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Kubica to Miss Start of 2012 F1 Season

Formula One team Renault has confirmed Robert Kubica will miss at least the early part of the 2012 season as he struggles to recover from serious injuries sustained in a rally crash this year.

Renault had been hoping Kubica would be fit to resume his role as the team's No. 1 driver from the start of 2012 but said Wednesday that he will not be ready to do so.

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Madrid Run Riot in Europe

Real Madrid made light work of Dinamo Zagreb winning 6-2 to make it five straight wins in Group D of the Champions League on a rainy night in the Spanish capital.

The Spaniards proved their strength in depth by resting key players in Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe and sharing the goals around with Karim Benzema and Jose Callejon scoring twice and Gonzalo Higuain and Mesut Ozil also on the scoresheet.

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Bayern Down Villarreal to Win Group

France winger Franck Ribery scored twice as Bayern Munich booked their place in the Champions League's knock-out phase with a 3-1 win over Villarreal on Tuesday.

After Napoli beat Manchester City 2-1 to go second in the table, Bayern are now five points clear at the top and will win Group A regardless of their last game away to the Premier League leaders.

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Federer Ranks Nadal Rout as One of His Best Ever

Roger Federer rated his masterful 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals as one of the best performances of his life.

Federer has enjoyed many remarkable days during his illustrious career, but even the 16-time Grand Slam champion was surprised by how completely he overwhelmed his old rival at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday.

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Spain Tops FIFA Rankings, England up to No. 5

World and European champion Spain stays atop FIFA’s monthly world rankings, despite losing a friendly to England which climbs two places to No. 5.

The Netherlands remains second but third-placed Germany narrowed the gap after winning 3-0 in a friendly between the sides.

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United Held as Elite Progress in Champions League

A finalist in three of the last four years, Manchester United is struggling to even get out of its group in this season's Champions League.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan were joined on Tuesday by two more of Europe's footballing elite, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, in the knockout stage of the game's biggest club competition.

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Barcelona Game Like Any Other for Ibrahimovic

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing meeting his former team Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, but insists it will be just like any other game.

There was no return to the Nou Camp for Ibrahimovic in September as he was injured for the 2-2 opening draw between the sides.

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Djokovic Battles Back to Subdue Berdych

World number one Novak Djokovic recovered from a slow start to defeat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) in his opening match at the ATP Tour Finals on Monday.

Djokovic, who joins David Ferrer at the top of Group A, has enjoyed a remarkably successful season but he had to show all his battling qualities to subdue the big-hitting Czech in over two and a half hours on court at London's O2 Arena.

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Lebanon’s Rida Antar Chosen Best Player by

Lebanon’s midfielder Rida Antar who inspired the country’s historic victory against South Korea during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers was chosen as’s player of the week.

The website recognized the player for his role in the victory, a first by Lebanon against the Asian nation.

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Real Madrid Plays Dinamo Looking to Top Group D

Real Madrid can clinch top spot in Group D of the Champions League with a victory against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday, while Lyon knows a loss against Ajax will see it miss out on the knockout stages for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

Madrid has won all four of its group matches without conceding a goal, while its Croatian opponent is winless and still looking for its first goal of the tournament. Madrid's 3-2 win over Valencia on Saturday was its 11th straight in all competitions to stay top of the Spanish league ahead of Barcelona.

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