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Figure Skating: Tuktamysheva Makes History at Worlds

European title holder Elizaveta Tuktamysheva recorded the third highest ladies short program score in history Thursday as the 18-year-old took a commanding lead at the World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai.

The Russian dazzled the crowd to the rousing music of Maurice Ravel's "Bolero", opening with a triple axel before dancing impeccably to move easily into first position in the tournament with a score of 77.62.

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NBA: Spurs Thump Thunder

NBA champions San Antonio brought Oklahoma City's four-game NBA winning streak to an emphatic end on Wednesday with a 130-91 rout of the Thunder.

Tony Parker scored 21 points, handed out six assists and pulled down six rebounds for the Spurs, who bounced back from a 101-94 loss at Dallas on Tuesday.

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Germany Draw Underlines Socceroos Rise, Says Troisi

Australia's James Troisi said the Socceroos' 2-2 draw with Germany showed just how far the Asian champions have come in 12 months.

Only a Lukas Podolski equaliser nine minutes from time in Kaiserslautern spared the world champions' blushes on Wednesday night in Germany.

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Spain, England Look to Fresh Faces in Euro Bids

A rejuvenated Spain recommence their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign at home to Ukraine in Seville on Friday, while the prospect of seeing Harry Kane make his debut is the main attraction as England face Lithuania.

In their first outing since a 1-0 friendly loss to Germany in November, reigning European champions Spain put their record of never having lost at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on the line as they face Ukraine in qualifying Group C.

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Khedira Confirms Real Madrid Exit

Germany midfielder Sami Khedira on Wednesday said he will leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season.

"There is nothing more to say than what I told the sports magazine (Kicker), when there's anything more, I'll say it," the 27-year-old said after captaining Germany to a 2-2 friendly draw with Australia in Kaiserslautern.

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Liverpool's Skrtel to Serve Three-Game Ban

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel will serve a three-game suspension after losing his appeal against a charge for standing on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, the Football Association announced on Wednesday.

The Slovakia center-back, 30, was charged with violent conduct on the basis of video evidence after referee Martin Atkinson missed the incident, which occurred at the end of United's 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday.

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Nadal Fights Ankle Injury as Miami Start Looms

Rafael Nadal vowed Tuesday to be ready for his Miami Masters opener in three days after seriously rolling his left ankle on the practice court.

The Spanish second seed suffered the setback on Monday but managed to practise for nearly 90 minutes on Tuesday, although not at full throttle, in a session that gave the 2014 Miami runner-up some much-needed confidence.

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Return of the King for Malaysian GP

Fernando Alonso's return from his mysterious crash and concussion will give struggling McLaren a boost as the Formula One field strives to rein in Mercedes at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The season is only one race old but warnings are already flashing that Mercedes could dominate this year like few before it after world champion Lewis Hamilton led an untroubled one-two finish in Australia.

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Neymar's Father Defends Barca Deal

The father of Brazilian star Neymar on Tuesday said the mega-transfer deal which took the striker from Santos to Barcelona was "absolutely legal."

It comes with Spanish prosecutors requesting a prison sentence of two years and three months for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and seven for his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, over the so-called Neymar affair.

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Charges against Moggi, Giraudo Dropped in Fixing Scandal

Nearly nine years after Italy's biggest football scandal, the investigation has been closed with hardly any sentences given.

Former Juventus executives Luciano Moggi and Antonio Giraudo will not face jail for match-fixing after their prison sentences were eliminated by Italy's highest criminal court, which ruled that the statute of limitations expired.

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