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Sharapova Makes Rare Russia Fed Cup Appearance

Maria Sharapova hopes her first Fed Cup outing in three years will help erase the misery of her latest Grand Slam blow-out.

The three-time major winner, and former world number one who has struggled to rediscover her best form since a 2008 shoulder injury, suffered a tame fourth round defeat at the Australian Open.

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Arsenal's Fabianksi Out for Rest of Season

Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will miss the rest of the season following shoulder surgery, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said Thursday.

The Pole was injured during the warm-up ahead of Arsenal's Premier League match against Manchester City last month and has not played since.

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Djokovic Keen on Murray Doubles Matchup

Serbian world number three Novak Djokovic wants to pair up with Andy Murray, whom Djokovic beat to win the Australian Open, for the doubles tournament in Indian Wells, Sportske Novosti reported Wednesday.

"We spoke in Melbourne of the possibility of playing doubles together in Indian Wells and I will raise the issue again with him," Djokovic told the Serbian sports daily.

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Brawn says Schumacher Will be Stronger in 2011

Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn on Wednesday backed seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher to come back stronger this season after his disappointing return to Formula One last year.

Having come out of retirement, the 42-year-old Schumacher failed to reach the podium at all in the 2010 season and his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg finished 70 points ahead of him in the World Drivers' Championships.

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Torres Moves to Chelsea in British Transfer Record

Fernando Torres was sold from Liverpool to Chelsea on Monday for a British record transfer fee, said to be 50 million pounds ($79.5 million).

Monday's deal is soccer's third-most expensive transfer, exceeded by Real Madrid's 2009 purchases of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for 80 million pounds ($131 million) and Kaka from AC Milan for 65 million euros ($92 million). It will be a similar figure to that received by Inter Milan when the Italian team sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona the same year, a deal that sent Samuel Eto'o to Inter.

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Nabil Karam 3rd in French Ice Race

Lebanon’s former rally champion Nabil Karam came in third place in the elite category of the 12th stage of the Andros Trophy car race on artificial ice held in France, the National News Agency reported Tuesday.

Karam came third from among 36 elite drivers at Super Besse, NNA said. Among them were six formula one drivers, such as former French Formula One champion Alain Prost and Canadian star Jacques Villeneuve.

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Djokovic Wins Australian Open Title

Novak Djokovic's commanding Australian Open win over Andy Murray broke the Federer-Nadal Grand Slam monopoly and heralds a new era for men's tennis, Australian media said Monday.

The Serbian world number three dominated Sunday's three-set clash with a display described as "crushing" by the local press.

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Celtics Beat Lakers 109-96 in NBA Finals Rematch

Paul Pierce says the Boston Celtics had no reason to discuss their heartbreaking loss in Game 7 of the NBA finals last summer before they returned to Staples Center on Sunday.

With a spectacularly fluid performance on offense against the outclassed Lakers, Pierce and the Celtics showed some things just don't need to be said out loud.

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Chelsea Determined to Keep Grip on FA Cup

The Premier League may be slipping out of their grasp but holders Chelsea are in no mood to relinquish their grip on the FA Cup as the world's oldest knockout football competition resumes on Saturday.

After a disastrous form slump which has left them trailing Manchester United by 10 points in the league, last season's double winners Chelsea have sparked into life heading into Saturday's fourth round tie with Everton.

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Li Shrugs Off Chinese Grand Slam Frenzy

Li Na Friday said she was largely unaware of the huge excitement in China before her historic Australian Open final, despite dozens of messages from well-wishers and her best friend calling up in tears.

Li said she hadn't read any coverage on the Internet after Chinese sites and newspapers were awash with news of her achievement and the country's tennis chief compared her to basketball superstar Yao Ming.

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