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Bayern Back to Basics after Mainz Shock

Bayern Munich's director of sport Christian Nerlinger has demanded the Bavarian giants go back to basics after their shock 3-2 defeat at Mainz left them third in the German league.

Bayern's loss on Sunday saw them slip to third, with champions Dortmund seizing top spot in the wake of their win over Schalke in the Ruhr derby on Saturday.

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Reluctant Retirement Looms for Barrichello

Forget the titles, push aside the record books, most local fans packing into Interlagos here Sunday may even cast off their dream that Felipe Massa, driving a Ferrari, will win their home Brazilian Grand Prix.

Instead, they will be there to cheer another different kind of hero - the old sort, another Paulista, but one who has been there, seen it all, collected the t-shirts and suffered all the slings and arrows in Formula One's longest career.

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Bayern Still Title Favorites, Says Dortmund Boss

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has insisted Bayern Munich are still the favorites to win this season's German league title despite his defending champions going top for the first time this season.

Bayern are at Bundesliga strugglers Mainz on Sunday, but Dortmund went top after Saturday's convincing 2-0 win over neighbors Schalke, their first home win over their rivals for more than four years.

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Barcelona Slump to Defeat as Real Go Six Clear

Barcelona crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat at Getafe on Saturday and now trail Real Madrid, who came from a goal down to beat nine-man derby rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1, by six points.

It was the first defeat of the season for the reigning Spanish and European champions as Getafe frustrated their illustrious visitors, grabbing the three points thanks to a second half header from Juan Valera.

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NBA: Tentative Deal Paves Way for Christmas Tip-Off

A tentative agreement to end the NBA's crippling lockout and save the season will have owners and players scrambling to get the details in place in time for a star-studded Christmas tip-off.

"There is a lot of work to be done in a lot of places, with a lot of committees and player groups and the like, but we are optimistic that it will hold and we will have ourselves an NBA season," NBA commissioner David Stern said as he and players' association executive director Billy Hunter sat wearily side by side around 3:00 am on Saturday to announce the handshake agreement.

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Wenger Plans Cup Changes to Flagging Squad

Arsene Wenger is expected to make changes to his starting line-up for the League Cup this week after admitting tiredness played a part in dropping points against Fulham.

Thomas Vermaelen earned a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium with his late header, after scoring an own goal to open the scoring in the Premier League clash.

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Fergie Could Face FA Action over Linesman Blast

Sir Alex Ferguson could face FA action after launching a verbal attack on assistant referee John Flynn following Manchester United's controversial 1-1 drew with Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Rio Ferdinand was judged to have brought down Hatem Ben Arfa after 61 minutes although television replays suggested the England defender had been hard done by as referee Mike Jones consulted with his assistant Flynn before awarding the spot kick.

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Federer Faces Tsonga in World Tour Final

Defending champion Roger Federer will take on France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Sunday's World Tour Final, looking to win the title for a record sixth time.

The showpiece, season-ending match at London's O2 Arena will be Federer's 100th final and he got there by beating David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3 in Saturday's semis, making it 12 wins from 12 matches against the Spaniard.

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Djokovic Loses to Tipsarevic at ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic is in danger of being eliminated early from the ATP World Tour Finals after losing to fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Friday in their final round-robin match.

The loss means the top-ranked Djokovic fell to 1-2 in group play and will miss the semifinals if Tomas Berdych beats David Ferrer in the late match, with the Spaniard having already advanced. Berdych would join Ferrer, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last four with a win.

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Villas-Boas Reveals Abramovich Backing

Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas revealed on Friday that he has held talks with owner Roman Abramovich, as he bids to turn around a spell of worrying form that threatens to derail the Blues' season.

Chelsea have lost four of their last seven games in all competition and are experiencing their worst start to a Premier League season since Abramovich bought the club eight years ago.

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