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EUROPE - Barcelona scraped into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 4-3 aggregate win over Real Madrid despite letting a two-goal lead slip at Camp Nou.
Madrid had started by far the brighter of the two sides and should have been ahead within seconds as Gonzalo Higuain screwed his shot wide when clean through on Jose Manuel Pinto.
No Boat? No Worries! Hitch A Ride for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Via Gocrew.net or Ondeck RacingWritten by Michele Korteweg Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:00
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – There's more than one way to enjoy the legendary "Serious Fun" that's become the trademark for the annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the 32nd edition of which is scheduled for March 1-4.
EUROPE - Carlos Tevez's refusal to return to Manchester City will cost the Argentine striker a staggering £9.3 million in fines and withdrawn loyalty payments.
Meanwhile, City's chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak also warned Tevez that he will be forced to stay at City for the next two-and-a-half years unless the club receive an offer they believe reflects his market value - believed to be above €30 million.
EUROPE - Man City striker Mario Balotelli has been charged with violent conduct and faces a four-match ban after appearing to stamp on Tottenham's Scott Parker during Sunday's 3-2 win at Eastlands.
Balotelli, who had already received a yellow card, escaped sanction for treading on Parker's head and went on to score the 94th minute penalty that decided the game, prompting a furious reaction from Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who felt Balotelli should not have been on the pitch to score the winner.
"I don't like people kicking other people in the head on a football pitch,'' Redknapp said after the game.
"It is not something I understand. Why should he go and back-heel someone in the head when he is on the floor?''
Balotelli has until 18.00 GMT on Wednesday to respond to the FA charge. If he accepts the allegation, the 21-year-old will miss the Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool at Anfield.
However, should the Italy international decide to appeal he will be free to face the Merseyside giants, with a hearing taking place later this week.
An FA statement read: "The FA has today charged Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli with violent conduct following an incident in his side's home game against Tottenham Hotspur.
"Balotelli was involved in an incident with Tottenham's Scott Parker during Manchester City's 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 22 January 2012.
"Balotelli has until 6pm on Wednesday 25 January 2012 to respond to the charge.''
The FA have decided that City defender Joleon Lescott has no case to answer over a separate incident during the Premier League clash, when Spurs defender Younes Kaboul was caught in the face with an elbow.
Balotelli would be at risk of getting the suspension extended if he appealed as referee Howard Webb informed the FA that, had he seen the Italian's apparent stamp, he would have sent the City player off.
If he accepts the charge, Balotelli would also miss the Premier League trips to Everton and Aston Villa, plus the home encounter with Fulham on February 4.
It is the latest in a long line of disciplinary issues involving Balotelli since his arrival from Inter Milan at the beginning of last season, and for City during January.
PHILIPSBURG - Dutch teenager Laura Dekker sailed into harbor of St Maarten Friday becoming the youngest sailor to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Explosive batting led by Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard followed by crippling bowling coasted Trinidad & Tobago to their second straight Caribbean Twenty20 title on Sunday with a crushing 63-run victory over Jamaica.
PHILIPSBURG - ESPN International will telecast a 30-minute highlight program showcasing the Tobago International Cycling Classic 2011, the first Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-sanctioned cycling race in the English-speaking Caribbean.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – An entertaining 57 from opener Michael Swart helped Netherlands virtually condemn the Combined Campuses & Colleges to an early exit from the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament with a 26-run victory on Wednesday.
PHILIPSBURG - On Sunday January 15th 2012, the Soualiga Youth basketball season was officially opened at the LB Scot Sports Auditorium.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Following the completion of the first phase of the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, the focus now turns to Kensington Oval here this week with the battle for places in the semi-finals fairly competitive among the top teams.