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Nadal, Djokovic Face French Open Last-Eight Duel

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic were placed on a French Open quarter-final collision course in Friday's draw.

Nadal is seeded a lowly sixth this year after slipping to seven in the rankings and as a result was always likely to face one of his major rivals in the last eight.

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Wenger Rewards Rosicky with Extension

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is to recognize the continued importance of veteran playmaker Tomas Rosicky by extending the veteran midfielder's contract until the end of the 2015-2016 season.

The deal takes the 34-year-old into a tenth season with the North London giant, where he has made 242 appearances, winning just one trophy in that time, the FA Cup in 2014.

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Famed Coach Le Roy Turns Sights to Olympics

Highly successful Africa Cup of Nations coach Claude le Roy adjusts his sights Saturday toward the 2016 Rio Olympic Games football qualifiers.

His Congo Brazzaville team enter the competition against 1992 bronze medalists Ghana at Accra Sports Stadium in the first leg of a second-round eliminator.

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Estoyanoff Gets Six-Match Ban for Tunnel Assault

Al Nassr winger Fabian Estoyanoff was Thursday banned for six matches and fined $10,000 for a violent assault on Lekhwiya's South Korean midfielder Nam Tae-hee in an Asian Champions League match.

The Uruguayan was seen grabbing Nam by the neck in television footage, pushing him against a wall and raining down punches on him in the players' tunnel at the end of a group stage match in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) premier club competition on May 6.

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Hamilton Deserves his Cash, Says Lauda

World champion Lewis Hamilton deserves all the money he earns from his new three-year contract with Mercedes, according to team director Niki Lauda.

Austrian Lauda, a three-time world champion, was closely involved in the negotiations that led to Wednesday’s confirmation of a deal that is widely reported to be worth more than 100 million dollars.

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Matri's Cup Winner Keeps Juve Treble Alive

An extra-time winner by Alessandro Matri kept Juventus on track for the treble as the Serie A champions ended a 20-year wait for an Italian Cup final victory with a 2-1 win over Lazio on Wednesday.

Juventus were stunned after just four minutes when Stefan Radu rose to beat Marco Storari with a powerful header from a free-kick after Paul Pogba had given away a needless foul on the right flank.

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Sponsors Pressure FIFA amid Fresh Qatar Worker Abuse Claims

Major sponsors Visa and Coca-Cola Wednesday pressed FIFA to help improve labor conditions in Qatar as Amnesty International accused the 2022 World Cup host of failing to deliver on promised reforms for migrant workers.

"We continue to be troubled by the reports coming out of Qatar related to the World Cup and migrant worker conditions," credit card giant Visa said, adding that it had expressed its "grave concern" directly to football's top body.

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FIFA Chief's Mideast Peace Bid Fails

FIFA president Sepp Blatter saw his Mideast peace-making mission crumble on Wednesday after the Palestinians vowed to press efforts to have Israel suspended at the upcoming world football congress.

After months of rising tensions over plans by the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) to have its Israeli counterpart expelled from FIFA, Blatter himself flew into the region on Tuesday on a mission to resolve the dispute.

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Contador Retains Giro Lead as Zakarin Claims 11th Stage

Spain's Alberto Contador retained the lead of the Giro d'Italia after Wednesday's 11th stage won by the Katusha team's Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin.

Zakarin biked in to victory alone after the 153km ride from Forli to Imola.

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Hamilton Signs New 3-Year Deal with Mercedes

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton signed a new 3-year deal with Mercedes on Wednesday, ending rumors of his potential move to Ferrari.

The deal was announced ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

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