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Olympic Groups Break with Umbrella Body in Protest

A day after his blistering attack on Olympic leaders, Marius Vizer faced isolation and a growing backlash Tuesday as international sports bodies suspended or broke off ties with his umbrella organization and rallied behind IOC President Thomas Bach.

Vizer remained defiant, sticking to his guns and declaring of the Olympic establishment: "We don't need cardinals of sport. We don't need popes."

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Smalling Extends Man United Deal to 2019

England center-back Chris Smalling has extended his contract with Manchester United until 2019, the Premier League giants announced on Tuesday.

Smalling, 25, joined United from Fulham in a £10 million ($14.9 million, 13.9 million euros) deal five years ago and is enjoying his best season to date at Old Trafford, having made 23 appearances and scoring four goals.

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Croatian Team Doctor an 'Extraterrestrial', Fumes Ancelotti

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Croatian team doctor Boris Nemec in a row over a medial ligament sprain suffered by Luka Modric.

The former Spurs midfielder has been ruled out for up to six weeks after suffering the injury in clash with Malaga midfielder Recio on Saturday.

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Benzema Adds to Madrid Injury Woes

Karim Benzema looks set to join Luka Modric and Gareth Bale on the sidelines for Real Madrid's decisive Champions League quarter-final, second leg clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday with a knee problem.

"After the tests carried out on Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid medical team, they have diagnosed a sprain in the medial collateral ligament in his right knee," the club said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Juventus Ready to End Italy's Champions League Semis Drought

On Monaco's sun-kissed shores, Juventus can prove Italian football isn't on its deathbed.

The first decade of this millennium was one of Italian glory. Between them, Milan's teams — AC and Inter — won the Champions League three times. Only Spain, with three titles from Real Madrid and Barcelona, did as well from 2001-2010.

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Third Trophyless Year Sharpens Scrutiny of Rodgers at Anfield

While rarely short on bravado or self-confidence these days, Brendan Rodgers did betray a sense of trepidation when taking the Liverpool job.

"It's the start of a long, hard journey for us," Rodgers said in a rare televised dressing room team talk before his first game in charge in 2012. "If it was easy it wouldn't be worth doing ... you can only trust yourselves."

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The Pipeline: How Baseball-Mad Cuba Develops Top-Tier Talent

Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and other Cuban baseball players arriving in the major leagues in recent years all come from the same pipeline: state-run academies that produce hundreds of players in the baseball-mad island.

While major league teams have academies where they groom their own prospects in other talent-rich Latin American countries like the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, players in Cuba are hand-picked by the government in elementary school and developed to feed its national team and dozens of national and regional leagues.

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Butler Scores 31, Bulls Beat Bucks 91-82 to Go up 2-0

Jimmy Butler set a playoff career-high for the second straight game with 31 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-82 on Monday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round NBA playoffs series.

After scoring 25 points in Game 1, Butler was at his best down the stretch, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter.

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Eagles Sign Quarterback Tim Tebow to 1-Year Contract

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract, giving the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner his first shot in the NFL since the Patriots cut him before the 2013 season.

The team announced the deal Monday but did not disclose financial terms.

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Elche Beats Real Sociedad 1-0 in the Spanish league

Jonathas took advantage of a defensive blunder to score in the first half, giving Elche a 1-0 home win against Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Monday.

Poor control and hesitation by Sociedad midfielder Markel Bergara allowed Jonathas to steal the ball before racing away unchallenged to score his 10th goal of the season by beating Argentina goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the 18th minute.

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