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NBA Talks Set, but Decertification Reports Surface

Talk about a backdoor cut.

The announcement Thursday that negotiations to end the NBA lockout would resume were followed by reports that some players are investigating the possibility of decertifying the union.

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Cassano Undergoes Successful Heart Surgery

AC Milan says forward Antonio Cassano has undergone a successful minor heart surgery.

The club says in a statement that the procedure to close a small opening in the Italy international's heart was carried out by Dr. Mario Carminati and that Milan physician Rodolfo Tavana was also present.

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Shaq Sues Ex-IT Employee over Sold Personal Emails

Shaquille O'Neal is suing a former information technology employee the former NBA great claims invaded his privacy by selling personal emails that damaged his reputation.

The lawsuit was filed against Shawn Darling in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

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Rescued Chilean Miner Returns to NYC Marathon

Rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena is returning to run New York City Marathon.

Pena completed the marathon last year, less than a month after he and 32 other miners were rescued after being trapped underground for 69 days.

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Swimming Star Thorpe Admits Comeback 'May Fail'

Swimming legend Ian Thorpe admitted Thursday that his ambitious comeback from retirement was probably doomed to failure as he prepares for his first race in five years.

The five-time Olympic gold-medalist also played down his rivalry with American star Michael Phelps, which could be one of the highlights of next year's London Games.

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Rusty Federer Fights Past 'Great' Nieminen in Basel Tennis

Roger Federer needed ten aces and a fighting finish in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen which secured his place in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors on Wednesday.

Out of action for six weeks, the Swiss third seed was tested for the first time by his longtime rival in a series which began in 2002. Since they began in Moscow nine years ago, Federer had won all 11 matches in straight sets.

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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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