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Liverpool routs Sparta to reach Europa League quarterfinals

Mohamed Salah scored one goal and set up three to help Liverpool demolish Sparta Prague 6-1 and march into the Europa League quarterfinals on Thursday.

After winning 5-1 the opening leg of their last 16 tie in Prague, Liverpool scored four in the opening 14 minutes at Anfield to advance on a massive 11-2 aggregate score.

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Alcaraz survives bee swarm to buzz Zverev

Carlos Alcaraz survived a swarm of bees that caused a nearly two-hour delay and went on to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night.

Alcaraz swatted at the bees buzzing around him before running for cover and the match was suspended 19 minutes in with Alcaraz serving tied at 1-1.

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Barcelona's 17-year-old defender Pau Cubarsí gets first call-up for Spain

Spain has called up Barcelona's 17-year-old defender Pau Cubarsí for the first time for the team's friendlies ahead of this summer's European championship in Germany.

Spain coach Luis de la Fuente announced his 26-man squad on Friday. It is the second-to-last squad he will put together before Spain plays at the Euro 2024 starting in mid-June.

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Real Madrid to face Man City in Champions League quarterfinals

Real Madrid and Manchester City will meet in a heavyweight Champions League quarterfinal between the past two winners and the only two teams still unbeaten in this season's competition.

Madrid will host the first leg on April 9 or 10 and the return will be the week after in Manchester.

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Brahim Díaz selected for Morocco's national team, ending speculation in Spain

Brahim Díaz was selected in Morocco's squad on Wednesday for two friendlies later this month, ending speculation about the Real Madrid winger's possible future with the Spanish national team.

The Spanish daily Marca and other local media reported the move earlier this week. Spanish media said the national team's lack of interest in Díaz played a role in his decision, with Morocco active in trying to recruit him.

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Atletico beats Inter on penalties to reach Champions League quarterfinals

With tears in his eyes, Diego Simeone stared at the Atletico Madrid fans celebrating in the Metropolitano Stadium stands.

Minutes earlier, the coach was pacing back and forth by the sideline, unable to watch the tense penalty shootout that ended with Atletico triumphing over Inter Milan and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

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Messi dealing with injury, likely to miss Miami's match versus D.C. United

Inter Miami superstar Lionel Messi is dealing with a leg injury that will likely cause him to miss the team's next match.

Messi checked out of Wednesday's 3-1 win over Nashville just a few minutes into the second half, and coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino said the 36-year-old was experiencing discomfort in his right hamstring area. He was removed from the game as a precaution.

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Spanish league to report 'lamentable racist chants' aimed at Vinícius Júnior

The Spanish league will report what it called "lamentable racist chants" aimed at Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior before Atletico Madrid's Champions League game.

Video on social media showed a small group of Atletico fans jumping and chanting "Vinícius chimpanzee" before the team played Inter Milan on Wednesday in the round of 16 of the European competition.

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Ronaldo scores but Al-Nassr ousted in Asian Champions League quarterfinals

Cristiano Ronaldo scored and Al-Nassr was still ousted from the Asian Champions League quarterfinals on Monday.

Al-Nassr responded to a 1-0 first-leg defeat against Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates by winning the return match 4-3 in Riyadh. But it lost the penalty shootout 3-1. Ronaldo was the only home player to score in the shootout.

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Young Bayern star Aleksandar Pavlović reportedly on verge of Germany call-up

Young Bayern Munich star Aleksandar Pavlović is reportedly set to be called up by Germany for upcoming friendly games, ending Serbia's hopes of the midfielder playing for the country at the European Championship.

The 19-year-old Pavlović, who has impressed with outstanding performances in recent games for Bayern, will be included Thursday in Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann's squad for friendly matches against France and the Netherlands, German media reported on Tuesday.

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