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FIFA Suspends Barcelona Transfer Ban

FIFA on Wednesday suspended a ban on Barcelona signing players while the club makes an appeal against a 14-month transfer ban.

World football's governing body, which imposed the sanction this month for breaching rules on the registration of minors, announced in a statement that the ban would be temporarily suspended allowing Barca to sign players during the summer transfer window which opens on July 1.

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Giggs to Be Assisted by Former Teammates

Ryan Giggs will be assisted by former teammates Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville during his spell as interim manager of Manchester United following the dismissal of David Moyes.

Neville was already the first-team coach under Moyes, while Butt had been working with United's Under-19s and Under-21s as a technical coach.

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Defensive Chelsea Holds Atletico in Scoreless Draw

Chelsea's defensive game plan worked perfectly as it held Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho's ultra-defensive tactics succeeded at the Vicente Calderon Stadium despite the exit of goalkeeper Petr Cech to injury in the 18th minute. Mark Schwarzer came on, with Cech's long-term replacement — Thibaut Courtois — playing in the opposite goal, on loan from Chelsea.

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Wizards Beat Bulls in OT to Take 2-0 Series Lead

Washington took a 2-0 lead over Chicago in their NBA first-round playoff series with a topsy-turvy 101-99 overtime win on Tuesday, while Toronto and Indiana both posted the victories they needed to square their respective series.

Washington led by 17 points in the first quarter but the Bulls came back strongly in front of their home fans to take a 10-point lead in the fourth, only for the Wizards to rally and square it.

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Chelsea Loses Cech, Terry to Long-Term Injuries

Chelsea will be without goalkeeper Petr Cech and captain John Terry for the rest of the Premier League season, prompting manager Jose Mourinho to make the Champions League his team's priority.

The Chelsea veterans were injured during separate incidents in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

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Popovich Wins NBA Coach of the Year

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, making him just the third coach in league history to win the Red Auerbach trophy three times in his career.

Popovich has received the league's top coaching honor in two of the last three seasons, joining Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times.

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BASKIL, First Bicycle Festival Opens April 23

From the 23rd to the 27th of April 2014, Cycling Circle, Public Interest Design Levant (PID), MENA Design Research Center, the Danish Embassy in Beirut and El Khoder Neighborhood Development Association will be co-organizing the first BASKIL Bicycle Festival in Lebanon.

BASKIL is a celebration of cycling and an opportunity for the public to explore its great potential in Beirut and the rest of the country. The festival is a salute to the bicycle culture, organized by bike enthusiasts and promoters of sustainability and green cities.

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Man Utd Sack Moyes, Giggs Appointed Interim Manager

Manchester United on Tuesday sacked manager David Moyes following a disastrous ten-month spell at the world-famous club, with veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs named as interim manager.

Moyes, 50, succeeded Alex Ferguson at the helm of the Premier League side on July 1 but the move quickly became a fiasco with the team slumping to a series of embarrassing defeats.

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Grizzlies, Clippers Win to Level First Round Series

Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime to level their first-round playoff series at one game each.

In Monday's other game, the Los Angeles Clippers leveled their series with the Golden State Warriors at 1-1 after leading all the way for a convincing 138-98 home win.

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Burnley Promoted to Premier League with Win

Burnley has secured promotion to the Premier League, returning to England's top flight for the first time since 2010.

Burnley beat Wigan 2-0 on Monday to secure a top-two finish in the second-tier League Championship, joining Leicester in gaining automatic promotion to the Premier League next season. Ashley Barnes and Michael Kightly scored in the first half as Burnley stayed eight points ahead of third-place Derby with just two rounds to go.

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