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Pirlo Sidelined for '20 Days'

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo will miss the upcoming league clash with Roma and could be a doubt for the second leg of a last 16 Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund after being sidelined with a calf injury.

Pirlo hobbled off before half-time in Juve's 2-1 first leg win over the Germans on Tuesday after pulling up with a calf problem.

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Man Utd Youngster Blackett Extends Contract

Manchester United's 20-year-old defender Tyler Blackett has signed a two-year contract extension, the Premier League giants announced on Thursday.

Blackett, a product of United's youth academy, was handed his debut against Swansea City on the opening day of the season and has since gone on to make a further nine appearances for the club.

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McLaren Boss Confident Alonso Will Be Fit for Season Opener

McLaren chief executive Ron Dennis has insisted that Fernando Alonso should be ready to race at the opening Grand Prix of the season in Australia despite spending three nights in hospital following a crash in testing last week.

The 33-year-old Spaniard was airlifted to hospital after crashing into a wall at the Circuit de Cataluyna in Barcelona on Sunday, where he stayed until being released on Wednesday afternoon.

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WWII Bomb Found at Dortmund's Stadium

Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion stadium was evacuated on Thursday after an unexploded WWII bomb was found during renovation work, the club announced.

The 250kg bomb (551 lbs) was found during morning work on the stadium's VIP area and the surrounding area was quickly evacuated with a scheduled press conference moved to the club's training ground.

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Busquets Extends Barcelona Deal to 2019

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has extended his contract with the Catalan giants until 2019, the club confirmed on Thursday.

"FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Sergio Busquets for the renewal of his contract until June 30, 2019 with the option for another year," said a statement on the club's website.

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Losing to Schalke is 'Forbidden' for Dortmund's Reus

After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang compared winning the Ruhr Valley derby to "an orgasm" now his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Marco Reus says losing at home to Schalke on Saturday is "forbidden".

With just 35 kilometers separating Dortmund from Gelsenkirchen-based Schalke, their Ruhr Valley rivalry is Germany's top derby and is perfectly poised with 30 wins each and 25 draws in their 85 previous meetings.

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Hawks Beat Rondo-Less Mavericks 104-87

The Atlanta Hawks seized control with a 13-0 run during the third quarter and went on to win 104-87 on Wednesday against a Dallas Mavericks team which struggled in the absence of suspended point guard Rajon Rondo.

The Hawks stretched their lead in the NBA Eastern Conference to eight games while the Mavericks missed a chance to make up ground in the more hard-fought Western Conference playoff race.

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Afghanistan Gets Historic First Win at Cricket World Cup

Shapoor Zadran hit the winning runs to give Afghanistan its first victory at its inaugural Cricket World Cup and followed it up by running around with his arms outstretched in wild celebration.

Then, as if the reality of the feat sank in for him and some of his teammates, many who learned cricket while growing up in refugee camps in Pakistan due to years of war in their homeland, he fell to the ground, overcome with emotion.

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Latest Injury to Rose Hits Bulls Hard

The news that Derrick Rose will have knee surgery again hit the Chicago Bulls and their fans hard and left them in a familiar spot — trying to get by without their star point guard.

The injury to his right knee was announced Tuesday night, another tough twist for a club, a star, his sponsors and a fan base that thought the Bulls were entering another golden era just a few years ago, with the Chicago product leading the renaissance.

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Arsenal Flaws Exposed again in Wenger's Sour Monaco Reunion

Inside Arsenal's match-day program was a cardboard cut-out of Arsene Wenger; a memento for visiting Monaco fans of their former manager. But not many Arsenal fans will want that model perching on their desks after a timid 3-1 loss in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Booing at the final whistle was a demonstration of the impatience toward Wenger, whose only titles in the past decade are two FA Cups.

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