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Grizzlies Stay in Title Hunt by Beating Clippers

Spanish center Marc Gasol scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over the Los Angeles Clippers 90-88 on Friday and sustain their NBA playoff title hopes.

The Grizzlies and Clippers are deadlocked 3-3 in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round playoff series with game seven at Memphis on Sunday to decide which club will advance to face the San Antonio Spurs in round two.

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Olympic Champion Hooker Vaults to London

Australia's reigning Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker is set for the London Games after clearing the qualifying height in Perth.

Hooker, 29, making his first competitive outing in three months, cleared 5.72 meters on his second attempt to secure his berth at a third Olympics.

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I'm Back, Gatlin Warns after Doha Victory

Justin Gatlin, dead and buried after a four-year doping ban that saw him, in desperation, mull a potential career in American football?

Not likely, the American insisted after scorching to a blistering 9.87 seconds to win the 100m at the opening leg of the 14-meet Diamond League here.

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Fergie Brushes Off City Power Shift Talk

Sir Alex Ferguson has brushed off talk of a new order in English football as bitter rivals Manchester City prepare to snatch his team's Premier League crown.

Manchester United travel to Sunderland on Sunday knowing that a City victory over Queens Park Rangers at Eastlands will effectively clinch the title for Roberto Mancini's side.

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Djokovic Loses, Won't Return to Madrid's Blue Clay

Novak Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal in declaring he won't play again on the new blue clay court at the Madrid Open after losing to Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (2), 6-3 Friday in an all-Serb quarterfinal.

Tipsarevic won for the second time in five matches against Djokovic, who last lost at this stage in November at the Paris Masters.

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Inzaghi, Gattuso Leaving AC Milan

Filippo Inzaghi and Gennaro Gattuso have decided to leave AC Milan, signaling the end of an era a day after Alessandro Nesta also bid goodbye to the Rossoneri.

After meeting with Milan vice president Adriano Galliani, the 34-year-old Gattuso announced, "It's time to move aside and leave space to others. ... I'll go away for a year and then we'll see."

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Guinness Recognizes Surfer for Riding 78-Foot Wave

The Guinness World Records has recognized a 44-year-old Hawaii pro surfer for catching a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal, saying the November feat beats a 2008 record for the biggest ridden by more than 1 foot.

Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara of Haleiwa, on Oahu's North Shore, told The Associated Press that the ride of his life was a fluke.

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Nuggets Rout Lakers to Force Game Seven

The Denver Nuggets routed an ailing Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers 113-96 to stay alive in their NBA Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Facing elimination for the second straight game, the Nuggets wasted no time in setting a tone, racing to a 13-0 lead.

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76ers Oust Chicago Bulls, Book Clash with Celtics

The Philadelphia 76ers edged Chicago 79-78, ousting the top-seeded Bulls from the first round of the NBA playoffs and booking a clash with the Boston Celtics.

Andre Iguodala Thursday drained two free throws with 2.2 seconds to play as the 76ers advanced with a 4-2 victory in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.

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Nadal Loses to Verdasco as Djokovic, Federer Advance in Madrid

Rafael Nadal lost to Spanish countryman Fernando Verdasco for the first time in the Madrid Open on Thursday, then threatened, along with top-ranked Novak Djokovic, not to return if the new blue clay-court wasn't discarded.

Nadal blew a 5-2 lead in the third set in losing 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, his first defeat to Verdasco in 14 matches.

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