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Ronaldo Double Steers Madrid into Quarters

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as nine-time champions Real Madrid eased into the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday, a 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow giving Jose Mourinho's men a 5-2 aggregate victory.

Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema were also on target as Real joined bitter rivals Barcelona in the last eight, the draw for which will be held on Friday.

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Knicks Respond to D'Antoni Departure with Win

The New York Knicks responded to the turmoil of coach Mike D'Antoni's resignation with a resounding 121-79 victory over Portland that ended a six-game NBA skid.

D'Antoni departed Wednesday morning, under fire as defeats piled up and star player Carmelo Anthony failed to mesh with headline-grabbing newcomer point guard Jeremy Lin.

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Lewis Hamilton Excited by 'Fresh Start'

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is looking forward to a "fresh start" in the new Formula One season after being hit by problems on and off the track last year.

The 27-year-old Briton says he is aiming for a more focused approach than 2011, when he was distracted by relationship problems with his pop-star girlfriend and also changed his management set-up.

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Chelsea Advances to Champions League Quarters in Extra-Time

Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo believes his team's nail-biting Champions League victory over Napoli can inspire the club to a successful season finale.

The Premier League giants confounded the bookmakers as well as the weight of history on Wednesday as they overturned a 3-1 first leg deficit with a pulsating 4-1 win over the Italians at Stamford Bridge.

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Ferguson: Anderson out for 'up to Five Weeks'

Manchester United's Anderson could be sidelined for up to five weeks with a hamstring injury, the Premier League leaders' manager Sir Alex Ferguson said on Wednesday.

The Brazilian midfielder has seen his season blighted by fitness problems and did not travel to Spain for Thursday's Europa League last 16 second leg tie against Athletic Bilbao.

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Raikkonen Unenthusiastic on F1 Return

On the eve of his first Formula One practice session in three years, Kimi Raikkonen was typically underwhelmed Thursday, saying he rarely bothered to watch the sport during his absence.

Raikkonen is back from a spell in rally cars and various other forms of racing, joining a Lotus team which is regarded as long shot to win this weekend's season-opening race in Australia.

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Alonso Says Ferrari Can still Win Title

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says the team still expects to fight for the Formula One title this season despite acknowledging the scarlet cars are likely to struggle in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

Alonso said Thursday that this year's car is still not a finished product heading into Friday's first practice session and that the team is behind the likes of Red Bull and McLaren in development.

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Federer, Nadal Advance at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal breezed into the fourth round at Indian Wells on Tuesday where he was joined by Roger Federer who had to dig deep to fend off rising star Milos Raonic in three sets.

Where world number three Federer had to come from behind to beat Canada's Raonic 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-4, his Spanish rival cruised by Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-4, to extend his winning run against his compatriots to 10 matches.

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Howard Powers Magic over Miami in Possible Farewell

Dwight Howard, the major subject of transfer talk as the NBA trade deadline nears, scored 24 points and grabbed 25 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic over Miami 104-98 in over-time.

Jameer Nelson on Tuesday added 25 points, including two layups late in over-time, while J.J. Redick scored 17 points and Ryan Anderson had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Orlando won for the second time in three games with Miami this season.

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Last Gasp Brandao Stuns Inter as Marseille Progress

Brazilian substitute Brandao scored in injury time to send Marseille into the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since winning the competition in 1993 as they ousted Inter Milan.

Inter won the second round, second leg match 2-1 at the San Siro after a hectic finish in which Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda was sent off giving away a penalty even later in injury time.

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