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Neymar Outshines Bale in Battle of Big-Money Buys

Gareth Bale was given his chance to shine on the biggest stage of all on Saturday as he made his El Clasico debut for Real Madrid against Barcelona on Saturday.

However, unfortunately for the Welshman, it was another expensive import making his bow in the fixture who shone, as Neymar scored Barca's opener and then teed up Alexis Sanchez to make the game safe 12 minutes from time.

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Lorenzo Wins Japanese MotoGP ahead of Marquez

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain won the Japanese MotoGP on Sunday to ensure the championship title will be decided at final event of the season.

Lorenzo, who started from pole position, beat compatriot and championship leader Marc Marquez by 3.188 seconds at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Dani Pedrosa, also of Spain, was third 4.592 seconds off the pace.

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Return from Injury to Test Bryant's Toughness, Patience

Kobe Bryant's fabled toughness will be tested this season as the 35-year-old NBA superstar bids to return from a devastating Achilles tendon injury.

Bryant won't be on the court with the Los Angeles Lakers when they launch their 2013-14 campaign against the LA Clippers on Tuesday.

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Barcelona Down Madrid as Bale Flops

Gareth Bale had an El Clasico debut to forget as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Camp Nou thanks to goals from Neymar and Alexis Sanchez.

Bale had been surprisingly selected for just his second start since joining the club by Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, but struggled to make an impression as Barca dominated the first-half.

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Vettel Seizes Indian Pole, Title Awaits

Sebastian Vettel looked odds-on favourite to win his fourth straight Formula One title as he snared pole position for the Indian Grand Prix with apparent ease on Saturday.

Vettel, needing only to finish fifth on Sunday to seal another championship, burned an uncatchable record lap of 1min 24.119sec on his first run of the final qualifying shoot-out.

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Ono Stars in Wanderers' Derby Win

Japanese star Shinji Ono scored a stunning individual goal and assisted in another as Western Sydney Wanderers won their Australian A-League derby 2-0 over Sydney FC on Saturday.

The influential Ono laid on a teasing free kick for Italian Iacopo La Rocca to head home the opening goal in the 11th minute, and then uncorked a brilliant individual goal for the second.

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Troubled India GP 'on' after Challenge Delayed

Organizers of this weekend's troubled Indian Grand Prix breathed a sigh of relief Friday after the Supreme Court pushed back a petition calling for the race's cancellation.

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel is expected to be confirmed as Formula One champion in Sunday's race on the outskirts of Delhi, needing only to finish in the top five to clinch the title for a fourth year in a row.

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Barcelona Won't Bid for 2022 Winter Games

Barcelona mayor Xavier Trias says the city won't present a bid for the 2022 Winter Games, waiting instead until 2026.

Trias says in a statement that the winning "conditions didn't exist for 2022" and that his city "must concentrate its efforts and commitment to work to reach the Olympic target in 2026."

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Court to Hear Petition Wanting F1 Race Canceled

India's top court has agreed to hear a petition seeking the cancellation of this weekend's Indian Grand Prix over a tax issue.

The Supreme Court said it will hear the case Friday after a public interest litigation pleaded the race should not be held since the organizers had not paid entertainment tax for last year's event.

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French Football Clubs to Skip Games in Tax Protest

French football clubs have unanimously agreed not to play any matches over one weekend at the end of November to protest against government plans for a super-tax on players' salaries.

France's professional clubs held an extraordinary general meeting Thursday to decide the next steps in their campaign against the government's plan to implement a 75-percent tax law for those who earn more than 1 million euros ($1.38 million) per year.

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