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Berdych Reaches Paris Semis and London Finale

Tomas Berdych guaranteed his place at the season-ending World Tour finals for the fifth straight year on Friday as he defeated South African Kevin Anderson to reach the semi-finals of the Paris Masters.

The Czech number one, who won the Bercy tournament on his debut in 2005, his only Masters win to date, came through a tight contest 6-7, (4/7), 6-4, 6-4 in just under three hours.

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Gerrard Leaves Rodgers with more Questions to Answer

Just when Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers thought he had had enough of answering awkward questions about controversial striker Mario Balotelli and the club's defense, talismanic skipper Steven Gerrard said he could leave Anfield at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old Liverpool-born midfielder, a one-club man, is approaching 700 appearances in all competitions for the Reds.

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FIFA Sorry for Crimea Video Blunder

FIFA has apologized for an embarrassing diplomatic faux-pas when its video launching the 2018 World Cup logo portrayed the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia.

The disputed clip was beamed on to the facade of Russia's historic Bolshoi Theater at the official unveiling of the 2018 logo in the Russian capital on Tuesday.

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Knicks Spoil James' Homecoming, 95-90

LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didn't look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air.

His homecoming was horrendous.

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Murray Clinches ATP Finals Berth in Paris

Andy Murray clinched a spot in the ATP Finals on Thursday after beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets at the Paris Masters and then sent a message to his critics by scribbling "bad year" on a courtside television camera.

Following a tumultuous year that saw him change coach and recover from a serious back injury, Murray booked his spot at the season-ending tournament in London by reaching the quarterfinals at the Palais Omnisports with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 9 seed Dimitrov.

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Lazio Draws 1-1 at Hellas Verona in Serie A

Lazio saw its four-match winning streak broken with a 1-1 draw at Hellas Verona in Serie A on Thursday.

Bosnia midfielder Senad Lulic put Lazio ahead in the 43rd minute at Verona's Bentegodi stadium, redirecting a cross from Antonio Candreva.

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Spanish Legend Raul Joins New York Cosmos

Spanish striker Raul, Real Madrid's all-time leading goalscorer, has signed for the New York Cosmos, the club announced Thursday.

Raul, 37, who remains the top Champions League scorer with 71, will join the Cosmos for next year's North American Soccer League campaign, one level below Major League Soccer, and serve as technical advisor for the team's youth academy.

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Berdych Closer to London as Anderson Knocks out Wawrinka

Czech Republic number one Tomas Berdych is one win from sealing his ticket to the World Tour Finals after easing into the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters on Thursday.

Following a first round defeat at the Valencia Open last week, the 29-year-old Berdych evened his record against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at six wins apiece with a 7-5, 6-3 victory behind the back of a 70 per cent first serve percentage and eight aces.

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City's League Cup Defense Ended by Newcastle

Manchester City's defense of the League Cup was ended by a 2-0 home loss to Newcastle in the last 16 on Wednesday, with an injury to playmaker David Silva completing a miserable night for the out-of-form English champions.

Tottenham and Southampton also won to reach the quarterfinals, where Chelsea and Liverpool — the biggest teams left in the competition — face away matches at second-tier opponents Derby and Bournemouth, respectively.

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Bayern Advances 3-1 over Hamburg in German Cup

A spectator ran onto the pitch and hit Franck Ribery with a scarf in stoppage time of Bayern Munich's 3-1 victory at Hamburger SV in the second round of the German Cup on Wednesday.

The man ran the width of the field before hitting the French winger, who had secured victory for the cup holders. The intruder also made insulting gestures before being caught by guards and escorted from the pitch.

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