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Agassi Picks Nadal over Federer as All-Time Best

Andre Agassi has picked Rafael Nadal ahead of Grand Slam record-holder Roger Federer when asked to choose the best player in tennis history, a report said on Thursday.

The American, putting a new slant on one of the sport's great debates, said he prefers Nadal because the Spaniard has thrived in an ultra-competitive "golden age of tennis".

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Domestic Bliss Eases European Pain for PSG

Paris Saint-Germain have spent vast sums over the last three years building a squad of international superstars, but a goal scored by a Paris-born striker will be remembered as the defining moment of their season.

That goal, though, was scored by PSG fan Demba Ba for Chelsea three minutes from the end of the Champions League quarterfinal second-leg tie between the clubs and it took the English side into the last four on away goals.

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Alonso Eyes Ferrari Resurrection in Spain

Fernando Alonso returns to race on home soil this weekend hoping for an unlikely resurrection of the form and pace that delivered his and Ferrari's last victory.

That came a year ago in the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya where the two-time world champion won ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, then of Lotus, and Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari.

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Real's Title Hopes Dashed by Valladolid Draw

Real Madrid's La Liga title hopes were all but ended as they conceded five minutes from time to draw 1-1 away to Valladolid on Wednesday.

Sergio Ramos' free-kick had given Madrid the lead 10 minutes before half-time, but Humberto Osorio's late header rounded off a horrible evening for the visitors as Cristiano Ronaldo also hobbled off with an injury.

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No Major Surprises in Brazil's World Cup Squad

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari announced his World Cup squad on Wednesday without any major surprises, choosing most of the players who won last year's Confederations Cup.

Scolari's 23-name list includes 16 players who were in the team that won last year's warm-up tournament by beating world champion Spain in the final.

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French Club Names Woman Coach in Landmark Move

French second division club Clermont on Wednesday named Helena Costa as coach, making the Portuguese the highest-level woman in charge of a men's team in the major European championships.

Costa, 36, has been the coach of the women's national sides in Qatar and Iran.

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Unheralded Thiem Knocks Wawrinka from Madrid

Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem scored the biggest victory of his young career on Tuesday when he rallied for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over third-ranked Stanislas Wawrinka at the Madrid Open.

The 20-year-old Thiem showed composure beyond his years in knocking the Australian Open champion out of the clay court event to reach the third round.

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Heat and Spurs Win 2nd-Round Series Openers

Defending champion Miami and perennial power San Antonio asserted their claims to the NBA title with authoritative wins on Tuesday in the opening games of their NBA second-round playoff series.

Miami was too good for its bogey team Brooklyn, beating the Nets 107-86, while San Antonio led from start to finish in beating Portland 116-92.

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Man United Beats Hull 3-1 Helped by Wilson Double

Manchester United unearthed a potential star of the future and perhaps had one last glimpse of a great of its recent past in a 3-1 win over Hull on Tuesday that kept alive the team's chances of European football next season.

Highly rated striker James Wilson, 18, marked his senior debut for United with predatory strikes in either half, setting the deposed champions on their way to a victory in their final home game of a forgettable Premier League campaign.

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Chile Midfielder Vidal to Undergo Knee Surgery

Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal will undergo knee surgery Wednesday, just five weeks before his country's first match at the World Cup.

Vidal visited specialist surgeon Ramon Cugat in Barcelona on Tuesday, accompanied by doctors from Chile's national team as well as those from his club Juventus.

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