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LeBron James Engaged to Long-Time Girlfriend

NBA superstar LeBron James is engaged to marry long-time girlfriend Savannah Brinson, who accepted his proposal at a lavish New Year's Eve dinner party in Miami.

Brinson was the high school sweetheart of the Miami Heat playmaker and is the mother of James' two sons, seven-year-old LeBron Jnr and four-year-old Bryce.

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Spanish Football Returns with Copa del Rey

Real Madrid and Barcelona can set the stage for another pair of "clasicos" by beating Malaga and Osasuna when Spanish football returns from its annual winter break this week with the Copa del Rey's round of 16.

Madrid and Barcelona both play their first leg at home, and big victories there would all but end their opponents' hopes of pulling off an upset in the return match.

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Top-Form Serena Out of Love with tennis

Serena Williams says she has fallen out of love with tennis despite recording an impressive comeback win over Chanelle Scheepers in the first round of the Brisbane International on Monday.

Playing her first match since losing the U.S. Open final to Samantha Stosur in August, Williams showed why she is the most feared player in the draw as she outgunned Scheepers 6-2, 6-3.

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Clijisters Wins Easily in First Round at Brisbane

Kim Clijsters began preparation for the defense of her Australian Open singles title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Romania's Simona Halep in the first round of the Brisbane International on Sunday.

Clijsters beat China's Li Na in the final at last year's opening Grand Slam at Melbourne Park. This year's Australian Open begins Jan. 16.

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Djokovic Beats Ferrer to Win Abu Dhabi Exhibition

Novak Djokovic showed he remains the player to beat in 2012, routing David Ferrer 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to win the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament.

The top-ranked Djokovic also beat Gael Monfils and then routed Roger Federer en route to his first Abu Dhabi title.

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Vermaelen Out of Fulham Clash

Arsenal's injury-plagued Belgian international central defender Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out of Monday's Premier League match with Fulham.

The 26-year-old Belgian national captain - who missed most of last season through injury - strained a calf in the 1-0 win over QPR on Saturday.

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Tennis: Lendl Looms as Unlikely Savior

British tennis fans longing for their first male Grand Slam winner since Fred Perry in 1936 will be hoping the unlikely figure of Ivan Lendl can help break the country's long title drought.

Lendl made a dramatic return to top flight tennis this week when Scotland's Andy Murray announced the former world No.1 had taken over as his fulltime coach with immediate effect.

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Serena Doesn't Regret U.S. Open Outburst

Serena Williams says she doesn't regret her outburst during last year's U.S. Open final and warns she would do it again if her emotions are as high as they were during her loss to Australia's Samantha Stosur.

Williams reacted angrily when chair umpire Eva Asderaki ruled that her shout of "come on!" after hitting a forehand was a hindrance and awarded a point to Stosur.

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EPL Stars Probed over 'Perks'

English Premier League football clubs and their star players are being investigated by the tax authorities over "secret perks", a newspaper reported Sunday.

Investigators from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs have interviewed finance directors at Britain's richest clubs to find out more about the benefits footballers receive, The Mail on Sunday said.

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Olympics at Risk from Shadowy Fixers

Fixing now poses the biggest threat to the integrity of the Olympics, the British minister for the 2012 London Games told The Sunday Times newspaper, citing illegal Asian betting rings.

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said fixing had overtaken drugs cheats in terms of the threat posed to the reputation of the Games.

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