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James Shines as Heat Silence Thunder

LeBron James scored 34 points with 10 assists and seven rebounds as the Miami Heat held off Oklahoma City 98-93 in a game billed as a possible preview of the NBA finals.

The Heat on Wednesday stretched their NBA home winning streak to 17 games, somewhat making up for a blowout defeat two weeks ago in Oklahoma city.

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Ronaldo Double as Real Ease into Semifinals

Nine-time champions Real Madrid eased into the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday, beating APOEL Nicosia 5-2 in their quarterfinal second-leg clash and by 8-2 on aggregate.

A double from Cristiano Ronaldo, along with goals from Kaka, Angel Di Maria, and Jose Maria Callejon ensured the Spanish giants will meet Bayern Munich - who beat French side Marseille 2-0 on Tuesday and 4-0 on aggregate - in the final four.

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Chelsea Ousts Benfica to Set up Barca Semifinal

Three years after bitterly disputing their Champions League exit, Chelsea's players finally have their chance to avenge that semifinal loss to Barcelona.

The specter of "unfinished business" against the four-time European champions was raised by Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard immediately after the London club eliminated Benfica in the quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.

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Arab Sports Council Boycotts Adidas over East Jerusalem Event

Arab youth and sports ministers on Wednesday announced their boycott of sports apparel manufacturer Adidas over the company's sponsorship of last month's Jerusalem marathon.

"All companies that have sponsored the marathon of Jerusalem, including Adidas, will be boycotted," said Saudi Prince Nawaf bin Faisal, chairman of the Arab youth and sports council of ministers, after a meeting in Jeddah.

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Mourinho: Real to Roll out Big Guns against APOEL

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has insisted he will not make many changes to his team for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.

After the 3-0 victory in Nicosia last week, Real can, barring a miracle, almost certainly look forward to a semifinal place against Bayern Munich, who defeated Marseille earlier to move on.

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Ibrahimovic Left Disgusted by Barca Homecoming

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return to Barcelona ended with him feeling "disgusted" after two penalties led to AC Milan's 3-1 loss and exit from the Champions League on Tuesday.

Ibrahimovic was back at the Camp Nou for the first time since his 2010 exit from the Spanish champions after just one season and while the Sweden striker set up the Italian club's lone goal from Antonio Nocerino, he was kept from scoring.

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Heat Extend Home Win Streak to Clinch Playoff Berth

The Miami Heat won their 16th consecutive home game, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 99-93 to clinch their fourth straight National Basketball Association playoff berth.

LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points for the Heat who are an NBA best 22-2 at home this season.

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Olic Brace Fires Bayern into Semifinals

Bayern Munich reached the Champions League semi-finals after Croatia striker Ivica Olic netted both goals in a 2-0 win over Marseille in Tuesday's quarterfinal second leg.

With the Bavarians having won 4-0 on aggregate, Bayern will host the first leg of their semifinal on April 17, most likely against Real Madrid, who host APOEL with a 3-0 lead in the second leg of their last-eight match on Wednesday.

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Record-Breaking Messi Sends Barca into Semis

Lionel Messi scored two first-half penalties in a 3-1 win over AC Milan at the Nou Camp Tuesday to propel holders Barcelona to a fifth successive Champions League semifinal.

Messi's brace in the quarterfinal second leg took him to 51 Champions League goals - at 24 the youngest player to achieve the half century landmark - and a record total this season of 14, bettering the previous mark held by himself and Ruud van Nistelrooy of 12.

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Xavi in Doubt for Champions League Clash

Barcelona playmaker Xavi is a major doubt for the holders Champions League quarterfinal second leg match with AC Milan on Tuesday after he failed to train with the team on Monday.

The 32-year-old is suffering from a calf problem which has been affecting him for a couple of days, according to coach Pep Guardiola.

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