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Redknapp Requires Minor Heart Surgery

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who was admitted to hospital late Tuesday for tests, requires minor heart surgery, the Press Association reported on Wednesday.

The north London club has confirmed their 64-year-old coach was set to undergo a "medical procedure" that would rule him out of the Europa League trip to Rubin Kazan.

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Mourinho Unfazed by Real's Stade Gerland Hoodoo

Jose Mourinho says Real Madrid will only have victory in mind when they visit Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday, despite having never previously won at Stade Gerland.

Madrid lost on their first three visits to the stadium without scoring a goal, until a strike from OL old boy Karim Benzema in the last 16 last season set the Spanish giants on the way to a 4-1 aggregate victory.

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Djokovic Battles through on Comeback in Basel

World number one Novak Djokovic won a hard fought three setter against veteran Xavier Malisse at the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday as he revealed he has recovered from what he termed the worst injury of his career.

Djokovic, playing for the first time in six weeks after a back injury in the Davis Cup semi-finals left him in lying in agony on court in Serbia, finally overcame the in-form Belgian 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to progress to the second round.

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Messi Tops 200 Goals with Second Straight Hat Trick

Lionel Messi broke the 200-goal barrier for his Barcelona career with his second straight hat trick in a 4-0 win at Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night that advanced the club to the Champions League knockout stage.

AC Milan also advanced with a 1-1 tie at BATE Borisov, but Arsenal and Chelsea were held to draws and will have to wait until their final two games to earn a spot in the second round.

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A Long Year for McIlroy, a Sprint to the Finish

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy feels like it already has been a long year on and off the golf course. All he cares about now is a sprint to the finish.

Coming off a playoff win at the Shanghai Masters and its $2 million payoff, McIlroy is naturally a favorite at the HSBC Champions that starts on Thursday. It's a World Golf Championship that counts toward the European Tour money list and could go a long way toward helping McIlroy make up ground on Luke Donald.

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Milan to Play for Cassano in Champions Clash, Says Allegri

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says his team will be playing for star forward Antonio Cassano when they tackle BATE Borisov here in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Cassano has spent the last two days in hospital after being taken ill on the return to Milan from Rome following Saturday night's 3-2 success over Roma.

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Champions League Knockout Phase Beckons for Arsenal and Chelsea

Growing in belief and confidence with each game, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal can confirm their recent resurgence by reaching the Champions League last 16 with victory at home to Marseille on Tuesday.

After a wretched start to the season, in which they won just three of their opening eight games and were humiliated 8-2 by Manchester United, Arsenal have turned their campaign around with a run of eight wins in nine matches.

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Federer Wins on Return from Break to Delight Hometown Fans

Roger Federer gave his hometown fans exactly what they were seeking as the four-time champion moved into the second round of the ATP Swiss Indoors on Monday with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 defeat of Potito Starace.

Federer, who is seeded three here behind 2009 winner Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, showed some rustiness against the world number 54 before he claimed his sixth win in six meetings with the Italian.

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Messi among 23 Candidates for World Player Award

Lionel Messi is in the running for a third consecutive FIFA world player of the year award after being selected Tuesday among the 23 candidates for the 2011 prize.

Argentina forward Messi and seven of his teammates at European and Spanish champion Barcelona are on the Ballon d’Or shortlist, while archrival Real Madrid has five players nominated. Seven Spain internationals are in contention.

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Inter, Juventus Both Fined for Fans' Misbehavior

Inter Milan and Juventus have been fined by Italian sports justice authorities for the behavior of their fans during the pair's Serie A clash on Saturday.

Inter have been hit with a 20,000-euro fine after their supporters unfurled a banner evoking memories of the 1985 Heysel stadium tragedy.

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