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PSG coach being proved right as he stands firm in era of player power

Kylian Mbappé could find himself on the bench again when runaway French league leader Paris Saint-Germain faces rock-bottom Clermont on Saturday.

Mbappé is the league top scorer with 24 goals and Clermont has the second-worst defense of the 18 top-flight teams with 46 conceded. It is a golden opportunity for Mbappé, PSG's all-time leading scorer with 251 goals, to add to his tally.

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Nadal pulls out of Monte Carlo Masters with injury, delaying his clay-court preparations

Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday because of a lingering injury, delaying the start of his clay-court tournament preparation ahead of the French Open and extending his absence that began in January.

The 37-year-old Nadal had hip surgery last summer and has played only three competitive matches — in Brisbane before skipping the Australian Open — this year.

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Celtics clinch NBA playoff home edge by silencing Thunder

The Boston Celtics clinched the NBA's best record this season and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs with a 135-100 blowout over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Jayson Tatum added 24 points and Jaylen Brown contributed 23 points for the Celtics, who improved to an Eastern Conference-best 60-16.

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Mbappé scores a deflected goal as PSG beats Rennes 1-0 to reach French Cup final

Kylian Mbappé saw his first-half penalty saved but then scored with a deflected shot moments later as Paris Saint-Germain beat Rennes 1-0 to reach the French Cup final on Wednesday.

PSG goes for a record-extending 15th French Cup trophy when it faces first-division rival Lyon on May 25 in Lille.

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Arsenal goes back on top of Premier League as Man City routs Aston Villa to stay close

The three-way race for the Premier League title looks likely to go down to the wire after wins for Arsenal and Manchester City made it even tighter at the top.

Arsenal moved back to the summit by beating Luton 2-0, while City routed Aston Villa 4-1 to go level on points with second-place Liverpool.

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Haaland left out of Man City starting lineup against Aston Villa

Erling Haaland was left out of Manchester City's starting lineup for its Premier League match against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

But it didn't hinder the defending champion as Phil Foden scored a hat trick in a 4-1 rout at Etihad Stadium.

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Tottenham held 1-1 at West Ham to dent Champions League hopes

Tottenham missed the chance to overtake Aston Villa in the race for Champions League qualification after settling for a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Tuesday in the Premier League.

Brennan Johnson had given fifth-place Spurs an ideal start at London Stadium, but that was canceled out by Kurt Zouma's leveler in the 19th.

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Cristiano Ronaldo nets another hat trick in Saudi Arabia

Cristiano Ronaldo notched his second hat trick in the space of 72 hours as Al-Nassr routed Abha 8-0 in the Saudi Pro League on Tuesday.

The five-time Ballon D'Or winner scored three goals and recorded two assists in the first half for the nine-time Saudi Arabian champions.

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Spanish police detain Rubiales on return to Spain amid corruption probe

Spanish police detained former soccer federation president Luis Rubiales on his return to the country amid an ongoing corruption probe, Spain's Civil Guard said Wednesday.

The Civil Guard said that Rubiales is being questioned by police at Madrid's airport after he was detained on exiting the plane that brought him back home from the Dominican Republic. Police have 72 hours to hand Rubiales over to a judge or release him.

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Americans star on an Iraqi basketball team. Its owners include forces that attacked US troops

A pro basketball team in Iraq is owned by a paramilitary group, and some of its forces recently attacked U.S. troops. But this hostility toward Uncle Sam has its limits: The team is banking on a high-scoring American to help lead them to a championship.

Like many former U.S. college basketball players facing stiff competition for a spot in the NBA, 27-year-old Uchenna Iroegbu of Sacramento has taken his talents abroad, excelling on teams in Nigeria and Qatar. Now the 6-foot point guard is in Baghdad after signing last month with Hashed al-Shaabi — the Popular Mobilization Forces — just in time for the Iraqi Basketball Super League playoffs.

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