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MADRID, Spain -- Athletic Bilbao secured its return to the Champions League next season by winning 3-0 at Rayo Vallecano on Friday to lock up a fourth-place finish in the Spanish league. Patrick Robinson Jersey . With Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona destined to take the top three spots, Bilbao fended off Sevillas late surge to seal its return to Europes top-tier competition for the first time since the 1998-99 season. The Basque side qualified for the playoff round to reach the group phase. "When I think back on how difficult this year has been, on how much we have won and lost, and to see this now, we have to enjoy it," Bilbao defender Mikel San Jose said while his teammates celebrated with a large group of their travelling fans. Bilbaos quest of reaching the Champions League was led by coach Ernesto Valverde, a former player who returned to coach the club a second time this summer after the exit of Marcelo Bielsa. Bilbao kept Rayos attack in check while taking advantage of a number of well-executed set pieces. After Mikel Rico and Aritz Aduriz both went close with shots resulting from corner kicks, San Jose acrobatically tapped in a ball from Markel Susaeta in the 20th minute to open the scoring. Forward Oscar de Marcos added a second goal 10 minutes later when he fired in a loose ball from a fourth corner kick, and Ander Herrera curled his free kick around the defensive wall and in off the post in the 74th to cap the win. The match in Madrid was twice delayed due to incidents involving both groups of supporters. The kickoff was 15 minutes late to let the Vallecas Stadium grounds crew clean up a large amount of paper bits Rayos home fans threw onto the pitch while festively celebrating before the game. The game was briefly stopped a second time after a barrier collapse in front of a section of Bilbao supporters following their teams second goal. TV images showed one man with what appeared to be a cut on his head. Another man needed to be carried off the pitch while he held his foot. TreQuan Smith Saints Jersey .The Toronto Raptors guard, who will represent the Eastern Conference at the All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday, says he doesnt complain in the face of adversity "because I know this little girl is just happy for anything. New Orleans Saints Jerseys .Currently no, Tatjana Haenni, FIFAs deputy director of the competitions division and head of womens competitions, said Tuesday in an interview from Ottawa.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots are moving on from a game they didnt have to win to one they cant afford to lose.Their 17-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday had no bearing on their status as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. Key starters didnt play and subdued fans rested their voices for the post-season.Any momentum gained by a victory would disappear by the time New England plays its next game at home on Jan. 10.I dont really believe that you can get bad habits in football, safety Devin McCourty said. I think everything is all about preparation each week. You do everything great one week, it doesnt mean next week you created good habits and itll happen again.Not knowing their next opponent, the Patriots (12-4) will spend this week scouting themselves, figuring out where they can improve as individuals and a team and then practicing to do that.Their division-round foe will be determined this coming weekend.Theyll play the wild-card winner with the lowest seed. It would be No. 6 Baltimore if it beats No. 3 Pittsburgh on Saturday. If Pittsburgh wins, the Patriots will play the winner of Sundays game between No. 4 Indianapolis and No. 5. Cincinnati.The Patriots beat Indianapolis (42-20) and Cincinnati (43-17) this season. Against Baltimore, they lost in the playoffs in the 2009 and 2012 seasons and won in the 2011 season, but the Ravens roster has changed substantially the past two seasons.Well have to be ready for the different possibilities, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday. Certain members of our staff will be doing the forward preparation on them. But we know where well be playing. ... We know the potential for some of the conditions that well be playing in.Winter in New England brings cold, wind and snow that can take a toll on the body.Belichick said Monday hes fine after meeting with club medical personnel about his health immediately after Sundays game.His team should be rested and relatively healthy for the playoff game with some regulars playing for the first time in at least three weeks. Jermon Bushrod Saints Jersey. .Julian Edelman, the Patriots top receiver, was inactive against the Bills. So was Rob Gronkowski, the powerful tight end who got through the season uninjured after being limited to seven games last season following forearm, back and knee problems.Edelman is Tom Bradys reliable, sure-handed, go-to receiver. Gronkowski overpowers defenders and demands double coverage that opens space for other receivers.Without them — and inactive linemen Dan Connolly and Sebastian Vollmer — Brady struggled in the first half against Buffalo. Then he watched from the sideline as rookie Jimmy Garoppolo played the rest of the way.Hopefully, Gronk is ready to roll and Jules is ready to roll and the guys up front are ready to roll in the next game, Brady said. Its good when you have your very good players out there.Sundays game gave backups extended playing time, experience that could come in handy in the post-season.On defence, Jonathan Casillas started for linebacker Donta Hightower and Logan Ryan replaced cornerback Brandon Browner with both regulars inactive.Still, the Patriots didnt allow a second-half touchdown for the sixth straight game.Were trying to improve as the game goes along, defensive co-ordinator Matt Patricia said. I think every play as the game goes becomes more critical. I think our guys understand that and thats something we put a point of emphasis on.Once the Patriots know their opponent, the emphasis will be on devising a game plan.No matter who we play, there are things that were going to need to work on this week, Belichick said. 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