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Pele Says He's 'Doing Fine' in Hospital

Brazil football legend Pele, who has been hospitalized for three days suffering from a urinary infection, reached out to his fans via social media Thursday to say he's "doing fine."

The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo said earlier that his condition had "improved" and that the 74-year-old -- widely regarded as the greatest player of all time -- was receiving renal treatment.

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Spurs Advance in Europa League after Game Halted

Tottenham was among nine teams to qualify for the knockout stage of the Europa League on Thursday after beating Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in a match that was briefly suspended because of three separate pitch invasions.

Inter Milan and Napoli also advanced to ensure there will be at least three Italian clubs in the last 32 of Europe's secondary competition.

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Galatasaray Sacks Manager Prandelli after CL Exit

A senior official says Galatasaray has sacked manager Cesare Prandelli following the side's elimination from European competition.

Galatasaray deputy president Abdurrahim Albayrak told Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency Thursday that the club decided to part ways with Prandelli a day after the club's 2-0 loss to Anderlecht that eliminated the team from the Champions League. Galatasaray also failed to qualify for the Europa League.

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Basel Charged for Fans on Pitch near Ronaldo

UEFA has charged Basel after fans ran onto the pitch and approached Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo during a Champions League match.

Five spectators encroached on the pitch from different sections of the St-Jakob Park stadium in the 89th minute of Madrid's 1-0 win on Wednesday.

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Focus on Helmets in Cricket after Death of Hughes

As the world of cricket reels from the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, it's hard to imagine that less than 40 years ago the first player to wear a full helmet during a cricket test match was booed by the crowd for his apparent cowardice.

On that day in 1978, Australian left-hander Graham Yallop walked to the crease in Barbados to a backdrop of jeers, wearing an improvised motorcycle helmet — complete with plastic visor — to protect him from the short-pitch bowling by the West Indies' fearsome pacemen.

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Pele in 'Special Care' as Condition Worsens

Brazil great Pele, 74, was on Thursday taken into a special care unit in a Sao Paulo hospital after his health worsened, three days after being admitted with a urinary infection, the hospital confirmed.

"Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) remains in hospital. To receive the best care he was transferred in order to be monitored in a special care unit," read a statement released by the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.

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Bastia's Brandao Jailed for a Month for Headbutt

Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao was on Thursday jailed for a month and fined 20,000 euros ($25,000) for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta.

The President of the Paris court, however, implied the 34-year-old could benefit from a reduced sentencing and not a prison stay.

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Australian Cricket Hughes Dies of Head Injuries

Phillip Hughes won admirers across the cricket spectrum, from the most elite players to the everyday fan for an unorthodox batting style honed on the family banana plantation and a never-give-in attitude despite being dropped a handful of times from Australia's test team.

Hughes died on Thursday, two days after undergoing emergency surgery for a massive brain bleed that occurred after he was struck on the head by a cricket ball in a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He was 25, just three days short of his next birthday.

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Ludogorets Holds Liverpool to 2-2 Draw

Ludogorets scored a late equalizer to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday that ended the home side's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Dani Abalo opened the scoring for Ludogorets in the third minute, pouncing on the rebound after Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet failed to control Marcelinho's shot from the edge of the box.

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Arsenal through to Champions League Knockout Phase

Yaya Sanogo ended his 15-month wait to score for Arsenal on Wednesday by helping the London club beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 and qualify for the Champions League knockout phase for the 15th successive season.

However, victory came at a cost to a side that has struggled recently in the Premier League. Captain Mikel Arteta was forced off with a calf problem that manager Arsene Wenger said "looks quite serious." Midfielder Jack Wilshere was already sidelined and will discover on Thursday if his requires ankle surgery.

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