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Dec 10, 2013

Soccer-Fixing not ‘big issue’ but we’ll learn from cricket, says FA’s Horne

LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Match-fixing and spot-fixing are not a “big issue” in English soccer despite six people being arrested as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation this week, according to Football Association general secretary Alex Horne.

Horne was one of several senior officials from various sports summoned to a meeting with the Department of Media Culture and Sport on Tuesday as the fall-out from a sting set up by The Sun on Sunday newspaper continued.

Dec 10, 2013

Mourinho says Chelsea outsiders for Champions League

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down his side’s chances of winning this season’s Champions League ahead of their final Group E match at home to Romanian club Steaua Bucharest.

Mourinho is bidding to win the competition for a third club, having taken Porto and Inter Milan all the way, but feels the Londoners who surprisingly won it in 2011 under Roberto Di Matteo are outsiders to reach the final in Lisbon.

Dec 10, 2013

Soccer-Mourinho says Chelsea outsiders for Champions League

LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down his side’s chances of winning this season’s Champions League ahead of their final Group E match at home to Romanian club Steaua Bucharest.

Mourinho is bidding to win the competition for a third club, having taken Porto and Inter Milan all the way, but feels the Londoners who surprisingly won it in 2011 under Roberto Di Matteo are outsiders to reach the final in Lisbon.

Dec 9, 2013

Blackburn striker Campbell arrested in spot-fixing probe

LONDON (Reuters) – Former English Premier League striker DJ Campbell has been arrested as part of a spot-fixing investigation, his club Blackburn Rovers said on Monday.

“Following reports in today’s national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested,” the Championship (second division) club said in a statement.

Dec 9, 2013

Soccer-Blackburn striker Campbell arrested in spot-fixing probe

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Former English Premier League striker DJ Campbell has been arrested as part of a spot-fixing investigation, his club Blackburn Rovers said on Monday.

“Following reports in today’s national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested,” the Championship (second division) club said in a statement.

Dec 8, 2013

Martinez urges patience with ‘unique talent’ Barkley

LONDON (Reuters) – With a World Cup looming and England searching for a new hero, Everton’s Ross Barkley appears to fit the bill although his club manager is warning against over-hyping the 20-year-old.

Barkley was outstanding in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday, producing a display of power, pace and awareness to earn the man-of-the-match award.

Dec 8, 2013

Soccer-Martinez urges patience with ‘unique talent’ Barkley

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – With a World Cup looming and England searching for a new hero, Everton’s Ross Barkley appears to fit the bill although his club manager is warning against over-hyping the 20-year-old.

Barkley was outstanding in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday, producing a display of power, pace and awareness to earn the man-of-the-match award.

Dec 8, 2013

Soccer-Arsenal frustrated by Deulofeu’s late equaliser

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Gerard Deulofeu’s late goal earned Everton a deserved 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday after Mesut Ozil’s strike seemed set to seal three points for the home side.

An absorbing clash which sizzled throughout caught fire in the closing stages as Ozil swept Arsenal in front from close range in the 80th minute and substitute Deulofeu fired a powerful shot past Wojciech Szczesny four minutes later.

Dec 8, 2013

Arsenal frustrated by Delofeu’s late equaliser

LONDON (Reuters) – Gerard Delofeu’s late goal earned Everton a deserved 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday after Mesut Ozil’s strike seemed set to seal three points for the home side.

An absorbing clash which sizzled throughout caught fire in the closing stages as Ozil swept Arsenal in front from close range in the 80th minute and substitute Delofeu fired a powerful shot past Wojciech Szczesny four minutes later.

Dec 3, 2013

Martinez’s Everton ready to make statement at Man Utd

LONDON (Reuters) – Roberto Martinez’s appointment as manager of Everton was almost overlooked amidst the fall-out of the club’s former boss David Moyes moving to Manchester United to replace Alex Ferguson.

Yet Everton travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday above them in the league and playing with a style and confidence which suggests they are realistic top-four contenders.