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UEFA rebuts claim Istanbul in doubt as Champions League final host after election

UEFA insisted Friday that the Champions League final will be played in Istanbul, hitting back at a newspaper report that claims the European soccer body has explored Lisbon as a standby option if there is turmoil in Turkey after this weekend's elections.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in a close race to extend his 20-year grip on power. He is seeking a third term in Sunday's election.

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Premier League season reaches final weeks with Man City leading Arsenal in title race

The title race between Manchester City and Arsenal is headed to the wire. The fight for Champions League qualification has tightened up. It's surely down to two from a group of four teams for relegation.

There's so much still to play for in the Premier League with only two weeks remaining.

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As Bayern Munich fights Borussia Dortmund, Schalke aims to play the spoiler

Schalke, Leipzig and Cologne are the three teams standing between Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga title.

Beat all three and Bayern's season of upheaval ends with the trophy. Drop points and Borussia Dortmund can end the Bavarian club's decade-long record run of German championships.

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PSG hardcore 'ultras' to boycott games amid dispute with club

The hardcore "ultra" fans of Paris Saint-Germain plan to boycott the team's matches until further notice amid growing tensions with the club's direction.

The Collectif Ultras Paris said Wednesday that the move covers not only the men's team but also the women's side and the handball squad.

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Jalen Brunson scores 38 points, Knicks beat Heat 112-103 in Game 5 to cut deficit to a game

Jalen Brunson never talked to his coach about how minutes he would play, or how many points he had to score.

In the situation the Knicks faced, there's no need for talk.

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Embiid shines as Sixers sink Celtics, Nuggets rout Suns

The Philadelphia 76ers moved to within one win of a series victory over the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs on Tuesday as the Denver Nuggets thrashed the Phoenix Suns to edge closer to a place in the conference finals.

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Madrid, City draw 1-1 in Champions League semifinals

Real Madrid's Vinícius Júnior and Manchester City's Erling Haaland were relaxed and laughing as they embraced after the final whistle at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

They both seemed satisfied following an even first leg that ended in a 1-1 draw and left the Champions League semifinal wide open going into next week's return match in Manchester.

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Sergio Busquets to leave Barcelona at end of season

Sergio Busquets is ending his "unforgettable journey" of nearly two decades with Barcelona, he said Wednesday.

Busquets, whose contract ends this season, announced his decision with a video released on social media.

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De Bruyne out of Haaland's shadow, delivers again in Madrid

Kevin De Bruyne's shot flew like a missile, skimming just above the turf in a trajectory not dissimilar to Carlos Alberto's glorious goal for Brazil in the 1970 World Cup final.

Of course, this was no title match for Manchester City — it was the first leg of the Champions League semifinals — but with the eyes of the world on the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, it sure felt like one.

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Lionel Messi's father says no deal agreed with a future club

With speculation over Lionel Messi's potential next destination turning into a frenzy his father intervened to say no deal has been agreed over a move to Saudi Arabia or return to Barcelona.

Messi's contract with Paris Saint-Germain runs until the end of June, and his father Jorge Messi said nothing will be decided before PSG's season finishes on June 3.

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