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  • McDowall looks to get Rangers back on track

    Rangers caretaker manager Kenny McDowall says his aim is to get the Ibrox club back to performing on the pitch following a turbulent one off it. McDowall was promoted from Rangers assistant manager till the end of the season this week after Ally McCoist was placed on gardening leave the day before…

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Tottenham Hotspur-Leicester City Preview

    Bottom of the table at Christmas, Leicester City are in danger of losing touch with the pack at the foot of the Premier League.

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Redknapp confident QPR can stay up and keep Austin

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Queens Park Rangers' leading scorer Charlie Austin will not be sold in the January transfer window but his future depends on the club staying in the Premier League, manager Harry Redknapp said on Wednesday. The 25-year-old Austin, whose 11 goals so far this season…

    Reuters
  • Bad news for Balotelli as Liverpool alter system

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — There's a very different feel to Christmas Day at Liverpool this season.

    Associated Press
  • Soccer-Toure on target for fourth straight African honour

    CAIRO, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Manchester City's Yaya Toure will be favourite to collect a record fourth successive African Footballer of the Year crown after he was named in the list of final three nominees by the Confederation of African Football. The Ivory Coast midfielder faces competition from…

    Reuters
  • Lampard hope lights Man City's striker gloom

    West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Manchester City's attacking injury problems remain ahead of Friday's trip to West Bromwich Albion, but manager Manuel Pellegrini expects better news concerning on-loan midfielder Frank Lampard before 2015 arrives.

    AFP
  • Soccer-Turkish championship fixtures

    Dec 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Fixtures from the Turkish championship matches on Friday Friday, December 26 (GMT)Genclerbirligi v Galatasaray (1800) Saturday, December 27 (GMT)Karabukspor v Balikesirspor (1130) Istanbul Basaksehir v Erciyesspor (1400) Fenerbahce v Mersin Idmanyurdu (1700) Sunday,…

    Reuters
  • Ivory Coast set fair for CAN after budget approved

    African football giants Ivory Coast will travel to next month's Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea having secured the budget their federation had demanded after it was approved by the government on Thursday, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) announced. The sports minister had originally…

    AFP
  • Pochettino tells Spurs players: 'World is watching us'

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino thinks the world will be watching the Premier League on Boxing Day, as he prepares to take his side to relegation-threatened Leicester City. The Argentinian got his first taste of England's hectic festive schedule with Southampton last season, and with…

    AFP
  • DeAndre Yedlin to join Tottenham in January

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

    The Associated Press
  • Wenger backs Mertesacker ahead of QPR visit

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended under-fire centre-back Per Mertesacker ahead of his side's Premier League home game with Queens Park Rangers on Friday. Mertesacker was criticised after apparently ducking beneath the ball to allow Martin Skrtel to net a 97th-minute equaliser for Liverpool…

    AFP
  • Soccer-English premier league fixtures

    Dec 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Fixtures from the English premier league matches on Friday Friday, December 26 (GMT)Chelsea v West Ham United (1245) Burnley v Liverpool (1500) Crystal Palace v Southampton (1500) Everton v Stoke City (1500) Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (1500) Manchester United v…

    Reuters
  • Van Gaal hasn't given up on title

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists that winning the Premier League title remains a goal for him and the players despite being 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea heading into Friday's fixtures. The 63-year-old Dutchman -- who originally said when he took over after the World Cup this…

    AFP
  • QPR's Ferdinand hoping to be busy during holiday fixtures

    LONDON (Reuters) - After nearly 20 years spent working through the Christmas holidays Rio Ferdinand could be forgiven if he wanted to put his feet up and enjoy the fruits of his long career. Instead, the former Manchester United and England defender is hoping to be as busy as possible during the…

    Reuters
  • Zola appointed as Cagliari boss

    Serie A strugglers Cagliari have appointed club favourite Gianfranco Zola as their new coach, the club announced on Wednesday. Zola, 48, replaces Zdemak Zemen who was sacked on Monday after a series of poor results left the Sardinian club hovering just above the relegation zone with just one win in…

    AFP