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Juventus move a step closer to rejoining Europe's elite

TURIN, Italy - Juventus's win over Real Madrid has strengthened their conviction that they are good enough to rejoin European football's elite after years of watching the Champions League final stages from the sidelines.

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Ancelotti needs rethink after Ramos experiment fails

BARCELONA - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will have to rethink his tactics ahead of the Champions League return leg after Sergio Ramos came unstuck in an experimental midfield role in the semi-final clash with Juventus. Acclaimed as one of the game's best centre-halves, Ramos looked like a fish out of water in the middle of the pitch in their 2-1 first leg defeat on Tuesday both defensively in front of the backline and most noticeably in building play.

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Israeli FA to meet Blatter in effort to avert suspension

JERUSALEM - Israel's top soccer administrators will meet FIFA President Sepp Blatter in Zurich on Wednesday in a late bid to avert a vote called by the Palestinians to suspend Israel from the world body.

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Greece set to escape ban as sports law goes to parliament

ATHENS - Greek football is set to breathe a sigh of relief as the country's controversial new sports law was submitted to parliament on Wednesday with the necessary amendments to avoid a FIFA and UEFA ban from international competition.

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Sangakkara signs up for Australia's Big Bash

SYDNEY - Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara has given Australia's domestic Twenty20 league a major shot in the arm by signing up to play for the Hobart Hurricanes from next season.

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FIFA give Indonesia new deadline, fans want intervention

JAKARTA - FIFA have told Indonesia to resolve their soccer administration row by the end of the month or face suspension, with angry fans of local club Persija demonstrating in Jakarta and demanding president Joko Widodo intervene.

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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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