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Davydenko to face long odds in Nadal Barcelona match-up

Nikolay DavydenkoBarcelona  - Russian Nikolay Davydenko checked in for another successful work day on the clay Friday while Rafael Nadal took advantage of a quarter-final walkover as the pair prepared for a Saturday semi-final clash at tennis' Barcelona Open.

Top-seeded world number one Nadal put in some practice time after learning the day before that seventh-seeded Argentine opponent David Nalbandian would not be fronting up for their match due to hip problems which intensified during the previous round.

Real Madrid's Pepe suspended for 10 matches

Real Madrid's Pepe suspended for 10 matches Madrid  - The disciplinary committee of the Spanish football federation announced on Friday evening a suspension of 10 matches for Real Madrid defender Pepe, for his part in the incidents at the end of Tuesday's stormy Real-Getafe clash.

The Portugal international pushed over Getafe's Francisco Casquero for a late penalty, then kicked the veteran midfielder twice whilst he was on the ground, and hit Getafe forward Juan Albin.

Pepe had to be pulled off the field by Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas, and left insulting the match officials.

Davydenko won't speculate on his clay fate against Nadal

Davydenko won't speculate on his clay fate against NadalBarcelona - Russian Nikolay Davydenko checked in for another successful work day on the clay Friday while Rafael Nadal took advantage of a quarter-final walkover as the pair prepared for a Saturday semi-final clash at the Barcelona Open.

Top-seeded world number one Nadal put in some practise time after learning the day before that seventh-seeded Argentine opponent David Nalbandian would not be fronting up for their match due to hip problems which intensified during the previous round.

Season over for Betis playmaker Mehmet Aurelio

 Season over for Betis playmaker Mehmet Aurelio Madrid

Illiterate thief sentenced to school time

Illiterate thief sentenced to school time Madrid - A Spanish judge has ordered an illiterate young thief to learn to read and write as punishment for his crimes, Spanish media reported Friday.

The 17-year-old, who lived in a village in the southern province of Granada, was convicted of stealing a dog, but returned it on request.

It was discovered during the trial that he was illiterate, despite having attended school until age 11.

Two more Africans die on way to Spain

 Two more Africans die on way to Spain Ceuta  - Two more African would-be immigrants have died while attempting to cross to Spain, police said Friday in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the Moroccan coast.

The bodies of the victims were found floating in the water at about 9 kilometres north-east of Ceuta late Thursday.

Autopsies showed the men, who were between 20 and 25 years old, died of hypothermia.

The victims wore life vests, which led police to conclude that they had tried to swim into Ceuta or had been on board a vessel smuggling migrants to mainland Spain.

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