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Mourinho Hopes Winning Becomes Normal for Real

Jose Mourinho admitted his Real Madrid side at last ending their winless record against French side Lyon at the Stade de Gerland with a 2-0 victory in their Champions League group match was an important moment.

However, the Portuguese - known as the 'Special One' after huge success at Porto and then Chelsea - added he wanted such occasions to become normal for a side he claimed has a greater history than any other side including bitter rivals Barcelona.

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Beckham Set for Major League Soccer Final Bow

English star midfielder David Beckham is set for the final bow in his five-year Major League Soccer adventure, and he hopes to go out a winner by making the Los Angeles Galaxy a championship side.

The 36-year-old playmaker has not decided where he might play next year, with Paris Saint-Germain and English Premier sides Tottenham and Queens park Rangers among those interested in him as his contract enters its last matches.

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Bayern's Win Soured by Schweinsteiger Injury Blow

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes admitted Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger's broken collarbone was a bitter blow, despite the 3-2 win over Napoli which keeps his side top of Group A in the Champions League.

After Manchester City's win over Villarreal in Spain, Bayern are now three points clear at the top of Group A with two games remaining, but Munich will be without their vice-captain for several weeks.

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Woods Says He's Healthy, Ready to Improve Play

Tiger Woods believes he's ready to return to top form after shaking off injuries that have undermined his performance for the last two years.

The former world No. 1 says that he has been practicing frequently and getting his playing instincts back.

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Cassano to Have Heart Surgery; Set to Play Again

Italy striker Antonio Cassano will have "minor" heart surgery that will likely enable him to play again in a few months, AC Milan said Wednesday.

Cassano has been at the Policlinico facility since Saturday, when he was taken for tests after suffering what the club described as a brain problem on the team plane following the team's 3-2 victory over Roma.

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Redknapp Requires Minor Heart Surgery

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who was admitted to hospital late Tuesday for tests, requires minor heart surgery, the Press Association reported on Wednesday.

The north London club has confirmed their 64-year-old coach was set to undergo a "medical procedure" that would rule him out of the Europa League trip to Rubin Kazan.

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Mourinho Unfazed by Real's Stade Gerland Hoodoo

Jose Mourinho says Real Madrid will only have victory in mind when they visit Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday, despite having never previously won at Stade Gerland.

Madrid lost on their first three visits to the stadium without scoring a goal, until a strike from OL old boy Karim Benzema in the last 16 last season set the Spanish giants on the way to a 4-1 aggregate victory.

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Djokovic Battles through on Comeback in Basel

World number one Novak Djokovic won a hard fought three setter against veteran Xavier Malisse at the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday as he revealed he has recovered from what he termed the worst injury of his career.

Djokovic, playing for the first time in six weeks after a back injury in the Davis Cup semi-finals left him in lying in agony on court in Serbia, finally overcame the in-form Belgian 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to progress to the second round.

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Messi Tops 200 Goals with Second Straight Hat Trick

Lionel Messi broke the 200-goal barrier for his Barcelona career with his second straight hat trick in a 4-0 win at Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night that advanced the club to the Champions League knockout stage.

AC Milan also advanced with a 1-1 tie at BATE Borisov, but Arsenal and Chelsea were held to draws and will have to wait until their final two games to earn a spot in the second round.

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A Long Year for McIlroy, a Sprint to the Finish

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy feels like it already has been a long year on and off the golf course. All he cares about now is a sprint to the finish.

Coming off a playoff win at the Shanghai Masters and its $2 million payoff, McIlroy is naturally a favorite at the HSBC Champions that starts on Thursday. It's a World Golf Championship that counts toward the European Tour money list and could go a long way toward helping McIlroy make up ground on Luke Donald.

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