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Barcelona Suffer First Liga Defeat of Season

An injury-time strike from substitute Imanol Agirretxe condemned 10-man Barcelona to a 3-2 defeat at Real Sociedad on Saturday, their first of a record-breaking La Liga season.

Lionel Messi matched another landmark by scoring in a 10th consecutive La Liga game to put Barca ahead after six minutes with Pedro Rodriguez doubling the lead.

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Pogba at Double for Juve as Palermo Hold Lazio

French teenager Paul Pogba scored a sensational brace to inspire depleted Juventus to a 4-0 rout of Udinese which helped the Serie A champions extend their lead over Lazio on Saturday.

Juve started their 21st match of the campaign with a three-point lead on both Napoli and Lazio but missing key midfielders Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal due to recent injuries.

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Banned Armstrong Says He Wants to Compete Again

Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong wants to return to competitive sport, but says the driving force behind his belated doping confession was the well-being of his five children.

"The biggest hope and intention was the well-being of my children," Armstrong told talk show host Oprah Winfrey in the second segment of their televised interview that aired on Friday.

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Hard-Hitting Serena Fires Warning

Five-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams blasted the fastest serve of her career against Japan's Ayumi Morita Saturday as she gained valuable court time in her bid for a sixth title.

The American third seed had raced through her opening two matches at Melbourne Park for the loss of just two games but was made to work harder by Morita -- and she said the longer rallies were just what she needed.

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Grief in the Gulf as McIlroy, Woods Flop

In golf, as in other sports, money talks, but money cannot guarantee results.

Proof of that came in Abu Dhabi this week when the two biggest and best paid names in the game - Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods - travelled to the Gulf to kick-start their seasons and both fell at the first hurdle.

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Murray Backs Anti-Doping 'Passports' for Tennis

Andy Murray Saturday backed a tougher anti-doping regime for tennis, including biological passports and more blood tests, to keep the sport drug-free after the Lance Armstrong scandal.

As Serena Williams called the Armstrong saga "sad" and women's number one Victoria Azarenka said the disgraced cyclist "deserves everything he gets", Murray said he would support tighter controls for tennis.

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Gussie Moran Dies; Skirt Scandalized '49 Wimbledon

Gertrude "Gussie" Moran, who shocked the modest mid-century tennis world when she took the court at Wimbledon with a short skirt and ruffled underwear, has died at age 89.

Moran had recently returned from a long hospital stay with colon cancer when she died on Wednesday in her small apartment in Los Angeles, said Jack Neworth, a tennis writer who befriended Moran in her final year.

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Hoeness: Heynckes Would Have Liked One More Year

Jupp Heynckes would have liked to stay another year as coach of Bayern Munich but cleared the way for Pep Guardiola to be hired for next season, club president Uli Hoeness told ZDF television.

Later Friday, Heynckes said he had not yet decided whether to retire and confirmed he offered to stay on "if Bayern could not find an adequate replacement."

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Tottenham Midfielder Sandro out for Season

Tottenham says Brazil midfielder Sandro will miss the rest of the Premier League season following surgery on his right knee.

The 23-year-old Sandro was forced off the field against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday and consultation with Tottenham's knee surgeon has revealed cruciate ligament damage, which will keep the player sidelined for the remainder of the season.

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Theo Walcott Signs New Arsenal Contract

Theo Walcott's drawn-out contract standoff with Arsenal ended Friday with the signing of a lucrative new contract.

The England forward could have left the club for free at the end of the season, but has agreed to a three-and-a-half year deal that sees his salary rise by two-thirds to about 100,000 pounds ($160,000) a week.

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