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International friendlies

Brazil fired by Neymar hat-trick, wins for Europe's elite

LONDON - Neymar's hat-trick lit up a powerful Brazil performance as the 32 nations taking part in this year's World Cup finals tested out their squads in friendlies on Wednesday. (SOCCER-FRIENDLIES/ (WRAPUP 1, PIX), moved, by Martyn Herman, 800 words)

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La Liga

Barca, Atletico look to up the pressure on leaders Real

MADRID - Second-placed champions Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, in third, can both overhaul leaders Real Madrid with wins at Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo respectively on Saturday, before Real host Levante on Sunday. (SOCCER-SPAIN/ (PREVIEW) expect by 1100 GMT/6 AM ET, by Iain Rogers, 500 words)

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Premier League

LONDON - Chelsea have a gilt-edged opportunity to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League this weekend and there is nothing their main title rivals can do about it. (SOCCER-ENGLAND (PREVIEW), moved, by Martyn Herman, 600 words)

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FA Cup preview

FA Cup holders Wigan look to shock Man City again

LONDON - An immediate return to the Premier League remains Wigan Athletic's priority but the FA Cup holders are determined to repeat last year's shock final win over Manchester City when they meet in Sunday's last eight clash. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUP (PREVIEW), by Josh Reich, moved, 600 words)

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Jefferson leads Bobcats to surprise win over Pacers

Al Jefferson scored 34 points, including 20 in the first half, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Indiana Pacers. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), moved, by The Sports Xchange, 550 words)

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Giroux, Voracek score two apiece in Flyers triumph

Claude Giroux and right winger Jakub Voracek both scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a victory over the Washington Capitals. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), moved, by The Sports Xchange, 900 words)

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Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (moved, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Rebel Higginbotham dark horse for Wallabies captaincy

MELBOURNE - Hard man Scott Higginbotham is relishing the captaincy at the Melbourne Rebels and may be a candidate for the highest office in Australian rugby (RUGBY-AUSTRALIA/HIGGINBOTHAM (INTERVIEW), expect by 1000 GMT / 5 AM ET, by Ian Ransom, 600 words)

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Asia Cup, Bangladesh (to 8)

Tenth match: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Dhaka

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McGinley set to announce Ryder Cup deputies

DUBLIN - Europe's Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley is expected to announce Sam Torrance, David Howell and Des Smyth as his vice-captains on Thursday for the biennial clash with the United States at Gleneagles, Scotland in September. (GOLF-RYDER/, expect at 1130 GMT/6:30 AM ET, 500 words)

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PGA Tour: WGC-Cadillac Championship (to 9)

Woods ready for defence of WGC-Cadillac crown

DORAL, Florida - Tiger Woods opens defence of his WGC-Cadillac Championship crown and number one ranking as the world's top 50 ranked players tackle the redesigned Blue Monster Course at the Trump National Doral. (GOLF-PGA/ (PIX), expect lead by 2300 GMT/6:00 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 500 words)

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PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (to 9)

Brown looks to defend title at Puerto Rico Open

Defending champion Scott Brown, South Korean Noh Seung-yul and Nicolas Colsaerts are among those in the field at the Puerto Rico Open at Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande. (GOLF-PGA/PUERTORICO, expect by 0130 GMT/8:30 PM ET, 250 words)

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ATP/WTA: Indian Wells, California, U.S. (to 16)

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Rally of Mexico (to 9)

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