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Rafael The Only Blip for United Ahead of Chelsea

Brazilian Rafael could be Manchester United's only doubt for the Champions League quarter-final, second leg clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old suffered a knee injury in last week's first leg at Stamford Bridge, won 1-0 by United, ruling him out of Saturday's Premier League win over Fulham.

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Webber Dominates Formula One Malaysian Practice

Red Bull's Mark Webber went quickest in both Malaysian Grand Prix practice sessions on Friday in a dominant display which raised hopes he can erase a disappointing start to the season.

Webber, fifth two weeks ago in Melbourne, bested McLaren's Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, while his team-mate and 2010 champion Sebastien Vettel focused on testing Red Bull's misfiring Kinetic Energy Regeneration System (KERS).

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Alonso Expects Ferrari to Deliver

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso said he is expecting more from his Ferrari team at the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix after a disappointing season opener.

In spite of some strong results during winter testing, the Spaniard was unable to match the pace of reigning title-holder Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in Melbourne two weeks ago.

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Formula One: Red Bull Expecting Malaysia Fightback

Red Bull chief Christian Horner has warned his team not to expect an easy run in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix and to be ready for a backlash from big rivals Ferrari and McLaren.

Red Bull's world champion driver German Sebastian Vettel won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix convincingly two weeks ago, leaving the chasing pack in his wake.

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Croatian Karlovic Advances in Houston Tennis

Former winner Ivo Karlovic continued his domination over German Benjamin Becker, winning 7-5 (7/5), 6-4 in the first round of the US Men's Clay Court Championship.

Qualifier Karlovic now has six victories and no losses against Becker. He also beat Becker en route to the Houston title four years ago.

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Too Early 'to Write Us Off' Says Schumacher

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher Tuesday urged his fans not to write off his Mercedes GP Petronas F1 team following a disastrous season-opening race in Australia.

"There is absolutely no doubt we want to do better than in the opening race, which was a disappointment for all of us. We clearly see that as a challenge and it is much too early to write us off," he said in a statement.

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Friedel Starts Talks on New Villa Deal

Aston Villa have begun talks on a new deal for veteran American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, his agent said on Monday.

Friedel's current deal runs out in the summer, but the 39-year-old has been in good form of late and coach Gerard Houllier has indicated he would address a new deal before seaons's end.

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Shooting Set to End Top Lebanese Female Boxer's Career

Top Lebanese female boxer Rola El-Halabi, who is recovering in hospital after being gunned down by her step-father before a world title fight, may never return to the ring, her promoter said on Sunday.

El-Halabi, 26, was shot her in the hands, feet and knees in her dressing room as she prepared to fight for the WIBF world lightweight title in Karlshorst, Berlin, on Friday night.

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Djokovic Beats Nadal to Win Key Biscayne Title

The target of Novak Djokovic's most vicious forehand was a wooden ball box, and the swing produced an angry thud.

He disposed of another uncooperative racket by flinging it to the concrete, drawing jeers from an otherwise supportive crowd.

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Nadal beats Federer at Key Biscayne

Rafael Nadal usually receives a trophy when he beats Roger Federer. This time, the reward is a chance to play Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Nadal advanced with surprising ease Friday drubbing his old rival 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open.

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