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Stosur Ready to Beat Local-Favorite Goerges

Australia's Samantha Stosur says she is ready to beat Germany's Julia Goerges -- and the passionate home crowd -- in Saturday's semi-final here at Stuttgart's WTA tournament.

The 27-year-old beat second-seed Vera Zvonareva 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) in Thursday's quarter-final to reach the last four and hopes to beat Goerges to reach her first final of the year in her eighth tournament of 2011.

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Schumacher Hopeful of Rosberg Push

Michael Schumacher's hopes of a chance to challenge for race victories this year improved last weekend in China but thanks mainly to the speed and skill of his Mercedes team-mate and fellow-German Nico Rosberg.

Seven-times champion Schumacher, 42, has struggled to impress in general and beat Rosberg in particular since he returned to Formula One last year after a three-year absence.

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Real Fans Party in Madrid After Spanish Cup Win

Real Madrid fans chanted, waved flags and honked car horns across Madrid to cheer their first Spanish Cup win since 1993 in a 1-0 extra-time victory Wednesday over arch rivals Barcelona.

Within minutes of the final whistle, hundreds of delighted fans waving Spanish and Real Madrid flags began streaming into Madrid's central Cibeles Square chanting "Champions, Champions" and "The Cup is here."

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Celtic Football Boss Targeted By Parcel Bomb

Parcel bombs were sent to Celtic boss Neil Lennon and two high-profile fans of the club in a dramatic escalation of football tensions in the divided city of Glasgow, police said Wednesday.

The devices targeting Lennon, his lawyer Paul McBride and member of the Scottish parliament Trish Godman were found at various locations across the west of Scotland in the past month.

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Clijsters on Track for French Open

Kim Clijsters is on track to be fit in time for the French Open following the ankle injury she sustained while at a cousin's wedding, her physiotherapist told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper.

"Kim is able to walk about without crutches, She needs some four to six weeks to complete her recovery. We are perfectly on track," said Sam Verslegers.

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Vettel Licks Wounds and Learns His Lessons

Defending world drivers' champion Sebastian Vettel has vowed to heed the lessons of his and his Red Bull team's first defeat of the season in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old German, beaten into second place by an excellent attacking drive from Briton Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 champion, in a McLaren, said it was clear that his two-stop strategy for the race was the wrong one.

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Monte Carlo Now Seventh Heaven for Nadal

Rafael Nadal pronounced himself "a lucky guy" after sweeping to a seventh straight title at the Monte Carlo Masters by dispatching fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday.

"It would have been impossible to imagine a few years ago winning seven titles here," Nadal said after a victory in two hours and 16 minutes, his 12th of 16 against his good friend. "I'm a lucky guy to have done this by age 24."

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Vettel Storms to Pole in China

World championship leader Sebastian Vettel breezed to pole position for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix after his Red Bull left Britain's Jenson Button trailing 0.7 seconds back in second place.

The 23-year-old German clocked a lap of one minute 33.706 seconds in Saturday's qualifying session, the fastest ever time recorded at the Shanghai circuit, sending a strong message to rivals that he remains the man to beat.

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Hodgson Backing for Struggling Torres

West Bromwich manager boss Roy Hodgson has said that Spanish striker Fernando Torres will eventually start scoring goals for Chelsea despite his poor start at the Club.

Torres was at Liverpool with Hodgson as coach, before transferring to Stamford Bridge in January after which Hodgson was sacked and eventually ended up at West Brom.

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Toyota to Operate All Plants in May at Half Volume

Japan's Toyota Motor Co. said Friday it would operate all its domestic plants at half normal volume from May 10 to June 3, citing problems with parts supply following the quake and tsunami disaster.

"As (Toyota) continues to address its production situation in Japan following the disaster, it has decided that vehicle production from May 10 to June 3 will proceed at approximately 50 percent of normal," the company said.

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