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Hamilton Seizes Pole in Malaysia

Britain's Lewis Hamilton made it two straight pole positions to start the season as he dominated qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Hamilton, who started from pole last week in Australia but finished the race third, timed 1min 36.219sec around the Sepang circuit ahead of team-mate Jenson Button, with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher third.

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Venus, Nadal, Azarenka Advance at Miami

Venus Williams, in only her second WTA match after a long illness layoff, upset world number three Petra Kvitova on Friday to reach the third round of the WTA and ATP Miami hardcourt tournament.

World number two Rafael Nadal cruised in his opener and women's top seed Victoria Azarenka stretched her win streak to 24 matches at the $9.6 million event, but seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Williams stole the show.

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Hoodie-Clad Heat Win and Send Off-Court Message

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade led the Miami Heat in sending a supportive message over a controversial killing on Friday in addition to scoring the most points in the team's NBA triumph over Detroit.

Wade scored 24 points and James added 17 to lead the visiting Heat over the Detroit Pistons 88-73. Miami improved to 35-11, the second-best record in the NBA, trailing only the Chicago Bulls at 39-10.

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'Forget Olympics', Wenger Tells Wilshere

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told injury-plagued Jack Wilshere to forget about playing in the Olympic Games and target a full Premier League season instead.

Wilshere hasn't played at all in the current campaign due to a stress fracture of his right ankle although he could feature in the closing stages of the season as Arsenal look to clinch a Champions League spot.

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Hamilton Steals Show in Malaysia Practice

Lewis Hamilton hogged the limelight Friday as he topped both practice sessions at the Malaysian Grand Prix, making up in small part for his bitter disappointment in Melbourne.

McLaren's 2008 world champion, who is yet to win at Sepang, scorched to 1min 38.021sec in the morning drive and he again led the way on a stifling afternoon with a time of 1:38.172.

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Serena, Clijsters, Sharapova Advance at Miami

Serena Williams, saying she felt nervous and rusty, made a triumphant WTA return from a left ankle injury, defeating China's Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3 at the WTA and ATP Miami hardcourt event.

Fellow former World No. 1 players Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki also on Thursday advanced to the third round at the $9.6 million tournament, which awarded byes in the first round to seeded players.

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Juve Fined again for Racist Chants

Juventus have been hit with their third fine of the season for racist chanting by their fans during Tuesday's Italian Cup semi-final against AC Milan.

Italian sporting authorities handed out a 20,000-euro fine, double the penalty Juve were given in January after racist chanting directed at Udinese's Pablo Armero, of Colombia, and Cape Verde-born Swiss international Gelson Fernandes.

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Rooney Says Sorry after Breaking Young Fan's Wrist

Wayne Rooney has apologized to a nine-year-old Manchester United supporter after the striker accidentally broke the boy's wrist with a stray shot before his side's 5-0 win at Wolves on Sunday.

Rooney was taking shots at goal during the pre-match warm-up and one wild effort from the United star flew into the crowd and struck Jamie Thomas on the wrist as he tried to block the ball.

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Emirate Plans Real Madrid Theme Park

Real Madrid football club will spread its brand to the Middle East and Asia by lending its name to a $1 billion theme park on a man-made island in the United Arab Emirates, it said on Thursday.

Executives unveiled plans for the "Real Madrid Resort Island", featuring an ocean-side stadium and hi-tech club museum in the northern Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, on the doorstep of the lucrative football-mad Asian market.

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Erdogan Launches Turkish Bid to Host Euro 2020

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged UEFA to award his country the right to host the 2020 European football championships.

"Give us Euro 2020," said Erdogan at the end of his address before the UEFA Congress here.

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