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Nowitzki Leads Dallas Mavericks over LA Clippers

Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks stretched their NBA win streak to four games with a 96-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Shawn Marion added 16 points for the Mavericks while Delonte West, Brendan Haywood and Vince Carter each contributed 10. The team improved to 18-11, 1 1/2 games behind first-place San Antonio in the Southwest division.

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Tevez Set for City Return, Says Agent

A representative of Carlos Tevez says the Argentina striker will return to Manchester City on Tuesday after spending nearly three months away from the club on unauthorized leave.

Paul McCarthy, Tevez's advisor, says the player is flying back from his native country on Monday because he "wants to be back playing football" and "wants to help Manchester City to win the title."

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Henry Looks to Give Arsenal Parting Gift vs Milan

Primed for a brief flirtation with the Champions League, Thierry Henry could give Arsenal the ideal parting gift by helping the English club to victory over AC Milan in the standout last-16 match in Europe's elite competition this week.

Wednesday's first leg at the San Siro will be Henry's last match in a relatively successful loan spell at Arsenal before he returns to the New York Red Bulls ahead of the new Major League Soccer season.

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Ronaldo Hat-Trick as Real Madrid Go 10 Points Clear

Cristiano Ronaldo hit his sixth hat-trick of the season as Real Madrid took a huge step towards winning La Liga, coming from behind to beat Levante 4-2 and open a 10-point lead over Barcelona.

After Gustavo Cabral gave Levante a surprise early lead, Ronaldo got his first from the penalty spot following a handball by Vicente Iborra, who was also dismissed for his second yellow card.

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Suarez Apologizes for Snubbing Evra Handshake

Luis Suarez apologized Sunday for refusing to shake hands with Patrice Evra while Liverpool criticized its player for the first time in this protracted racism dispute that has tarnished the reputation of one of England's storied clubs.

Suarez, a national player for Uruguay, snubbed Evra before Saturday's Premier League game at Old Trafford. This was the players' first meeting since Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing the Manchester United defender in October.

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Miami Heat Rout Atlanta Hawks to Stretch NBA Division Lead

LeBron James scored 23 points and Dwyane Wade added 21 to power the Miami Heat over the Atlanta Hawks 107-87 in an NBA rout by the reigning Eastern Conference champions.

Chris Bosh contributed 14 points and 16 rebounds for Miami while Mario Chalmers added 15 points for the Heat, who also got 13 rebounds from James.

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Rooney Double Sinks Liverpool as Tensions Flare

Wayne Rooney's double helped Manchester United down Liverpool 2-1 Saturday as the ill-feeling remaining from the Luis Suarez racism controversy escalated.

Suarez scored an 80th minute consolation for Liverpool to ensure an anxious finale for United but the game will be remembered for other reasons involving the Uruguay international.

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Two Serie A Games Called Off due to Snow

League leaders Juventus's match at Bologna on Sunday has been called off due to heavy snow while Fiorentina's trip to Parma has also fallen victim to the weather.

The decision in Bologna was taken by the local police after talks with security officials and both clubs.

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City Can Handle Title Pressure, Insists Mancini

Roberto Mancini has denied suggestions his Manchester City players are buckling under the strain of leading the Premier League.

City have topped the table for most of the season but they could find themselves deposed by Manchester United this weekend.

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Lin Scores 38 Points as Knicks Defeat Lakers

Jeremy Lin passed his biggest test since bursting onto the NBA scene last weekend, scoring a career-high 38 points to lead the Knicks to victory over Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers.

Lin, the first American of Taiwanese and Chinese heritage to play in the NBA, rewarded the faith of his fans, making 13-of-23 shots from the floor and passing out seven assists in the Knicks' 92-85 victory over the Lakers.

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