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Webber On Top of First Practice in Spain

Australian Mark Webber topped the times for the Red Bull team in Friday's opening practice session for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

The 34-year-old, who won last year's race here, clocked a best time of one minute and 25.142 seconds to finish the session a second clear of his team-mate and defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany.

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Man Utd Chasing Lens Teenager Varane

Manchester United are in transfer talks with relegated French side Lens in a bid to sign defender Raphael Varane, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

Varane, 18, is regarded as one of the most promising young defenders in French football and has been watched by Sir Alex Ferguson's scouts on several occasions this season, the paper reported.

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Alonso Extends Ferrari Contract to 2016

Former two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has extended his contract with Ferrari until the end of the 2016 season, the Italian Formula One stable announced Thursday.

Spaniard Alonso, who won the driver's titles in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, said: "I am very happy to have reached this agreement. I immediately felt comfortable within Ferrari and now it feels to me like a second family.

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Bayern Top The League Table... for Vegetarians

Bavarian giants Bayern Munich have averted a title-free season by again being voted the best vegetarian-friendly club in the Bundesliga by animal rights group PETA.

For the fourth season running, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has voted Bayern the best team in the German league at serving up tasty meat-free dishes to hungry football fans at their Allianz Arena stadium.

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2011 Tyre Triathlon: Swim, Bike and Run for Fun... and for a Good Cause

Lebanon is training hard for its third annual Triathlon to be held in the beautiful and ancient town of Tyr next Sunday, 22 May 2011. The event consists of a 750m swim in the sea followed by a 20km bike ride through the city and a 5 km run along the Corniche to the port of Tyr and back.

The race will start at 11.00 sharp on the beach, facing Tyros Restaurant on the Corniche. Over 185 athletes, more than twice as many as last year, will compete as individuals completing all three stages of the triathlon or as teams of three with each individual completing one of the stages. Competitors will be categorized into male and female groups and start times divided into waves for Elite, Amateur and Fun groups. Most of the competitors are Lebanese and foreigners resident in Lebanon but there will also be participants from UK, Columbia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Among the elite athletes competing will be Maxime Chaya, Roy Nasr and Anne Petersen from UAE.

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Maradona Named Coach at Dubai's Al-Wasl

Argentina legend Diego Maradona is to take over as coach next season at Dubai's Al-Wasl, the club announced on Monday

"Al-Wasl Sports Club is proud to announce the appointment of Diego Armando Maradona as head coach of Al-Wasl Football Club, in a momentous development that will see the football legend lead the team for the next two seasons," the club said in a statement.

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Japan Cancels Copa America Plans

Japan has cancelled plans to play the Copa America tournament in July, Argentine Football Federation (AFA) president Julio Grondona said Monday.

"We are sorry to inform you that the Japanese team cannot participate in the Copa America 2011 in Argentina. We apologize deeply," said a letter from the Japanese football association disclosed by the AFA.

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Nadal after Rome Defeat: Djokovic Title Run Won't Last Forever

Rafael Nadal has warned Novak Djokovic that his unbeaten start to 2011 won't last forever.

Djokovic beat Nadal 6-4, 6-4 in the Rome Masters final to deny the Spaniard a sixth title there in seven years and take his winning streak to 37 matches this year.

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Sports Hijab Lets Islamic Women Throw Some Punches

Letting out shrill cries, several young women in a Montreal taekwondo class kicked their way through the exercises, not a hair out of place as they were demurely covered by an Islamic sports hijab.

Their religion prohibits these female athletes from showing off their firm physiques, or their hair. Yet Western society also frowns on the wearing of traditional Muslim headscarves in sports competitions.

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Mancini Warns Man City Not to Mess up FA Cup Final

Roberto Mancini has warned Champions League-bound Manchester City not to take the gloss off their European success by messing up in Saturday's FA Cup final.

Mancini immediately set his sights on securing the club major silverware for the first time in 35 years after overcoming Tottenham 1-0 to seal a top-four finish.

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