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  • Proud Wenger hits back at critics

    London (AFP) - Arsene Wenger celebrated Arsenal's progress to the last 16 of the Champions League by taking a swipe at the critics inside and outside the Emirates Stadium.

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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…

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  • Soccer-It's in our hands now, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

    SOFIA, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Under-pressure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he always believed his side's Champions League fate would come down to the last match at home to FC Basel and he has been proved right. Liverpool conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw away to Bulgarian side Ludogorets…

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  • FIFA Rankings List

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA world rankings for November published Thursday (October position in parentheses):

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  • Soccer-Ancelotti lauds players after Real equal best-ever run

    (Clarifies Ancelotti was criticising players in ninth paragraph) MADRID, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti gave all the credit to his players after the Champions League holders matched the club record for consecutive victories of 15 on Wednesday. The 1-0 win at FC Basel, a fifth…

    Reuters
  • British trio on brink of Europa League knockout phase

    Paris (AFP) - Everton, Tottenham and Celtic can wrap up their places in the Europa League knockout stage in Thursday's penultimate batch of group matches.

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  • Debut Barca goal for Suarez could open floodgates

    MADRID (Reuters) - Luis Suarez's debut goal for Barcelona was inevitably overshadowed by Lionel Messi's Champions League scoring record but the Uruguayan's opener in Tuesday's 4-0 win at APOEL Nicosia is likely to be the first of many. Suarez returned to action at the end of October after serving a…

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  • Bayern to Berlin, Wolfsburg vs. Moenchengladbach

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — If there is ever a good time to lose a match, then this was it, according to Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

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  • Soccer-Spurs trying to make Pochettino connection, says Eriksen

    LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur have struggled to connect to manager Mauricio Pochettino's philosophy but playmaker Christian Eriksen believes the team are starting to fill the gaps after an inconsistent start to the season. Pochettino, who joined Spurs from Premier League rivals…

    Reuters
  • Brandao gets one-month jail sentence for headbutt

    PARIS (AP) — Brazilian striker Brandao has been handed a one-month jail sentence along with a 20,000-euro ($25,000) fine for head-butting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta.

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  • FA of Ireland CEO keeps job despite song row

    DUBLIN (AP) -- The Football Association of Ireland has cleared John Delaney to stay as chief executive despite being filmed singing an Irish nationalist song in a pub.

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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,…

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  • Juventus win fails to placate bottle-kicking Allegri

    MILAN - (Reuters) - If Juventus players thought that the days of halftime rants and flying water bottles had ended with Antonio Conte's departure, coach Massimilano Allegri's outburst against Malmo suggests they were sorely mistaken. Television cameras caught the usually phlegmatic Allegri in a fit…

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  • 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.

    The Associated Press
  • Soccer-Danny's late goal keeps Zenit's last-16 hopes alive

    (Adds quotes) By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Zenit St Petersburg set up a winner takes all clash with Monaco for a place in the Champions League knockout stages after Danny's goal gave them a nervy 1-0 win against Benfica in Group C on Wednesday. Danny's well-taken 79th minute…

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  • Soccer-Mexican championship quarterfinal results

    Nov 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Mexican championship Quarterfinal matches on Wednesday Quarterfinal AperturaThursday, November 27, first legUNAM - America 1-0 (halftime: 0-0) Pachuca - Tigres 1-1 (halftime: 0-0) Next Fixtures (GMT): Quarterfinal Apertura, first leg Friday, November…

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  • Revs' Jones ready for anything from Red Bulls

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England midfielder Jermaine Jones wouldn't be surprised if the New York Red Bulls target him and try to get him upset with the referee.

    The Associated Press
  • Barcelona faces tough Valencia in Spanish league

    MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi will be looking for a hat trick of hat tricks when Barcelona takes on Valencia in the Spanish league on Sunday.

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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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