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Schweinsteiger Returns to Germany Squad

Germany coach Joachim Loew on Friday recalled Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has not played for the national side since their World Cup triumph, for a friendly against Australia and a Euro 2016 qualifier in Georgia.

The Bayern Munich midfielder was named captain when Philipp Lahm retired from the national team after winning the world title in Brazil last July but had yet to play after being sidelined through a back injury.

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Real Draw Atletico as PSG Defy Barca in CL Last Eight

Holders Real Madrid will have to overcome city rivals Atletico in the Champions League quarter-finals, in a repeat of last year's final, while Barcelona face familiar opponents in Paris Saint-Germain after the draw made Friday in Nyon.

Portuguese giants Porto host Bayern Munich of Germany in the first leg of their last eight matchup while Italian champions Juventus welcome the Monaco side who knocked out English side Arsenal in midweek.

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Roma's Slump Reaches New Low in Europa League; Everton out

Roma's slump reached a new low with a humiliating exit from the Europa League on Thursday, while Everton was heavily beaten to leave England without a team in European quarterfinals for the first time since 1993.

Italian representation in the Europa League was cut from five teams to two after Inter Milan and Torino failed to overturn first-leg deficits in the last 16, joining Roma in getting eliminated.

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Van Gaal Set to Retire when Spell at Man United Ends

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal says he will retire from football at the end of his spell in charge of Manchester United.

The 63-year-old Van Gaal tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph that "this is my last job. For sure. I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren, but also to my wife."

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Juve, France Midfielder Pogba out 2 Months with Leg Injury

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will be out for nearly two months after tearing a muscle in his right thigh.

Pogba was hurt on Wednesday, midway through the first half of the 3-0 Champions League victory at Borussia Dortmund which sent the Serie A champion to the quarterfinals.

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Suns Boost Playoff Hopes with Win against Pelicans

Phoenix took an important 74-72 victory against New Orleans on Thursday in a clash of two teams fighting for the last playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference, with the Suns capitalizing on the absence of Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

The result moved the Suns within 1-1/2 games of the Pelicans, who are ninth in the West.

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Novak Djokovic Reaches Indian Wells Semifinals via Walkover

Novak Djokovic didn't have to hit a ball to get into the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday when opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a back injury.

Tomic's withdrawal was announced about five hours before he was to play the top-ranked Djokovic, a three-time champion at Indian Wells who won his first three matches in straight sets. He had beaten Tomic each of the three times they've played.

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Cash-Strapped Parma Declared Bankrupt

Club official Osvaldo Riccobene told reporters following the tribunal: "The club's creditors called for bankruptcy, which was accepted by the prosecutor of the Republic.

"We did not oppose the decision."

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Fekir Included in France Squad for First Time

France coach Didier Deschamps included Lyon's rising talent Nabil Fekir in his 23-player squad for the first time as the Euro 2016 hosts get set for friendlies against Brazil on March 26 and Denmark on March 29.

Deschamps, as expected, called up Fekir for the matches in Paris and Saint-Etienne respectively, after the attacking midfielder declared his allegiance to France and not Algeria where he has family roots.

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Brazilian Maxwell Extends PSG Contract

Brazil international left-back Maxwell on Thursday extended his contract with French champions Paris Saint-Germain by a year.

The 33-year-old, who joined PSG from Barcelona in 2012, is now tied down to the club until June 2016.

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