in Group 8 and