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Pellegrini doesn't Fear Chelsea Title Knockout Blow

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists a defeat in Saturday's crunch clash against leaders Chelsea wouldn't be a fatal blow to the champions' chances of retaining the Premier League title.

Pellegrini's side already trail Chelsea by five points heading into the showdown at Stamford Bridge and a loss would leave them languishing eight points behind with 15 games to play.

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Hawks Beat Blazers for 18th Straight Win

All-star forward Paul Millsap scored 21 points as the Atlanta Hawks won their 18th consecutive contest with a 105-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.

Millsap had plenty of help from his fellow all-stars Al Horford and Jeff Teague who finished with 17 and 13 points respectively. Teague scored six of his points in the final quarter. 

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Murray Out to End Aussie Heartbreak against Djokovic

Andy Murray will bid to end a tormenting run of three losing Australian Open finals as world number one Novak Djokovic eyes a fifth triumph in Sunday's decider in Melbourne.

The year's first major has been a heartbreak Grand Slam for the Scot, but he has given himself another chance to finally break through and add to his Wimbledon and US Open crowns.

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Australia Unchanged for Asian Cup Final

Hosts Australia named an unchanged starting eleven for the Asian Cup final against South Korea on Saturday, while the Koreans made just one alteration for the heavyweight clash in Sydney.

South Korea coach Uli Stielike brought in Jang Hyun-Soo for Han Kyo-Won in midfield, in the only tweak to the side which beat Iraq 2-0 in the semi-finals as they bid to win the competition for the first time since 1960.

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Chelsea's Costa Gets Three-Game Ban

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been banned for three matches with immediate effect after being found guilty of a violent conduct charge, the Football Association announced Friday.

The Spain international was suspended after a regulatory commission ruled he had stamped on the ankle of Liverpool's Emre Can in the 12th minute of Tuesday's League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 1-0 to complete a 2-1 aggregate victory.

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Djokovic Beats Defending Champ Wawrinka to Reach Aussie Final

Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Australian Open final with a five-set win over defending champion Stan Wawrinka that fell flat compared with their previous encounters at Melbourne Park.

The top-ranked Djokovic finished over the top of Wawrinka in a seesawing 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win on Friday night to set up a final against long-time friend and rival Andy Murray, a player he has beaten twice in the championship match in Australia.

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Asian Cup: UAE Edges 10-Man Iraq to Win 3rd-Place Playoff

Striker and captain Ahmed Khalil scored goals on either side of halftime and tournament scoring leader Ali Mabkhout converted a second-half penalty as the United Arab Emirates clinched third place in the Asian Cup with a 3-2 win over a 10-man Iraq.

Golden boot candidate Mabkhout scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 57th minute after he had been brought down from behind by Ahmed Ibrahim, a foul which earned the Iraqi defender a red card.

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Cahill Carrying Hopes of Host Nation at Asian Cup

Tim Cahill is thriving on the challenge of delivering the Asian Cup title to Australia for the first time.

The Australians host 2002 World Cup semifinalist South Korea in the final at Sydney's Olympic Stadium on Saturday night, determined to go one better than a runner-up finish to Japan four years ago.

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Grizzlies Crush Nuggets to Open Southwest Lead

Memphis cruised to its fifth straight win and opened a small gap at the top of the NBA's Southwest Division with a dominant 99-69 win over Denver on Thursday.

The Grizzlies moved two games clear of Houston, which beat Dallas on Wednesday.

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Sick Serena Cuts Short Practice on Eve of Aussie Open Final

Serena Williams cut short a practice on the eve of the Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova due to a cold she's been battling for the past week.

The No. 1-ranked American was shown in footage on Australia's Channel 7 network coughing into a towel and blowing her nose before she abandoned the practice session on Friday.

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