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  • Mourinho appeases 'crying' Chelsea players

    By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho was purring like a cat that had devoured the leftovers from Christmas dinner but it did not stop him showing his professional claws after his Chelsea side eased past West Ham United 2-0 on Friday. Not content with basking in the glow of one of…

  • Soccer-Serbian Uros Matic to play for Macedonia

    SKOPJE, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Uros Matic, the brother of Chelsea and Serbia midfielder Nemanja, is set to play for Macedonia, the Balkan nation's FA president Ilco Georgioski said on Saturday. The 24-year old attacking midfielder, who played seven games for Serbia's Under-19s, visited the Macedonian…

  • Crystal Palace fires manager Neil Warnock

    LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace fired Neil Warnock after only four months in charge on Saturday, becoming the first English Premier League manager to lose his job this season.

    Associated Press
  • Rampant Ronaldo looking to improve on outstanding 2014

    MADRID (Reuters) - Not content with four titles in 2014, including his second Champions League, prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make next year an even bigger success. Ronaldo netted 51 goals in 47 appearances last season, setting a record of 17 goals for one edition…

  • Title rivals Chelsea and Man City pass West test

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea overpowered West Ham United 2-0 and Manchester City outclassed West Bromwich Albion 3-1 as the Premier League title rivals flexed their muscles at the start of a hectic holiday programme on Friday. With nine points available in less than a week the…

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  • Soccer-Former Brazil striker Adriano set to join Le Havre

    PARIS, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Former Inter Milan and Brazil striker Adriano is set to revive his troubled career at the oldest French professional club after second division Le Havre struck a deal to sign him. The 32-year-old Adriano, whose career has fallen apart in recent years due to disciplinary…

  • Lloris expected to be fit for United showdown

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino eased fears over Hugo Lloris's fitness by confirming the France goalkeeper was unharmed after a collision with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy. Lloris will be fit for Sunday's home match against Manchester United despite going down in an incident that brought…

  • Strong start gives Man City 3-1 win at West Brom

    WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Manchester City kept the pressure on Premier League leader Chelsea by easing to a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in snowy conditions on Friday, scoring all of its goals in the first 34 minutes.

    Associated Press
  • Soccer-Russia 2018 Organising Committee in budget deficit

    MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) - The Local Organising committee for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will have a budget deficit for the next year, the country's minister for sport Vitaly Mutko said on Friday. Mutko was speaking at a meeting held by the organisation's directorate of which he is a member. "We…

  • Team News - Week 18

    All the starting XI's, benches and more for right here for today's Boxing Day games.

  • Soccer-Vietnam gets tough with life bans for match-fixers

    By Mai Nguyen HANOI, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Vietnam's soccer federation has banned nine players for life for fixing an Asian club match, part of efforts to win back dwindling confidence of fans and rebuild a reputation tarnished by bribery scandals. The former Vissai Ninh Binh players received jail…

  • Soccer-Di Maria ruled out for Manchester United

    LONDON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Manchester United will be without Angel Di Maria for Friday's home Premier League game against Newcastle United after the Argentine was injured in training. United said on their website that their record signing was injured during a Christmas Eve training session.…

  • Cherries stay top after Fulham stroll

    London (AFP) - Bournemouth remain on course for the Premier League after the surprise Championship leaders cruised to a 2-0 win over Fulham on Friday.

  • PREVIEW-Soccer-United bandwagon gathering pace under Van Gaal

    By Justin Palmer LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - While Chelsea and Manchester City slug it out at the top of the Premier League, Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford revolution gathers ever more momentum in the red half of Manchester. The Dutchman endured a tricky start to his reign but seven wins in eight…

  • Soccer-Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after dismal run

    * Warnock fired after dismal run * Palace have one win in 12 * Millen takes temporary charge (Adds club confirmation) LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace ended manager Neil Warnock's brief second spell in charge on Saturday following a dismal run of one win in 12…

  • United must maintain momentum, says de Gea

    LONDON (Reuters) - Goalkeeper David de Gea believes the busy holiday fixture list offers the perfect opportunity for Manchester United to put some pressure on the Premier League's top two clubs. United are third as they prepare to host Newcastle United on Friday, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea…

  • DeAndre Yedlin to join Tottenham in January

    LONDON (AP) -- United States defender DeAndre Yedlin will join Tottenham in January, six months earlier than expected.

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