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Mar 13, 2014

Soccer-Liverpool chomping at the bit for United clash, says Rodgers

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – Sunday’s north-west derby with arch-rivals Manchester United cannot come fast enough for Liverpool, according to manager Brendan Rodgers, whose side will start as favourites.

Four consecutive victories have propelled Liverpool into second place in the Premier League, seven points behind Chelsea with a game in hand, if they make it five at Old Trafford, talk of a first English title since 1990 will look realistic.

Mar 13, 2014

Another trophy bites the dust as reality bites for City

LONDON (Reuters) – A few weeks ago, talk of an unprecedented Manchester City quadruple was doing the rounds with Manuel Pellegrini’s side in seemingly unstoppable form on all fronts.

After Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League last 16 defeat in Barcelona, which sealed a 4-1 aggregate loss, the dream of a bumper springtime bounty for City is fading before their eyes.

Mar 13, 2014

Soccer-Another trophy bites the dust as reality bites for City

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – A few weeks ago, talk of an unprecedented Manchester City quadruple was doing the rounds with Manuel Pellegrini’s side in seemingly unstoppable form on all fronts.

After Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League last 16 defeat in Barcelona, which sealed a 4-1 aggregate loss, the dream of a bumper springtime bounty for City is fading before their eyes.

Mar 12, 2014

King says WTA Tour needs more female coaches

LONDON (Reuters) – Top female tennis players may be doing themselves a disservice by hiring male coaches instead of women, according to former great Billie Jean King.

The American said she was baffled why players on the WTA Tour are never tempted to break the mould and tap into the vast knowledge of the likes of Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert or even herself for that matter.

Mar 12, 2014

Tennis-King says WTA Tour needs more female coaches

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Top female tennis players may be doing themselves a disservice by hiring male coaches instead of women, according to former great Billie Jean King.

The American said she was baffled why players on the WTA Tour are never tempted to break the mould and tap into the vast knowledge of the likes of Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert or even herself for that matter.

Mar 12, 2014

Ozil’s vanishing act a real worry for Arsenal

LONDON (Reuters) – When Arsenal paid a club record 42 million pounds ($69.84 million) for Mesut Ozil last August it was with nights like Tuesday in Munich in mind.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie against holders Bayern, it was the perfect stage for Germany playmaker Ozil to deliver a grandstand performance.

Mar 12, 2014

Soccer-Ozil’s vanishing act a real worry for Arsenal

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – When Arsenal paid a club record 42 million pounds ($69.84 million) for Mesut Ozil last August it was with nights like Tuesday in Munich in mind.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie against holders Bayern, it was the perfect stage for Germany playmaker Ozil to deliver a grandstand performance.

Mar 11, 2014

Newcastle’s Pardew banned for seven games for head-butt

LONDON (Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will be banned from the touchline for seven matches following his head-butt on Hull City’s David Meyler, the Football Association said on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old, who had already admitted a misconduct charge prior to Tuesday’s personal FA hearing, will be banished from stadiums for the first three matches and he will be barred from the touchline for the remaining four.

Mar 11, 2014

Soccer-Newcastle’s Pardew banned for seven games for head-butt

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will be banned from the touchline for seven matches following his head-butt on Hull City’s David Meyler, the Football Association said on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old, who had already admitted a misconduct charge prior to Tuesday’s personal FA hearing, will be banished from stadiums for the first three matches and he will be barred from the touchline for the remaining four.

Mar 6, 2014

Chelsea primed to steal a march on title rivals

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea have a gilt-edged opportunity to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League this weekend and there is nothing their main title rivals can do about it.

With second-placed Liverpool having a week off and Arsenal and Manchester City in FA Cup action, all the chasers can do is hope Tottenham Hotspur can end one of the longest jinx’s in English football and upset the odds at Stamford Bridge.