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Beckham expecting emotional United tie

David Beckham could hardly contain his excitement on the eve of the Champions League tie between AC Milan and Manchester United at the San Siro.

Boks end losing run in Italy

World champions South Africa ended their three-match losing run with a 32-10 victory against error-strewn Italy on Saturday.

Mallet full of praise for De Villiers

Italy's South African coach Nick Mallett has paid tribute to his countryman and Springboks opposite number Peter de Villiers ahead of Saturday's Test.

Guardiola not afraid of fear

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says he is not afraid of nerves affecting his team ahead of Wednesday's Champions League final against Manchester United

Chelsea oust Juventus in 2-2 thriller

Goals from African pair Didier Drogba and Michael Essien earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw over Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Massa positive ahead of new F1 season

Formula One runner-up Felipe Massa vowed to learn from his past mistakes after taking the new 2009 F60 Ferrari for it's first test spin.

Spain end 44-year title drought

Spain ended their 44-year wait for a major international title with a 1-0 victory over Germany at the Euro 2008 final in Vienna on Sunday.

Rossi wins Italian Grand Prix for seventh time

Italian seven-time former world champion Valentino Rossi, riding a Yamaha, won his home grand prix at Mugello for the seventh time in a row on Sunday. Australian reigning world champion Casey Stoner took second place with Spaniard Dani Pedrosa in third.

Nine years on, Scholes finally realises European dream

The first time a player takes to the field in a Champions League final is always a special moment in his career, but for Paul Scholes there will be extra significance on Wednesday in Moscow. The Manchester United midfielder has had to wait longer than most and, even more poignantly, this opportunity has come nine years after it should have done.

United, Chelsea pack experienced punch

Chelsea may be playing their first Champions League final and Manchester United appearing in the showpiece event only after a nine-year absence, but there will be no shortage of experience when the two sides line up at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

Liverpool send ill-disciplined Inter crashing

Inter Milan's ill discipline cost them again as Liverpool won 1-0 at the San Siro on Tuesday to progress to the Champions League quarterfinals 3-0 on aggregate. Nicolas Burdisso was sent off just five minutes into the second half of the second-round, second-leg tie to scupper the Italian champions' hopes of reaching the next round.

Mallett frustrated by Italy mistakes

Italy's South African coach Nick Mallett said he was frustrated by his side's two crucial first-half mistakes that cost them a first-ever victory over England. Italy lost 23-19 at Rome's Stadio Olimpico in the Six Nations on Sunday in a match where they came as close as ever to beating England in 14 attempts.

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