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Celtic Look to Seize Back Title Lead From Rangers

Celtic have the chance to take the initiative in the title race if they can claim a win away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Wednesday.

Victory would take Celtic back to the top of the Scottish Premier League and two points clear of bitter rivals and defending champions Rangers.

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Guardiola Tells Barca to Finish Job Against Real

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says his team's weekend defeat by Real Sociedad was a timely warning ahead of Tuesday's second leg of their Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, who they lead 2-0.

Last week they came out on top in a stormy first leg in Madrid that was characterized more by cynical challenges and play-acting than on-pitch excitement.

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Lille Defiant as Marseille Sight Another Title

Rudi Garcia was in defiant mood as Marseille went top of the table for the first time in five months Wednesday, but the Lille handler knows there is little room for error if they are to stun the French champions to take the title.

"It was always going to be likely they went top, but what counts now is how we react," Garcia said after Marseille claimed a 4-2 win against Nice to push Lille into second by one point.

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Barca Mulls Formal Complaint Over Mourinho Rant

Barcelona is considering a formal complaint to UEFA over accusations by Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho that referees always favored Barca after his club was defeated 2-0 in the Champions league semi-final first leg.

A late brace from Lionel Messi helped the Catalan giants put one leg in the Wembley final but there were sour grapes as Mourinho, who was sent to the stands at the Bernabeu stadium, vented his fury at the straight red card for Pepe.

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Olympics: 2012 Ticket Deadline Extended After Website Crash

The deadline to apply for the 6.6 million tickets available to the public for London's 2012 Olympic Games was Tuesday extended by an hour after the official website crashed due to high demand.

The website froze an hour before the six-week window to apply for tickets was due to close as demand "hit the roof".

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Porto Trace Mourinho Footsteps in Europa Fest

Jose Mourinho may be chasing Champions League glory with Real Madrid, but his influence will be felt in the Europa League on Thursday when former club Porto tackle Villarreal in the semi-finals.

Porto have already wrapped up the Portuguese title, leading Benfica by 19 points and yet to lose a league game.

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Iniesta Dreaming of Wembley Final Showdown

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is already dreaming of a Champions League final tussle at Wembley even as his side prepared for their semi-final against old rivals Real Madrid.

"I am dreaming of going out there at Wembley. We must think only of going over (to Madrid for Wednesday's first leg) and scoring some goals and then in the return our fans will drive us on to Wembley," Iniesta told a news conference.

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Record-Setting Nadal Captures Sixth Barcelona Title

World number one Rafael Nadal created more history on Sunday when he became the only man to win two tournaments more than six times after defeating David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4 in the Barcelona Open final.

The Spanish top seed, with 34 consecutive victories on clay, repeated his victory a week ago when he beat Ferrer for a seventh Monte Carlo trophy.

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Stosur Ready to Beat Local-Favorite Goerges

Australia's Samantha Stosur says she is ready to beat Germany's Julia Goerges -- and the passionate home crowd -- in Saturday's semi-final here at Stuttgart's WTA tournament.

The 27-year-old beat second-seed Vera Zvonareva 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) in Thursday's quarter-final to reach the last four and hopes to beat Goerges to reach her first final of the year in her eighth tournament of 2011.

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Schumacher Hopeful of Rosberg Push

Michael Schumacher's hopes of a chance to challenge for race victories this year improved last weekend in China but thanks mainly to the speed and skill of his Mercedes team-mate and fellow-German Nico Rosberg.

Seven-times champion Schumacher, 42, has struggled to impress in general and beat Rosberg in particular since he returned to Formula One last year after a three-year absence.

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