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Jan 13, 2013

Soccer-Dominant United and City beat pretend pretenders

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Premier League leaders Manchester United and second-placed champions Manchester City put former English heavyweights Liverpool and Arsenal firmly in their place on Sunday with United’s Robin van Persie again on song.

United sealed a needlessly nervy 2-1 home win over eighth-placed Liverpool to maintain their seven-point lead after Van Persie with a goal and Patrice Evra with two assists put rival Luis Suarez in the shade.

Jan 10, 2013

Soccer-Women’s game needs superstars to grow – Sawa

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Former world player of the year Homare Sawa, a sporting idol at home in Japan, wants more “superstars” in women’s soccer to help the game grow globally and build on the success of the London Olympics.

While Lionel Messi is recognised everywhere, even the very best women footballers are little known in large parts of the world.

Jan 9, 2013

Youthful Villa playing dangerous game

LONDON (Reuters) – Pioneers Aston Villa have put almost all their faith in young players this season but the bold policy is at risk of badly backfiring for the Premier League club after Tuesday’s defeat at fourth tier Bradford City.

The 3-1 reverse in their Capital One (League) Cup semi-final first leg was the latest in a string of woeful displays from the 1982 European champions and damage has been done even if they salvage a trip to Wembley in the January 22 second leg at home.

Jan 9, 2013

Soccer-Youthful Villa playing dangerous game

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Pioneers Aston Villa have put almost all their faith in young players this season but the bold policy is at risk of badly backfiring for the Premier League club after Tuesday’s defeat at fourth tier Bradford City.

The 3-1 reverse in their Capital One (League) Cup semi-final first leg was the latest in a string of woeful displays from the 1982 European champions and damage has been done even if they salvage a trip to Wembley in the Jan. 22 second leg at home.

Jan 1, 2013

Van Persie shines again as United march on

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Robin van Persie bagged a contrasting double in a 4-0 win at Wigan Athletic on Tuesday to hand Roberto Mancini another painful reminder of why he looks the difference in the title race.

Mancini’s Manchester City did their job by winning 3-0 at home to Stoke City but the Premier League champions remain seven points behind rivals United following Van Persie’s masterclass, with Tottenham Hotspur up to third after a 3-1 win over Reading.

Jan 1, 2013

Van Persie shines again as United march on

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Robin van Persie bagged a contrasting double in a 4-0 win at Wigan Athletic on Tuesday to hand Roberto Mancini another painful reminder of why he looks the difference in the title race.

Mancini’s Manchester City did their job by winning 3-0 at home to Stoke City but the Premier League champions remain seven points behind rivals United following Van Persie’s masterclass, with Tottenham Hotspur up to third after a 3-1 win over Reading.

Jan 1, 2013

Soccer-Van Persie shines again as United march on

LONDON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Robin van Persie bagged a contrasting double in a 4-0 win at Wigan Athletic on Tuesday to hand Roberto Mancini another painful reminder of why he looks the difference in the title race.

Mancini’s Manchester City did their job by winning 3-0 at home to Stoke City but the Premier League champions remain seven points behind rivals United following Van Persie’s masterclass, with Tottenham Hotspur up to third after a 3-1 win over Reading.

Jan 1, 2013

Soccer-Van Persie shines again as United march on

LONDON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Robin van Persie bagged a contrasting double in a 4-0 win at Wigan Athletic on Tuesday to hand Roberto Mancini another painful reminder of why he looks the difference in the title race.

Mancini’s Manchester City did their job by winning 3-0 at home to Stoke City but the Premier League champions remain seven points behind rivals United following Van Persie’s masterclass, with Tottenham Hotspur up to third after a 3-1 win over Reading.

Dec 29, 2012

Dzeko inspires City as United seal win

LONDON (Reuters) – Edin Dzeko shone to give 10-man Manchester City a battling 4-3 victory at Norwich City but leaders Manchester United also won as own goals and more controversial refereeing marked the last Saturday of 2012.

United maintained their seven-point advantage over City at the top of the Premier League after Gareth McAuley turned the ball into his own net and substitute Robin van Persie netted in a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at a sodden Old Trafford.

Dec 29, 2012

Soccer-Dzeko inspires City as United seal win

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Edin Dzeko shone to give 10-man Manchester City a battling 4-3 victory at Norwich City but leaders Manchester United also won as own goals and more controversial refereeing marked the last Saturday of 2012.

United maintained their seven-point advantage over City at the top of the Premier League after Gareth McAuley turned the ball into his own net and substitute Robin van Persie netted in a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at a sodden Old Trafford.