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  • Ronaldo committed to seeing out Real contract

    Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo is staying at Real Madrid for at least another two years, the forward said on Monday. In a light-hearted interview he dampened incessant transfer rumours linking him with a switch to either big-spending Paris Saint-Germain or former club Manchester United. After…

    AFP32 mins ago
  • It's now or never for Leicester in this odds-defying season

    Just gatecrashing the Premier League's top-four to gain access to Champions League riches seemed an impossible feat for aspirational sides. After 25 games it still seems unfathomable to have to delve into the lower reaches of the standings to find Chelsea in 13th place from where the defending…

    The Associated Press43 mins ago
  • Robben welcomes Ribery's return to Bayern training

    Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich need Franck Ribery back to full fitness after the French winger returned to training on Monday following a two-month break for his latest injury. The 32-year-old Ribery endured a miserable 2015 and tore a thigh muscle in mid-December in just his second game back…

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  • Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery returns to training

    MUNICH (AP) -- Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has completed his first full team training since a right thigh muscle injury put him out for two months.

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  • Ailing Liverpool face West Ham test in FA Cup

    With a convalescing manager, mounting injuries and fans in revolt against the club's hierarchy, Liverpool's preparations for Tuesday's FA Cup replay at West Ham United have been less than ideal. A bout of appendicitis caused manager Jurgen Klopp to miss Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland,…

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  • Di Maria fires unbeaten PSG past Marseille

    Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 2-1 on Sunday to extend their record unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to 34 matches as the hosts remained unable to solve their home woes. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his league-leading 21st goal of the season to give PSG the lead inside two minutes at the…

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  • Chelsea, Man United in 2nd stalemate; Arsenal rises to 3rd

    A second stalemate of the season between Chelsea and Manchester United saw the fallen powers slip further from relevance in this unusual Premier League season. The 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge did little to help either team on Sunday, which began by Arsenal beating Bournemouth 2-0 to rise to third.…

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  • Barcelona ties all-time club record of 28 games without loss

    Barcelona did just enough to defeat last-place Levante 2-0 on Sunday and tie its all-time record of 28 consecutive games without a loss. Barcelona took the lead with an own goal by Levante defender David Navarro in the 21st minute and sealed the victory with an injury-time score by Luis Suarez to…

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  • Napoli and Juventus record narrow wins to remain 1st and 2nd

    Napoli and Juventus both recorded narrow victories against relegation-threatened sides to remain first and second in Serie A on Sunday ahead of their showdown in Turin next weekend. Second-place Juventus, which beat Frosinone 2-0, appeared to be on the verge of moving level at the top when Juan…

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  • Costa rescues Chelsea, Arsenal bounce back

    Diego Costa snaffled a stoppage-time equaliser to preserve interim manager Guus Hiddink's unbeaten record as Chelsea snatched a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United on Sunday. United looked to be closing to within four points of the Premier League's top four after Jesse Lingard's 61st-minute goal…

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  • Hamburg stop rot as Mueller rescues point against Cologne

    Hamburg broke their run of three successive Bundesliga defeats with a 1-1 draw at home to Cologne on Sunday on a weekend of stalemates for Germany's top sides. After defeats to Augsburg, Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart, Hamburg stopped the rot as striker Nicolai Mueller's second-half equaliser…

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  • Costa and Chelsea keep heat on Van Gaal

    Diego Costa pounced in stoppage time as Chelsea nipped Manchester United's mini-revival in the bud with a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday. Jesse Lingard's smartly taken 61st-minute strike at a rainy Stamford Bridge had set United on course for a third straight win, which would have lifted…

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  • Wolfsburg coach Hecking cracks whip with team in freefall

    Wolfsburg's coach Dieter Hecking cracked the whip on Sunday with his team in Bundesliga free-fall since knocking Manchester United out of Europe and their Champions League clash at Ghent just 10 days away. Wolfsburg booked their place in the Champions League's last 16 as group winners with an…

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  • Iniesta says 'unspectacular' Barca still too good

    Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta admitted the European champions were far from their brilliant best despite taking another step towards retaining their La Liga title with a 2-0 win at bottom of the table Levante on Sunday. David Navarro's first-half own goal and Luis Suarez's 36th goal of the…

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  • Van Gaal dismisses Mourinho-Man Utd reports

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dismissed reports that the club have approached Jose Mourinho about succeeding him at Old Trafford, in comments published by British newspapers on Sunday. The BBC and regional newspaper the Manchester Evening News reported on Friday that United have…

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  • Giaccherini dents Fiorentina title hopes

    Former Sunderland striker Emanuele Giaccherini dented 10-man Fiorentina's Serie A title hopes in a 1-1 draw with Bologna, as Genoa's relegation fight was kept in check by a scoreless draw with Lazio. Fiorentina, whose last 'scudetto' came in 1969, were firmly among the title contenders in Italy's…

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  • Fiorentina fails to keep up pressure on leaders after draw

    Fiorentina failed to keep up the pressure on the top two in Serie A as it was held at Bologna to 1-1 after midfielder Mati Fernandez was sent off early in the second half on Saturday. Fiorentina remained third, seven points behind Napoli and five behind Juventus. Inter Milan can leapfrog…

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