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Mesmeric Messi nets double as Barca romp past Bayern

BARCELONA - Two late moments of Lionel Messi magic and a goal from Neymar helped Barcelona break the resistance of Bayern Munich in a pulsating 3-0 victory in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

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Spanish league to block RFEF plans to suspend competition

MADRID - Spain's professional league (LFP) has begun legal action to block a decision by the soccer federation (RFEF) to indefinitely suspend competition from May 16 over a spat with the government on a new law on collective bargaining for TV rights.

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French League investigates 15 players for betting offences

PARIS - Fifteen professional players are being investigating by the French Football League (LFP) for breaking anti-betting regulations, the LFP said on Wednesday.

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Azarenka suffers match-point meltdown in Williams loss

MADRID - Victoria Azarenka suffered a stunning meltdown and blew three match points against world number one Serena Williams before losing 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(1) in the third round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.

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Beijing snuffs out suburban BBQs in pre-Olympic smog fight

BEIJING - Beijing has extended a ban on outdoor barbecues to restaurants operating in some suburban areas as it tries to improve its notoriously poor air quality in case it wins the 2022 Winter Olympics, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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Real Madrid top Forbes' most valuable football teams list

- European champions Real Madrid are the world's most valuable football club for a third straight year, according to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday that showed the average value of the top 20 teams rose 11 percent over last year.

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Boston Marathon

Tens of thousands of runners brave cold rain for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon.

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Spieth wins Masters

Young gun Jordan Spieth adds his name to golf's record books with a stunning wire-to-wire victory by four shots.

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