- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

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—REAL MADRID ROUTS SCHALKE, CHELSEA HELD AT GALATASARAY

Real Madrid emphatically end string of poor results in Germany by routing Schalke 6-1 in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 clash, while Chelsea draws 1-1 at Galatasaray.

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Real-routs-Schalke-6-1-Chelsea-Galatasaray-1-1-5270607.php

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—JUDGE REJECTS ARMSTRONG BID IN FIGHT OVER PRE-DOPING BONUSES

A judge has rejected Lance Armstrong’s bid to stop an arbitration panel from reviewing $12 million in bonuses the cyclist was paid before admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/judge-rules-against-armstrong-bonuses-fight

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—CLIPPERS SHINE AGAIN WITH WIN OVER ROCKETS

The Los Angeles Clippers continue their run of impressive results against fellow NBA title contenders by beating Houston 101-93.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/27/3962365/griffin-collison-help-clippers.html

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—TANAKA READY FOR SPOTLIGHT IN YANKEES TRAINING GAME

Big-money signing Masahiro Tanaka expects close scrutiny in his first outing for the New York Yankees in Saturday’s spring training game.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/tanaka-expects-scrutiny-1st-exhibition-outing?utm_campaign=AP_Sports&utm;_source=SocialFlow&utm;_medium=Twitter

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—JACQUES VILLENEUVE TO RETURN FOR INDY 500

At age 42, ex-Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve will return to Indy Car racing for the Indianapolis 500.

http://racing.ap.org/article/villeneuve-returning-indycars-mays-500

—MANCHESTER UNITED LOSES AT OLYMPIAKOS WHILE DORTMUND WIN AT ZENIT IN UCL

Manchester United’s struggles continue with a 2-0 loss at Olympiakos in first leg of Champions League round-of-16, while last year’s runner-up Borussia Dortmund win 4-2 at Zenit St. Petersburg.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dortmund-wins-4-2-zenit-champions-league

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—ASADA CONTEMPLATES CONTINUING HER FIGURE SKATING CAREER

Mao Asada says her figure skating career may not be over after all, and she is contemplating going on.

http://wintergames.ap.org/article/asada-contemplating-extending-career-after-sochi

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—FORMER WBA CHAMP CERMENO KILLED AFTER KIDNAPPING

Former WBA super bantamweight champ Antonio Cermeno is kidnapped then killed in Venezuela.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/former-boxing-world-champion-killed-venezuela?utm_campaign=AP_Sports&utm;_source=SocialFlow&utm;_medium=Twitter

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—OVECHKIN APOLOGIZES FOR RUSSIA’S HOCKEY PERFORMANCE IN SOCHI

Alex Ovechkin has apologized to Russians for the national hockey team’s performance at Sochi 2014.

http://wintergames.ap.org/article/ovechkin-apologizes-russia-hockey-performance

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—EX-SWIM STAR HACKETT GOES INTO REHAB

Former Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer Grant Hackett of Australia goes into rehabilitation treatment for addiction to sleeping drug.

http://wintergames.ap.org/article/former-olympic-champ-hackett-enter-rehab-us