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  • 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…

  • 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
  • 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
  • Smiling Allardyce wants more Mourinho 'compliments'

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Life has turned full circle for seasoned West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce since he last took his team to Chelsea. At the end of January the Hammers were mired in the relegation zone, the fans were calling for Allardyce to be sacked and he was the bookmakers'…

  • Centenary of Christmas truce remembered in poetry

    LONDON (Reuters) - The 100th anniversary of the Christmas truce during World War I has been remembered with a video featuring a poem recited by past and present players, managers and officials across England. Entitled 'The Game, Christmas Day 1914' the poem features stanzas read by the likes of…

  • 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
  • Soccer-Zola named coach for Italy Serie A side Cagliari, replacing Zemen

    ROME, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Gianfranco Zola will be the new coach of Serie A side Cagliari, replacing Dzenek Zemen, who was sacked this week after two wins in 16 matches left them in the relegation zone, the club said on Wednesday. "Welcome back, Gianfranco," the club said on its website announcing…

  • Soccer-Khedira would be happy to extend Real Madrid contract

    MADRID, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has indicated he would be happy to extend his contract with Real Madrid beyond June 2015 if an agreement can be reached. Khedira, whose season has been disrupted by injuries, is not a first-choice starter under coach Carlo Ancelotti, with…

  • Aston Villa-Swansea City Preview

    Both Swansea City and Aston Villa go into their Boxing Day clash at the Liberty Stadium on the back of strong results.

    The Associated Press
  • Rangers suffer new blow as SFA reject Ashley request

    Fallen Scottish giants Rangers suffered a fresh blow on Wednesday with the announcement by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) it has refused a request from the club to permit Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley to increase his shareholding. The SFA held the talks on Tuesday -- over Ashley…

  • Martinez will not waver from purist style

    LONDON (Reuters) - Everton manager Roberto Martinez's deeply-ingrained belief in how his teams should play football has earned the Spaniard many plaudits since starting out on his managerial journey in England. A fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season, when many believed Everton…

  • 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…

  • Heskey makes shock return with Bolton deal

    London (AFP) - Veteran former England international Emile Heskey is to make a surprise return to English football after agreeing a deal with Championship side Bolton.

  • Title not won in December, warns City's Pellegrini

    LONDON (Reuters) - Many Premier League managers highlight the importance of negotiating the hectic Christmas period, but Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini is in a relaxed mood with his side trailing leaders Chelsea by three points. Second-placed City, who have 39 points from 17 matches, begin the…

  • Soccer-UAE lose captain Khaseif for Asian Cup - report

    Dec 24 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates suffered a big blow to their Asian Cup preparations with captain Ali Khaseif missing next month's tournament in order to complete his national service, local media reported. The 27-year-old goalkeeper had originally been named in the travelling party but…

  • Holiday fixtures favor Man City over Chelsea in Premier League title race

    The holidays might not be so happy for first-place Chelsea, which faces a much tougher schedule than second-place Manchester City.

    FC Yahoo
  • Mendes, Heldon headline Cape Verde Nations Cup squad

    (Reuters) - Cape Verde coach Rui Aguas largely kept faith with the Nations Cup squad that played in South Africa two years ago when he named his selection on Tuesday for next year's finals. Sporting Lisbon's Heldon and Lille's Ryan Mendes are again the key players in a 23-man squad for the Jan.…

  • Soccer-United must maintain momentum, says de Gea

    LONDON, Dec 25 (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…