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Grizzlies Beat Blazers to Seal Place in West Semifinals

The Memphis Grizzlies secured a berth in the NBA Western Conference semifinals by beating Portland 99-93 on Wednesday, completing a 4-1 series victory over the Trail Blazers.

Five of the final eight teams in the playoffs have now been decided, while Atlanta took a 3-2 lead over Brooklyn in one of the three first-round series which are yet to be settled.

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'Carpi' Diem: Tiny Italian Club Promoted to Serie A

When Carpi goes to play at Milan's San Siro stadium next season, all 70,000 of the town's residents would fit inside.

The club from Emilia-Romagna this week completed a fairytale-like first promotion to Italy's Serie A, just five years after being in fifth division.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Briefly Examined at LA Hospital

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar briefly returned to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday, two weeks after the 68-year-old NBA career scoring leader had quadruple coronary bypass surgery.

"This morning, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was experiencing some dizziness following his April 16 quadruple bypass surgery," the hospital said in a statement. "He contacted his physicians who told him to come to the emergency department at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He was evaluated by his surgeon and cardiologist. After a battery of tests, they found no complications.

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Madrid Beats Almeria 3-0 to Stay 2 Points behind Barcelona

James Rodriguez scored a stunning goal to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Almeria on Wednesday that kept his side two points behind leader Barcelona in the final stretch of the Spanish league title race.

Rodriguez snapped Madrid out of its lethargic first-half performance by volleying home a long-range strike seconds before the break at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

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Chelsea Beats Leicester 3-1, a Win away from League Title

Chelsea staged a second-half comeback to beat Leicester 3-1 on Wednesday and move to within three points of capturing the Premier League trophy.

Jose Mourinho's side holds a 13-point lead and can clinch a first league title in five years by beating Crystal Palace at home on Sunday.

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Lewandowski Suffers Broken Cheek, Robben's Season over

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski is doubtful for next Wednesday's Champions League semi-final at Barcelona with a fractured cheek-bone from their cup defeat to Dortmund while Arjen Robben's season is over.

Lewandowski, who has scored 23 goals this season, spent the night in hospital with concussion after a goal-mouth collision with Borussia Dortmund's Australia goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak late in extra time of Tuesday's 2-0 German Cup semi-final home defeat on penalties.

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Man City Set for Upheaval after Season of Struggles

Proof of the struggles at Manchester City this season arrived when the Premier League's team of the year was announced on Sunday.

Chelsea had six players included. Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all had representatives.

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Pacquiao: Relax, I'm Going to Beat Floyd Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao worried about the punching power of Miguel Cotto. He knew Juan Manuel Marquez was a slick counter puncher, and wondered how he'd fare against a fighter the caliber of Oscar De La Hoya.

He's got no such worries about Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the eve of boxing's richest fight ever.

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PSG Moves 3 Points Clear of Lyon after Beating Metz 3-1

Paris Saint-Germain won its game in hand against relegation-threatened Metz 3-1 on Tuesday to move three points clear of Lyon at the top of the French league with four games remaining.

As top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic sat out the last game of this three-match ban, Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani netted for the third straight league game and Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore continued his fine recent form by assisting on each goal.

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Messi, Suarez on Target as Barcelona Routs Getafe 6-0

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Getafe 6-0 on Tuesday to stay on course to reclaim the Spanish league title.

Barcelona's ninth win in 10 rounds provisionally lifted it five points clear of Real Madrid before the second-place side hosts Almeria on Wednesday. There will then be four rounds left.

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