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El Clasico: Unprecedented security measures in place for Real Madrid-Barcelona match

El Clasico: Unprecedented security measures in place for Real Madrid-Barcelona m

Madrid: Spanish officials are promising unprecedented security measures for Saturday's soccer game between Real Madrid and Barcelona following the attacks in Paris.

At a special security meeting prompted by last week's events in France, officials declared the Spanish league match between the local rivals a high-risk event.

Spain's secretary of state for security said after today's meeting that the measures will be "more than enough" to guarantee the safety of all of those involved in the game at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

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Messi 'unstoppable' on current form, says Pep Guardiola

Messi 'unstoppable' on current form, says Pep Guardiola

Barcelona (Spain), May 6 : Barcelona's ace striker Lionel Messi is unstoppable on current form believes Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

Speaking before Bayern Munich takes on Barcelona for the first time in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, Guardiola said he did not have a formula to stop the four-time World Player of the Year, who has scored
51 goals in 50 games this season.

He was quoted by Sport24, as saying that there is no defence that can stop Messi.

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Spanish La Liga: Barcelona eases past Espanyol

Spanish La Liga: Barcelona eases past Espanyol

Barcelona (Spain), Apr.26 - Barcelona beat Espanyol two nil in Spain's La Liga on Saturday, increasing its lead in the tournament provisionally.

Sport24 reported that star strikers Lionel Messi and Neymar combined their talent to score both goals for Barcelona, which played the last 36 minutes of the game with ten players after left-back Jordi Alba was booked for protesting against the referee's decisions.

Messi's incisive pass started a move that Neymar finished off in the 17th minute after Suarez had coolly let the ball run between his legs.

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Nishikori beats Klizan to enter Barcelona Open final

Nishikori beats Klizan to enter Barcelona Open final

Barcelona (Spain), Apr.26 - Defending champion Kei Nishikori has beaten 14th seed Martin Klizan to reach the final of the Barcelona Open.

He will now face Pablo Andujar who defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 6-3 in Sunday's final, reports the BBC.

Japan's Nishikori, 25, who is looking for his ninth ATP World Tour title, needed only 77 minutes to overcome Klizan of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2.

Nishikori had beat Colombia's Santiago Giraldo in two sets to win the title at last year's event.

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Messi hits record treble as Barca crush Levante

Lionel Messi

Madrid : Lionel Messi marked his 300th La Liga appearance with a record-equalling hat-trick and an assist for Neymar as Barcelona stayed hard on the heels of leaders Real Madrid with a 5-0 romp at home to Levante on Sunday.

Messi has been on electric form in recent weeks and his pinpoint cross set up Neymar to put Barca 1-0 ahead in the 17th minute at the Nou Camp.

The Brazil forward skewed his close-range volley but the ball looped up over Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino into the net.

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Cristiano Ronaldo returns for depleted Real in Madrid derby

Cristiano Ronaldo

Madrid : World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo returns for a Real Madrid side otherwise stricken by injuries and suspensions as they look to beat Atletico Madrid for the first time in six meetings this season on Saturday.

Ronaldo completed his two-game ban for kicking out at Cordoba defender Edimar as the European champions sneaked past Sevilla to open up a four-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table on Wednesday.

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Anirban Lahiri earns European Tour card for 2015

Girona, Spain - Anirban Lahiri continued his dream run in 2014 by earning a European Tour card for the first time in his career after finishing inside the top-25 at the European Tour Q-School Final Stage here.

Lahiri (65-68-66-73-75-72) carded an even-par-72 in the sixth and final round of the event yesterday to claim tied 16th place at nine-under-419.

Mikko Korhonen of Finland won the event with a 20-under-408 total.

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Rafael Nadal to receive stem cell treatment for back pain

Barcelona - Rafael Nadal's doctor says the 14-time Grand Slam winner will receive stem cell treatment on his ailing back.

Angel Ruiz-Cotorro told on Monday that "we are going to put cells in a joint in his spine" next week in Barcelona.

The Spanish tennis star was already sidelined for the rest of the season after having his appendix removed last week.

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Andy Murray eyes Tour Finals momentum in Valencia

Valencia - Two-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray continues his bid to reach the ATP World Tour Finals next month at the Valencia Open fresh from his second tournament victory of the season in Vienna.

The Scot downed David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 to claim the title on his first appearance in the Austrain capital to move ahead of the Spaniard into the final qualifiyng spot for the season-ending finals in London.

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Cristiano Ronaldo hits third hat-trick in five games

Cristiano RonaldMadrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third hat-trick in five games as Real Madrid moved into the top four for the first time this season with a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

It took Ronaldo just two minutes to extend his scoring streak to eight games as he headed home Gareth Bale's cross and Karim Benzema made the game safe when he doubled Madrid's lead just before half-time yesterday.

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