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  • Fabregas hits back at Ramos in Spain commitment row

    Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said he was offended by Spanish international teammate Sergio Ramos questioning his commitment to La Roja after pulling out of games against Belarus and Germany earlier this month through injury. Fabregas was allowed to return to London by Spain's medical team…

  • If Lionel Messi left Barcelona, where would he go?

    Only the world's richest clubs could afford such a move, but some are better fits than others.

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  • Aguero up with Messi, Ronaldo - Lampard

    Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard believes that his team-mate Sergio Aguero stands comparison with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo following his stunning Champions League hat-trick against Bayern Munich. Having opened the scoring in the 21st minute of Tuesday's game at the Etihad Stadium,…

  • Former match-fixer advises limiting online bets

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Limiting online betting to matches in the world's top leagues would help cut down on fixing because those games are not as easy to manipulate, according to convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.

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    Soccer Star James Rodriguez -- Declares Underwear War on Cristiano Ronaldo

    First Beckham, then Ronaldo ... now ANOTHER soccer star is getting into the men's underwear game - James Rodriguez . The Colombian superstar who plays for Real Madrid stripped down to his man panties to model his new line of undies, J10 ... made by a Colombian underwear company Bronzini. Seems to…

  • Fire near Tottenham ground 'suspicious'

    London (AFP) - A fire that wrecked the offices of a firm in dispute with Tottenham Hotspur over the club's proposed ground redevelopment was described as "suspicious" by investigators on Tuesday.

  • Barcelona beats APOEL 4-0, Messi sets record

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lionel Messi made a slice of European football history as the Barcelona striker hit a hat trick to become the Champions League's all-time top scorer in a 4-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday.

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  • Lahm among 3 Germany defenders on shortlist

    ZURICH (AP) -- World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm is among three Germany defenders nominated by professional players for selection in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.

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  • Valencia discards new bat logo similar to Batman

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) -- Spanish football club Valencia says it will not use a new version of its bat logo that comic book maker DC Comics had opposed for being too similar to its Batman symbol.

    The Associated Press
  • Soccer-Gerrard criticism hugely unfair, says Rodgers

    By Angel Krasimirov SOFIA, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Under-fire Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may not be enjoying his best spell of form but he is still "a top class player", manager Brendan Rodgers said ahead of their Champions League clash with Ludogorets. The 34-year-old midfielder has come in for…

  • Soccer-Shakhtar lose to Bilbao having already qualified

    (Adds quotes, details) By Igor Nitzak LVIV, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Shakhtar Donetsk lost 1-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao in the Champions League on Tuesday but had already been handed a place in the last 16 thanks to Porto's earlier win at BATE Borisov. BATE's 3-0 defeat meant Shakhtar, who have reached…

  • Italian sides in good shape in Europa League

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- While Italian teams struggle to advance in the Champions League, Serie A could have a clean sweep of representatives in the knockout stage of the Europa League after the fifth round of group games.

    The Associated Press
  • Israelis said to search Palestinian soccer group

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- An alleged search of the Palestinian Football Association headquarters in the West Bank by the Israeli military was denounced Tuesday by the head of Asia's soccer federation.

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  • Wenger will turn Arsenal's fortunes around, says Ramsey

    LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is adamant Arsene Wenger is still the right man to lead the club and believes the Frenchman should not be perturbed by criticism from the club's second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov. Russian billionaire Usmanov has voiced his concerns over…

  • Bayern eager to learn from late lapses in Manchester

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich's 3-2 loss at Manchester City on Tuesday could not have come at a better time for coach Pep Guardiola, who said his side would learn from the mistakes that led to a first defeat since August. Bayern had already secured top spot in Champions…

  • Irish football chief sorry for nationalist song

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- The Football Association of Ireland chief executive apologized on Tuesday for any offense caused by singing an Irish nationalist song in a pub.

    The Associated Press
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  • Sony does not plan to renew FIFA sponsorship contract: sources

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp does not plan to renew its sponsorship contract with FIFA, the governing body for world soccer, as the Japanese electronics maker needs to prioritise its restructuring efforts, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Such a move would follow Emirates Airline's…