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NBA: Spurs Storm Past Thunder in Series Opener

LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 38 points in just three quarters on Saturday as the San Antonio Spurs stormed to a 124-92 victory over Oklahoma City in game one of their NBA playoffs second-round series.

The Spurs built a 23-point lead in the first quarter -- when they connected on 81.8 percent of their shots -- and the rout was on in game one of the Western Conference semi-finals in San Antonio.

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Lyon Beat Gazelec to Set up Monaco Make-or-Break Clash

Lyon beat Gazelec-Ajaccio 2-1 on Saturday to hold on to the coveted Ligue 1 runner-up spot and automatic entry to the Champions League.

The former multiple French champions are in a tight battle with Monaco for second, with only goal difference splitting the teams.

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Benitez Ready for Newcastle's Relegation 'Cup Finals'

Rafael Benitez says Newcastle face two 'cup finals' as their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League looks set to go down to the wire.

Benitez's side climbed out of the bottom three for the first time in almost two months thanks to Saturday's dramatic 1-0 victory over FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace, who themselves are not quite safe from danger.

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Wenger Confident of Fans' Backing after Norwich Win

Arsene Wenger believes he retains the support of the majority for Arsenal supporters following a day of protest at the Emirates Stadium.

A pre-arranged demonstration saw a number of fans hold up signs saying "time for change" during the 12th minute of Arsenal’s narrow, 1-0 home victory over relegation-threatened Norwich City on Saturday.

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Pochettino Pins Hopes on Leicester Collapse

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is doing his best to spook Premier League champions-elect Leicester City as his side prepare to face Chelsea knowing their destiny is out of their hands.

With Leicester needing three points to complete a fairytale title triumph ahead of their trip to Manchester United on Sunday, the race could be over by the time Spurs kick off at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

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Qatar Announces Death of World Cup Stadium Worker

An Indian steelworker taken ill at a Qatar World Cup site has died, organizers of the 2022 tournament announced in a statement on Saturday.

Jaleshwar Prasad, 48, died of a cardiac arrest after falling ill at the Al Bayt stadium on Wednesday morning, said the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body responsible for organizing the Qatar World Cup.

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Fiorentina Stalemate Puts Brakes on Euro Push

Fiorentina were held to a 0-0 draw by Chievo on Saturday which kept them in fifth place in Serie A and facing a potentially tortuous route in next season's Europa League.

Fiorentina are four points behind Inter Milan who face Lazio on Sunday where the result could be crucial -- a fourth-place finish in Serie A guarantees a group phase spot in the Europa League but a fifth-place means featuring in two preliminary rounds.

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Barca Beat Betis to Remain Top, Atletico, Real Keep up Pressure

Barcelona remain on top of La Liga with two games remaining as goals from Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez earned a 2-0 win over 10-man Real Betis on Saturday.

On a day of high tension when all three title contenders were at one point top of the table, Antoine Griezmann came off the bench to score the winner in Atletico Madrid's 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano to remain behind Barca solely due to their inferior head-to-head record.

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I'll Never Give Up, Says Reprimanded Hamilton

A crestfallen Lewis Hamilton vowed Saturday to "never give up" in his world title defense after another engine failure wrecked his hopes in qualifying for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

The defending three-time world champion was unable to take part in the Q3 top-ten shootout as his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg cruised to a 24th career pole position by seven-tenths of a second.

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Zidane Hopeful of Having Ronaldo and Benzema Fit for City

Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for Saturday's trip to Real Sociedad in La Liga but coach Zinedine Zidane is hopeful of having both back to face Manchester City next week.

Ronaldo has missed Madrid's last two games, including the 0-0 draw away to City in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, while Benzema came off in that match and his club later confirmed he was suffering from a thigh injury.

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