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Barca and Real battle for Cup

MADRID: Barcelona and Real Madrid face off (starting at 10.30pm, Bahrain time) for the first major title of the Spanish season in the Copa del Rey final at the Mestalla in Valencia today.

However, the build-up to the game for both sides has been disrupted by injuries to key players.

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ARSENAL BACK IN TOP 4

LONDON: Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski struck twice in a 3-1 win over West Ham United last night to take them back into the Premier League top four as they maintained their bid for a Champions League place.

Ronaldo to miss King's Cup final due to injury

MADRID: Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will miss tonight's King's Cup final against Barcelona after failing to recover from knee and thigh muscle problems, coach Carlo Ancelotti said.

2,000cc battle hots up at BIC

It's time to win or go home as the BIC 2,000cc Challenge heads for the seventh and penultimate round of the 2013/2014 season this Friday (April 18) at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.

Gago fitness in doubt

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago could miss the World Cup due to a knee injury after his club Boca Juniors said on Monday he would need up to 60 days to recover.

City face punishment

LONDON: Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain both face substantial punishments for failing to comply with Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported yesterday.

Mumbai begin bid to defend IPL title

ABU DHABI: The Mumbai Indians are without Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting as they aim to defend their Indian Premier League crown.

Djokovic off to fine start

MONACO: Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Monte Carlo Masters title yesterday with a quick 6-1, 6-0 win over Albert Montanes in the second round, maintaining his perfect record against the Spaniard.

Pliskova eases past Krunic in opener

KUALA LUMPUR: Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova easily beat Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic yesterday in the first round of the BMW Malaysian Open.

Al Najma edge Ettihad

AL NAJMA defeated Ettihad 74-69 in an exciting encounter in the first of the best of three finals of the Bahrain Zain Basketball Silver League last night at the Bahrain Basketball Association Court in Um Al Hassam.

Muharraq go down to Shabab

MUHARRAQ lost to UAE's Shabab 1-2 in a Group B match of the 29th GCC Football Clubs Championship at the Bahrain National Stadium in Isa Town last night.

St Christopher's shine in schools athletics event

ST CHRISTOPHER's excelled in the annual BPSSL Athletics event at the Bahrain School, winning a total of 27 gold medals.

Preparations on for West Asian track and field event

THE Bahrain Athletics Association (BAA) has started its preparations to host the next West Asian Track and Field Athletics Championships.

Table tennis team second in Amman

BAHRAIN's junior table tennis team finished second at the recently-concluded West Asian Championship in Amman, in Jordan, thus ensuring themselves a place in the next Asian Championship in India in September later this year.

REJECTED!

PARIS: Formula One team Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix has been rejected by the International Court of Appeal, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said yesterday.

Doping ban on South Korean players lifted

KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said yesterday it had lifted a one-year ban imposed on South Korean star Lee Yong-Dae for missing doping tests, after "new evidence" came to light.

Wizards too hot for Heat

WASHINGTON: The Washington Wizards downed an undermanned Miami Heat 114-93 on Monday to hand the Indiana Pacers the top seed in the Eastern Conference.


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