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Saturday, May 19

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Nadal beats Djokovic in 51st meeting to reach Rome Masters final

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Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 Saturday to reach the Rome Masters final.

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Chelsea-Man Utd battle in England showpiece event

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The eyes of the world may be on a Royal wedding at Windsor, but 18 miles to the east English football's own showpiece event sees Chelsea and Manchester United face off in the FA Cup final at Wembley Saturday.

Friday, May 18

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Platini admits rigging 1998 World Cup draw

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Disgraced former UEFA head Michel Platini has sensationally admitted to a little skulduggery in rigging the draw to ensure Brazil and France could not meet until the final of the 1998 World Cup, where he was organizing committee president.

Cup final won’t define our season: Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho insists he won’t regard Manchester United’s season as a failure even if they lose against Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Ronaldo 120 percent fit for final: Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane has declared Cristiano Ronaldo 120 percent fit ahead of the Champions League final and says Real Madrid’s star player is available to face Villarreal in La Liga Saturday.

Nadal overcomes crowd to reach Rome semis

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Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame a poor first set and a partisan crowd to beat Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and reach the Italian Open semifinals Friday.

Germany will win World Cup ... at least according to computers

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What happens when a global investment bank gets its computers to run 10,000 virtual tournaments to guesstimate who is going to bring home the World Cup?

Zarco hopes home advantage will deliver first MotoGP success

French star Johann Zarco will have huge home support at Le Mans Sunday as he attempts to claim a first MotoGP win and dent Marc Marquez’s quest for a fifth title.

Lazio, Inter in dramatic clash for Champions League spot

Lazio and Inter Milan will be involved in a dramatic clash for Italy’s final Champions League group spot when they meet in a match worth millions of euros Sunday.

Kovac faces future club Bayern in Cup final

Niko Kovac faces his future employer as his Eintracht Frankfurt side take on Bayern Munich Saturday in the German Cup final.

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Coach Carlos Carvalhal leaves relegated Swansea

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Manager Carlos Carvalhal left Swansea after the English Premier League club decided not to renew his contract on Friday.

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Aguero says club link-up with Messi 'impossible'

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Sergio Aguero says he will probably never play alongside close friend Lionel Messi at club level as he is staying at Manchester City and his compatriot will never leave Barcelona.

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Conte feud over ahead of FA Cup final: Mourinho

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the sometimes bitter feud between himself and Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte has ended ahead of the sides' meeting in Saturday's FA Cup final.

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Atletico finish strong after poor season start

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It all turned out just fine for Atletico Madrid.

Buffon calls time on 17-year Juve career

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon announced Thursday that he would leave the Turin giants after 17 years but did not as expected declare the end of his playing career.

Payet left out of France World Cup squad

Marseille star Dimitri Payet was left out of France’s World Cup squad announced by coach Didier Deschamps Thursday, ending a miserable 24 hours for the playmaker.

Nadal gains a measure of revenge against Shapovalov in Rome

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal methodically wore down Denis Shapovalov in a 6-4, 6-1 win to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals and gain a measure of revenge against the Canadian teenager.

Youngsters were our best picks: Southgate

England’s youthful World Cup squad is not the result of a policy to pick young players but simply a question of choosing the best talent in the best form, manager Gareth Southgate said Thursday.

Rockets romp to level NBA series with Warriors

The Houston Rockets ramped up the intensity Wednesday, powering past the NBA champion Golden State Warriors 127-105 to level their Western Conference finals series at one game apiece.

Thursday, May 17

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European success a deserved reward for relentless Simeone

For a club like Atletico Madrid, success never comes easily, but Wednesday’s Europa League final victory over Marseille served to underline just how far they have travelled in the years since Diego Simeone became coach.

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Injured Payet misses out on World Cup, Lacazette omitted

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France must cope without in-form Dimitri Payet at the World Cup after the forward was ruled out of due to injury Thursday and Alexandre Lacazette was omitted from the squad.

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Guardiola extends Man City contract to 2021

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola signed a contract extension with the Premier League champions Thursday that will keep him in the job until 2021.

Arteta has qualities to be Arsenal manager: Wenger

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Mikel Arteta has "all of the qualities" to become the next Arsenal manager, according to Arsene Wenger who is leaving the London club after 22 years in charge.

Saudi Arabia to host Formula E's 2018-19 season opener

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The all-electric Formula E motor racing series will start its 2018-19 season in Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, organizers said Thursday.

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Ireland's Bennett wins Giro 12th stage, Yates maintains overall lead

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Ireland's Sam Bennett of the Bora team won the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia for his second win of this year's race Thursday.

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Iniesta, Torres bid farewell as La Liga season ends

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It will be a weekend of goodbyes in Spain as the Liga season draws to a close, with Barcelona's Andres Iniesta and Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres set to play their last games for their boyhood clubs.

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Italy great Buffon to leave Juventus

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon announced on Thursday that he will leave the Turin giants after 17 years.

Claudio Ranieri set to leave Nantes

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Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri is leaving the French club at the end of the season.

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Klopp surprised Alexander-Arnold with England call-up news

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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold said club manager Juergen Klopp surprised him with the news of his inclusion in England's 23-man squad for the World Cup.

Wednesday, May 16

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Moyes leaves West Ham as club seek ‘high-caliber’ successor

David Moyes has left West Ham following the end of his short-term contract, the Premier League club announced Wednesday.