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Dec 23, 2013

Arsenal and Chelsea serve up bleak midwinter draw

LONDON (Reuters) – A fixture billed as a pre-Christmas cracker was more In the Bleak Midwinter than Jingle Bell Rock as Arsenal’s hopes of regaining top spot in the Premier League fizzled out in a turgid 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

Nine days after losing 6-3 at Manchester City and having seen their title rivals steal a march on them at the weekend, Arsenal found themselves stifled by a defensive Chelsea side and hardly managed a shot on target.

Dec 23, 2013

Soccer-Arsenal and Chelsea serve up bleak midwinter draw

LONDON, Dec 23 (Reuters) – A fixture billed as a pre-Christmas cracker was more In the Bleak Midwinter than Jingle Bell Rock as Arsenal’s hopes of regaining top spot in the Premier League fizzled out in a turgid 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

Nine days after losing 6-3 at Manchester City and having seen their title rivals steal a march on them at the weekend, Arsenal found themselves stifled by a defensive Chelsea side and hardly managed a shot on target.

Dec 20, 2013

Season of goodwill? Not for England’s unloved managers

LONDON (Reuters) – Christmas is still a few days away but already Premier League managers are piling up on the scrapheap like unloved toys.

Less than a week after Tottenham Hotspur axed Andre Villas-Boas and West Bromwich Albion sent Steve Clarke packing, Cardiff City’s Malky Mackay had on Friday reportedly been told by Malaysian owner Vincent Tan to resign or be sacked.

Dec 20, 2013

Soccer-Season of goodwill? Not for England’s unloved managers

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Christmas is still a few days away but already Premier League managers are piling up on the scrapheap like unloved toys.

Less than a week after Tottenham Hotspur axed Andre Villas-Boas and West Bromwich Albion sent Steve Clarke packing, Cardiff City’s Malky Mackay had on Friday reportedly been told by Malaysian owner Vincent Tan to resign or be sacked.

Dec 19, 2013

Alcott set to reach Sochi the hard way

LONDON (Reuters) – British skier Chemmy Alcott trains so hard that she can barely crawl out of the gym – a sacrifice the 31-year-old makes as she faces a race against time to make the Sochi Olympics after re-breaking her right leg in August.

Now with what she describes as a “nail through the bone marrow from the ankle to the knee” inserted in her battle-scarred limb, Alcott says she is winning her battle to be at the start gate in Russia.

Dec 19, 2013

Alpine skiing-Alcott set to reach Sochi the hard way

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – British skier Chemmy Alcott trains so hard that she can barely crawl out of the gym – a sacrifice the 31-year-old makes as she faces a race against time to make the Sochi Olympics after re-breaking her right leg in August.

Now with what she describes as a “nail through the bone marrow from the ankle to the knee” inserted in her battle-scarred limb, Alcott says she is winning her battle to be at the start gate in Russia.

Dec 18, 2013

Old rivalries resume as Djokovic hires Becker

By Martyn Herman

(Reuters) – Boris Becker once shared a bitter rivalry with Ivan Lendl across the net and now the two former world number ones will try to outwit each other from courtside after the German’s shock appointment as coach to Novak Djokovic.

After Djokovic was named ITF World Champion for 2013, despite being overshadowed by Spain’s Rafa Nadal, Serbia’s world number two announced the first shake-up of his team since a short and unsuccessful spell with Todd Martin in 2009.

Dec 18, 2013

Tennis-Old rivalries resume as Djokovic hires Becker

Dec 18 (Reuters) – Boris Becker once shared a bitter rivalry with Ivan Lendl across the net and now the two former world number ones will try to outwit each other from courtside after the German’s shock appointment as coach to Novak Djokovic.

After Djokovic was named ITF World Champion for 2013, despite being overshadowed by Spain’s Rafa Nadal, Serbia’s world number two announced the first shake-up of his team since a short and unsuccessful spell with Todd Martin in 2009.

Dec 17, 2013

English fans relish festive feast as Europe shuts down

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia manager Fabio Capello believes Christmas-time demands on players are crackers but for most people in England an extra large portion of festive football is as traditional as turkey and mince pies.

While most of Europe’s top leagues take a mini-break at the end of the year, or a longer one if you play in Germany, English fixtures pile up like discarded gift wrapping paper.

Dec 17, 2013

Soccer-English fans relish festive feast as Europe shuts down

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Russia manager Fabio Capello believes Christmas-time demands on players are crackers but for most people in England an extra large portion of festive football is as traditional as turkey and mince pies.

While most of Europe’s top leagues take a mini-break at the end of the year, or a longer one if you play in Germany, English fixtures pile up like discarded gift wrapping paper.