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  • 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.

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  • Rooney gives Newcastle a Boxing Day lesson

    Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United rewarded manager Louis van Gaal's decision to grant his players Christmas Day off by beating Newcastle United 3-1 on Friday. Rooney, relishing the deeper midfield role which he has been assigned recently, effectively decided the contest with two lethal…

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  • Neuer cautious over Ballon d'Or prospects

    Berlin (AFP) - Germany's World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on Friday played down his prospects of securing the World Player of the Year award over holder Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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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…

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  • 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…

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  • Team News - Week 18

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

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  • Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United: Blues win on Boxing Day, extend lead at summit

    Jose Mourinho’s side took the lead through John Terry’s first-half goal, then Diego Costa‘s sublime finish sealed all three points for the west Londoners to keep them top of the Premier League table on 42 points.

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  • Soccer-Title rivals Chelsea and Man City pass West test

    By Martyn Herman LONDON, Dec 26 (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…

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  • Arsenal 2-1 Queens Park Rangers: Gunners overcome Giroud red card to hold off R’s

    Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky scored goals on each side of Olivier Giroud‘s 53rd-minute red card, and the Gunners climbed to within two points of fourth-place Southampton.

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  • Sterling sinks Burnley to give Liverpool cheer

    Raheem Sterling scored the winner as Liverpool won 1-0 at Burnley on Friday to end a three-game winless run and keep their opponents in the Premier League relegation zone. It was a far from convincing performance by Brendan Rodgers's side and the outcome was tough on a Burnley team who lost at home…

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  • Soccer-Mourinho appeases 'crying' Chelsea players

    By Tony Jimenez LONDON, Dec 26 (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…

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  • 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…

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  • Experience William Boyd's The Vanishing Game

    For Alec Dunbar, the uncertain terrain may be the only thing certain to keep him alive in #TheVanishingGame

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  • 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…

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  • Tottenham beats Leicester 2-1 in Premier League

    LEICESTER, England (AP) — Christian Eriksen scored the winning goal in the 71st minute to give Tottenham a 2-1 victory over last-place Leicester and extend the host's winless run to 13 games in the Premier League.

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  • Ramirez fires Hull out of relegation zone

    Gaston Ramirez scored one goal and made another as Hull City escaped the Premier League relegation zone by coming from behind to win 3-1 at Sunderland on Friday. Adam Johnson had put Newcastle United to the sword with a last-minute winner last weekend and he gave Sunderland the edge against another…

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  • Stoke condemn Everton to back-to-back defeats

    Everton slumped to back-to-back Premier League defeats for the first time this season as Stoke City came away with a 1-0 win at Goodison Park on Friday. Having been humbled 3-1 at Southampton last Saturday, Everton were hoping to bounce back and make up ground on the top five, but a 38th minute…

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  • Toure close to fourth straight African award

    Johannesburg (AFP) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure moved closer to a record fourth consecutive African Footballer of the Year title on Friday when he was included in a three-man shortlist.

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  • Soccer-English premier league results and standings

    Dec 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the English premier league matches on Friday Friday, December 26 Arsenal 2 Queens Park Rangers 1 Burnley 0 Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2 West Ham United 0 Crystal Palace 1 Southampton 3 Everton 0 Stoke City 1 Leicester City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2…

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