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Matri's Cup Winner Keeps Juve Treble Alive

An extra-time winner by Alessandro Matri kept Juventus on track for the treble as the Serie A champions ended a 20-year wait for an Italian Cup final victory with a 2-1 win over Lazio on Wednesday.

Juventus were stunned after just four minutes when Stefan Radu rose to beat Marco Storari with a powerful header from a free-kick after Paul Pogba had given away a needless foul on the right flank.

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Sponsors Pressure FIFA amid Fresh Qatar Worker Abuse Claims

Major sponsors Visa and Coca-Cola Wednesday pressed FIFA to help improve labor conditions in Qatar as Amnesty International accused the 2022 World Cup host of failing to deliver on promised reforms for migrant workers.

"We continue to be troubled by the reports coming out of Qatar related to the World Cup and migrant worker conditions," credit card giant Visa said, adding that it had expressed its "grave concern" directly to football's top body.

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FIFA Chief's Mideast Peace Bid Fails

FIFA president Sepp Blatter saw his Mideast peace-making mission crumble on Wednesday after the Palestinians vowed to press efforts to have Israel suspended at the upcoming world football congress.

After months of rising tensions over plans by the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) to have its Israeli counterpart expelled from FIFA, Blatter himself flew into the region on Tuesday on a mission to resolve the dispute.

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Contador Retains Giro Lead as Zakarin Claims 11th Stage

Spain's Alberto Contador retained the lead of the Giro d'Italia after Wednesday's 11th stage won by the Katusha team's Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin.

Zakarin biked in to victory alone after the 153km ride from Forli to Imola.

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Hamilton Signs New 3-Year Deal with Mercedes

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton signed a new 3-year deal with Mercedes on Wednesday, ending rumors of his potential move to Ferrari.

The deal was announced ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

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U.S. and Cuban Sailors in Friendly Race amid Warming Relations

Competitive sailors from the U.S. and Cuba have been showing off their skills in Havana Bay as the two countries work on restoring diplomatic relations after decades of hostility.

Five crews from the Cuban national sailing team and four crews from Key West, Florida, cruised across the bay Tuesday as spectators looked on from the famed Malecon seawall. Sailors from both countries said they were excited for the rare opportunity to race against each other, though it was billed as a strictly friendly competition.

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Drivers Back IndyCar, Wreck Concerns Remain for Indy 500

Looking no worse for wear a couple days after his car flipped through the air at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ed Carpenter sized up next weekend's big race.

After several scary accidents over the past week, will the Indianapolis 500 be more of the same?

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Timberwolves Win Draft Lottery, Lakers Move to No. 2

The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record won the No. 1 pick.

After years of bad luck in the lottery, things finally worked out for the Wolves, who can perhaps choose between big men Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky and Jahlil Okafor of national champion Duke to put next to Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins.

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Warriors Rally Past Rockets 110-106 in Game 1 of West Finals

Golden State rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit to beat Houston 110-106 in the opening game of their NBA Western Conference finals series on Tuesday, with Stephen Curry hitting two free throws in the final seconds to seal the result and push his personal total to 34 points.

The Warriors turned the game around by going for a smaller, more nimble lineup and closed the first half on a run of 21 points to 4 to take a three-point lead at halftime.

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Xavi Heading to Qatar after Lifetime at Barcelona

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez will leave the Catalan club he has served since boyhood for Qatari side Al Sadd at the end of this season, his father said on Tuesday.

"The moment has come for Xavi to say goodbye," the 35-year-old midfielder's father Joaquin Hernandez told radio Cope.

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