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Chelsea Seal FA Cup as Liverpool Denied Double

Chelsea withstood a late Liverpool onslaught to seal their fourth FA Cup final victory in six seasons here Saturday with a 2-1 win at Wembley.

A goal in each half from Brazilian midfielder Ramires and veteran striker Didier Drogba clinched a narrowly deserved win for Chelsea, with substitute Andy Carroll scoring for Liverpool.

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76ers down Bulls, Rondo Lifts Celtics

The Philadelphia 76ers rallied to beat the top-seeded Chicago Bulls 79-74 on Friday and gain a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round NBA playoff series.

The battered Bulls, already without reigning league Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, suffered another injury blow as French center Joakim Noah hurt his ankle in the third quarter of the defeat.

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Wenger Confident van Persie Will Stay

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident Robin van Persie will remain at the club after a prolific season that has seen the Dutch striker crowned Footballer of the Year.

Van Persie declared he would "always be a Gunner" on Thursday after collecting his latest honor from the Footballer Writers' Association at a London awards ceremony.

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NBA: Nuggets Turn Tables on Lakers

A return home proved just what the Denver Nuggets needed on Friday as they downed the Los Angeles Lakers 99-84 to narrow the gap in their NBA Western Conference first-round playoff series.

The Nuggets, who had never led in losing the first two games of the series in Los Angeles, jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first quarter to put the Lakers on their heels and led by as many as 24 in the first half.

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Safa Wins Football League Championship

For the first time in history, Safa won its first ever league title Friday defeating Nejmeh 1-0 in a match attended by more than 11 thousand spectators in Sidon.

Although violence erupted in the stands between supporters of the two teams threating to mar the occasion, security forces were able to contain the chaos with one injury reported after sustained bottle throwing.

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Blue 'Smurf' Clay Draws Mixed Reviews before Madrid Debut

Venus Williams thinks it's a fashion statement. A Canadian player describes it as "Smurf clay." Rafael Nadal calls it a mistake.

The Madrid Open is receiving extra attention this year as the Masters Series event for men and women will be the first top-level tournament played on blue clay instead of the traditional red surface.

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Heat Close Strong to Push Knicks to Brink

LeBron James scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat defeated New York 87-70 to take a commanding 3-0 lead over the Knicks in their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

James on Thursday scored eight straight points to start the fourth and Miami's first 11 points of the period as the Heat pulled away from the injury-depleted Knicks.

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Rooney Tops Premier League Goal Poll

Wayne Rooney's stunning overhead kick in the Manchester derby in February 2011 has been voted as the greatest goal in the 20 seasons of the Premier League in a ballot of more than 300,000 fans.

England striker Rooney acrobatically volleyed home Nani's 77th-minute cross to take United eight points clear of City in the league standings en route to a record 19th English league title.

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Thunder Roll over Mavs, Lead Series 3-0

The Oklahoma City Thunder humbled the Dallas Mavericks 95-79, pushing the reigning NBA champions to the brink of elimination in the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs.

NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant on Thursday scored 31 points to lead the Thunder, who took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and will try to complete the sweep on Saturday in Dallas.

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Real Madrid Clinch La Liga Title

Real Madrid claimed their first Spanish title in four years, ending the reign of bitter rivals Barcelona to boot, as they beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Wednesday for what is their 32nd league crown.

Gonzalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo scored the goals to give Jose Mourinho a record-breaking four titles in four different countries and the victory required with two games remaining.

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