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Costa, Terry lift Chelsea to victory

Dec 27, 2014

Costa, Terry lift Chelsea to victory

Chelsea and Manchester City kicked off the Premier League’s hectic festive schedule with commanding victories Friday to keep the title race finely poised, while Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool also won on a successful day for the country’s top teams. John Terry and Diego ...

Rodgers admits Balotelli ill-suited to Liverpool's style of play

Dec 26, 2014

Rodgers admits Balotelli ill-suited to Liverpool's style of play

Mario Balotelli will return to Liverpool’s squad for the festive program but manager Brendan Rodgers was hardly effusive in his praise of the Italy striker’s credentials on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Balotelli has struggled to make an impact at Anfield since his £16 million ($24.88 ...

Dec 26, 2014

FIFA to honor veteran journalist

Japanese soccer journalist Hiroshi Kagawa, who is still plying his trade at the age of 89, will become the first Japanese recipient of the FIFA Presidential Award, an informed source said Friday. The award will be presented next month in Zurich at FIFA’s Ballon ...

Dec 25, 2014

Man City hoping to keep Lampard

Manchester City’s attacking injury problems remain ahead of Friday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion, but manager Manuel Pellegrini expects better news concerning on-loan midfielder Frank Lampard before 2015 arrives. Lampard’s loan move from City’s sister club, New York City FC, in MLS is due ...

Mourinho has Chelsea primed for upcoming holiday slate

Dec 25, 2014

Mourinho has Chelsea primed for upcoming holiday slate

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants his players to show the world why they’re currently on top of the Premier League table when the Blues host West Ham United on Friday. Monday night’s 2-0 victory at Stoke City ensured Chelsea would be in first place ...

United manager van Gaal energized by Ferguson's support

Dec 24, 2014

United manager van Gaal energized by Ferguson's support

Louis van Gaal has revealed he feels pressure to succeed at Manchester United in order to repay Old Trafford legend Alex Ferguson for his generous support. Ferguson has given his backing to van Gaal in recent interviews, claiming the United manager can restore the ...

Dec 24, 2014

Hasebe stunned by Aguirre claims

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has admitted he “could not believe” the match-fixing allegations being leveled at national team coach Javier Aguirre, but said Wednesday the players must all pull in the same direction ahead of the Asian Cup. “We all have to move in ...

Dec 23, 2014

Players should maintain trust in Aguirre, says Nagatomo

Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo says he is unconcerned over the alleged involvement of Japan coach Javier Aguirre in a match-fixing scandal in Spain and says all the players can do is keep their faith in him. “All we have to do is trust ...

Terry, Fabregas score as Chelsea blanks Stoke

Dec 23, 2014

Terry, Fabregas score as Chelsea blanks Stoke

John Terry scored his first league goal of the season to help Chelsea beat Stoke City 2-0 Monday night and restore its three-point lead atop the Premier League. Terry put his side ahead in just the second minute with a powerful header from a ...

Kagawa steers clear of questions about manager Aguirre

Dec 22, 2014

Kagawa steers clear of questions about manager Aguirre

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa refused to comment on the match-fixing scandal engulfing Japan coach Javier Aguirre as he arrived back in Japan on Monday to prepare for the Asian Cup. Kagawa signed autographs for fans at Tokyo’s Haneda airport but would not respond ...

Skrtel rescues point for Liverpool

Dec 22, 2014

Skrtel rescues point for Liverpool

Martin Skrtel powered home a header deep into stoppage time to earn 10-man Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. In the seventh of nine minutes of injury time, Skrtel leaped high to head a rightwing corner from Adam ...