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Messi to Return as Barcelona host Roma in Champions League Last Eight

Lionel Messi is expected back for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Roma and for Barcelona his return cannot come soon enough. Messi’s latest rescue-act on Saturday, when he came off the bench to inspire a remarkable fightback against Sevilla, has regurgitated the question of Barca’s dependency on their number 10. It is difficult …

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United States Rides Youth Movement to Win Over Paraguay

The United States men’s national team continued trudging through the non-World Cup wilderness on Tuesday with its interim head coach and its rotating cast of young, unproven players managing a 1-0 victory in an exhibition against Paraguay. In the Americans’ third game since the October loss to Trinidad and Tobago …

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For Sloane Stephens, Run to Final in Miami Brightens the Mood

Sloane Stephens was trying to get ready. Busy choosing an outfit to wear for her day-after-U.S-Open-championship photo shoot in New York last September, Stephens barely heard the knock at her hotel room door. Assuming the intruder was room service, Stephens cheerily called out, “Come iiiin.” When she realized, instead, that …

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Sidney Crosby and Penguins Try to Peak at the Right Time

Sidney Crosby mulled the query. Could he fathom already being 13 seasons into his N.H.L. career? “Hard to believe,” said Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 30-year-old captain, who scored his 400th goal in February and recorded career assist No. 700 on March 21. “I don’t know where the time goes.” Crosby joined the league the same …

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Shohei Ohtani Wins First Start With Angels

Shohei Ohtani won his major league pitching debut, throwing three-hit ball over six innings on Sunday and leading the Los Angeles Angels past the Oakland Athletics, 7-4. Ohtani, a two-way star from Japan, took the mound three days after he was the designated hitter in the season opener. Reaching the …

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Clyde Drexler Named Commissioner of Big3 League

With a vacancy at commissioner created by a split with Roger Mason Jr., Ice Cube’s Big3 basketball league promoted from within, naming Clyde Drexler, a 10-time N.B.A. All-Star, to lead the fledgling three-on-three league for the next three years. The turnaround from Mason’s dismissal to Drexler’s hiring took just three …

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