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Djokovic Crushes Cilic for Monte Carlo Semi-Final Spot

Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3 on Friday to move into the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world number one and top seed took just 65 minutes, winning the first eight games against Croatia's reigning U.S. Open champion seeded eighth but still coming back from months of shoulder problems.

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United Suffer Injury Crisis ahead of Chelsea Trip

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said Friday that injuries to key players had left him with the "worst possible scenario" ahead of their crunch clash with Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Third-placed United will travel to London without influential midfielder Michael Carrick (calf) plus key defenders Marcos Rojo (stomach), Phil Jones and Daley Blind (both ankle) as they seek to close an eight-point gap with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Report Shows Extent of Balotelli Abuse

Liverpool and Italy striker Mario Balotelli has received more than 4,000 racist messages via social media this season, according to new research from British anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge have also been targeted with more than a thousand discriminatory messages.

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NBA Playoffs Set to Open without Star Players

The NBA playoffs are about to being without some of the most recognizable players in the game.

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and New York's Carmelo Anthony will miss the playoffs for the second straight year, and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Miami's Dwyane Wade are also out.

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Brazil Gunning for Historic Medal Haul in 2016 Rio Olympics

China thrived at the Beijing Games in 2008. Britain excelled in London in 2012. Next year, Brazil will try to show it can produce a historic performance at its home Olympics.

The nation is working hard to make sure its athletes can be successful at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, investing record amounts to get them ready to perform well in front of a home crowd.

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Hamsik Puts Napoli on Brink of Europa League Semis

Marek Hamsik scored twice as Napoli took a giant step toward the Europa League semifinals Thursday by beating Wolfsburg 4-1 away in the first leg of their quarterfinal.

Wolfsburg, which had won five of its last six games in all competitions, must now score four goals in the April 23 second leg in Naples to have any hope of progressing to the semifinals.

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Bayern Doctor Mueller-Wohlfahrt Steps down after Porto Loss

Bayern Munich team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt is stepping down after almost four decades at the club.

Bayern lost 3-1 at Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday and news agency dpa quotes Mueller-Wohlfahrt as saying in a statement Thursday that the club's "medical department was made primarily responsible for the defeat for inexplicable reasons."

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Gerrard the 'Best I've Ever Played with', Says Torres

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has hailed former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard as the best player he has ever played with ahead of a host of Spanish World Cup winners.

Torres won back-to-back European Championships as well as the 2010 World Cup with Spain playing alongside the likes of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, but he said Gerrard, who he shared a successful spell with at Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, is his ideal player.

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Red Bull 'Disappointed' at Season Start, Says Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo admitted Thursday that he and his Red Bull team are disappointed with their start to the season, but remain keen to make amends starting with this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Australian, winner of three races last year, said he had hoped for more than three minor points finishes in the opening three races and said he and the team – powered by Renault engines -- were working on improved starts.

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Hamilton Rejects Claims he Has Asked for No. 1 Status

World champion Lewis Hamilton vehemently denied on Thursday that he has requested “number one” driver status in the Mercedes team and claimed he and team-mate Nico Rosberg are reunited 'without any issues' in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Five days after beating Rosberg at the Chinese Grand Prix to extend his lead in the drivers' championship, Hamilton was the chief attraction at a routine pre-race news conference in which he was asked also about his champagne-spraying celebrations.

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