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Alves: Barcelona Will Cut Six-Point Difference

Barcelona defender Dani Alves played down the significance of Real Madrid’s six-point lead at the top of La Liga, but admitted that there is pressure on the team not to drop more points.

Real continue to set the pace after a 4-1 derby win over Atletico Madrid at the weekend while Barcelona once again struggled away from home, losing 1-0 at Getafe.

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Raikkonen Returns to F1 with Lotus Renault

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Formula One with Lotus Renault GP next year.

Raikkonen, who left F1 at the end of 2009 to try rallying, signed a two-year agreement, the team said on its website Tuesday.

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Hamilton Hug Ends Feud with Massa

Lewis Hamilton and his old friend and recent foe Felipe Massa buried the hatchet here late Sunday when they met, hugged and sorted out their differences in the aftermath of the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old Briton and 30-year-old Brazilian, who had collided six times in their respective McLaren and Ferrari cars this year, had endured a long period of tense and often acrimonious rivalry.

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Barrichello Vows to Drive on

Rubens Barrichello continued to reject all talk of retirement on Monday after finishing 14th in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix - and insisted he will be back with Williams again next year.

The 39-year-old Brazilian, who had been urged by friends and colleagues to treat the race as a farewell event, instead continued to talk only of the future.

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NBA: Teams Face Tight Schedule in Short Season

If the NBA and its players ratify a new contract in time play on Christmas Day, a shortened season would run through April 26 and require each team to play at least one stretch of games on three consecutive nights.

The NBA posted an outline of a possible schedule "assuming the season tips off on Christmas" on its website on Sunday.

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Mancini Says Liverpool behind Balotelli Red

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini accused Liverpool's players of getting Mario Balotelli sent off as the Premier League leaders were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Substitute Balotelli was given his marching orders in the 83rd minute following a second yellow card for elbowing Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel -- 18 minutes after the Italian had come on.

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FFA Chief Not Convinced '22 Will Go ahead in Qatar

Australia's football chief isn't convinced the 2022 World Cup will go ahead as planned in Qatar.

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy on Monday said the "last word hasn't been heard yet" on the FIFA vote which awarded the event to Qatar in preference to bids from countries including the United States and Australia.

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Federer Plans Renewed Challenge for Titles in 2012

Roger Federer believes his record sixth title at the ATP World Tour Finals will be the ideal springboard to end his Grand Slam drought in 2012.

Federer has finished the season without a Grand Slam for the first time since 2002, but the Swiss star will go into the new campaign on the back of a 17-match winning run that brought him trophies in Basel, Paris and at the prestigious end-of-year event at London's O2 Arena.

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Bayern Back to Basics after Mainz Shock

Bayern Munich's director of sport Christian Nerlinger has demanded the Bavarian giants go back to basics after their shock 3-2 defeat at Mainz left them third in the German league.

Bayern's loss on Sunday saw them slip to third, with champions Dortmund seizing top spot in the wake of their win over Schalke in the Ruhr derby on Saturday.

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Reluctant Retirement Looms for Barrichello

Forget the titles, push aside the record books, most local fans packing into Interlagos here Sunday may even cast off their dream that Felipe Massa, driving a Ferrari, will win their home Brazilian Grand Prix.

Instead, they will be there to cheer another different kind of hero - the old sort, another Paulista, but one who has been there, seen it all, collected the t-shirts and suffered all the slings and arrows in Formula One's longest career.

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