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Monaco Secure Champions League Return

Monaco, locked in a three-way tussle with Saint-Etienne and Marseille, booked the third and final French ticket to next season's Champions League thanks to a season-closing 1-0 win over Lorient on Saturday.

A first-half goal by Yannick Ferreira Carrasco was enough to help the Principality side clinch a place in the play-offs as they remain third in the table, two points ahead of Marseille and Saint-Etienne.

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Valencia Grabs Spain's Last CL Spot; Almeria, Eibar Go down

Valencia fought back twice to earn a Champions League berth with a 3-2 away win that relegated Almeria on a dramatic final day of the Spanish league Saturday.

Eibar also went down despite beating last-place Cordoba 3-0, while Deportivo La Coruna stayed up after coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 at already crowned champion Barcelona. Lionel Messi had put Barcelona in front with his 42nd and 43rd league goals of the season.

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Home Hopes Looking Dim at French Open

French hopes of a first male singles champion at the French Open since Yannick Noah in 1983 are looking slim this year due to injuries and loss of form.

The so-called "golden generation" of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon all have their worries and the gap between them and the top quartet has seldom seen wider.

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Report: FIFA Candidates Targeted in Blackmail Scam

Two men who launched challenges to Sepp Blatter for the leadership of world football body FIFA have been targeted in an attempted blackmail scam, a report said on Saturday.

Prince Ali bin al Hussein and Michael van Praag, who has now pulled out of the race, were both approached by Kenya-based conmen who said Blatter had gathered sensitive information about them.

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Ancelotti to Discuss Future in Coming Days

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he still doesn't know if he will be retained by the club for next season.

Los Blancos end their campaign at home to Getafe on Saturday, but will do so without a major trophy to their name after Barcelona sealed the La Liga title last weekend.

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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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