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  • VIDEO: Premier League title is Chelsea’s to lose

    The offseason signings of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa have worked wonders as Jose Mourinho’s men have only lost one match in all competitions this season.

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  • Soccer-Serbian Uros Matic to play for Macedonia

    SKOPJE, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Uros Matic, the brother of Chelsea and Serbia midfielder Nemanja, is set to play for Macedonia, the Balkan nation's FA president Ilco Georgioski said on Saturday. The 24-year old attacking midfielder, who played seven games for Serbia's Under-19s, visited the Macedonian…

  • Soccer-Torres will make loan move to Milan permanent next month

    (Adds details) LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Former Spain forward Fernando Torres' loan move from Chelsea to AC Milan will become a permanent transfer next month, the Premier League club said on Saturday. The news came as a complete surprise because Atletico Madrid assistant coach German Burgos said…

  • Crystal Palace fires manager Neil Warnock

    LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace fired Neil Warnock after only four months in charge on Saturday, becoming the first English Premier League manager to lose his job this season.

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  • Mourinho appeases 'crying' Chelsea players

    By Tony Jimenez LONDON (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 of…

  • Title rivals Chelsea and Man City pass West test

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (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 the…

  • Rampant Ronaldo looking to improve on outstanding 2014

    MADRID (Reuters) - Not content with four titles in 2014, including his second Champions League, prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make next year an even bigger success. Ronaldo netted 51 goals in 47 appearances last season, setting a record of 17 goals for one edition…

  • Lloris expected to be fit for United showdown

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino eased fears over Hugo Lloris's fitness by confirming the France goalkeeper was unharmed after a collision with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy. Lloris will be fit for Sunday's home match against Manchester United despite going down in an incident that brought…

  • 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…

  • Carrick targets title for surging United

    Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says the club should be aiming for a record-extending 21st English title rather than settling for a Champions League spot.

  • 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…

  • 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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  • Team News - Week 18

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

  • Soccer-Japan coach Aguirre denies match-fixing, calls for calm

    By Olivier Fabre TOKYO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Japan coach Javier Aguirre denied on Saturday any involvement in match-fixing in Spain and called for calm from the team's supporters during their Asian Cup defence. The Mexican was among 41 people named by Spain's anti-corruption prosecutor in court this…

  • 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…

  • Hibs dent Rangers title hopes with home hammering

    Edinburgh (AFP) - Hibernian secured their biggest victory over Rangers since 1912 as a turbulent week for the Glasgow giants ended in a 4-0 thrashing on Saturday.

  • Soccer-Di Maria ruled out for Manchester United

    LONDON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Manchester United will be without Angel Di Maria for Friday's home Premier League game against Newcastle United after the Argentine was injured in training. United said on their website that their record signing was injured during a Christmas Eve training session.…

  • 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…