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Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-Reading eye mighty upset of Cup holders Arsenal

LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – Championship strugglers Reading will have to produce one of the great FA Cup upsets to beat holders Arsenal in their semi-final at Wembley on Saturday and reach the final for the first time.

Arsenal, winners of 16 of their last 18 matches in all competitions and victorious over Reading in all 12 competitive meetings, will be overwhelming favourites to face Liverpool or Aston Villa in an all-Premier League final on May 30.

Apr 14, 2015

Analysis – City never recovered from January slump

LONDON (Reuters) – Joint leaders of the Premier League on New Year’s Day, the wheels started to come off Manchester City’s season during their 2-0 defeat by Arsenal in the middle of January – and they have never been the same since.

City had been challenging Chelsea at the top of the table and at the start of 2015, the two clubs had been separated only by alphabetical order.

Apr 14, 2015

Soccer-City never recovered from January slump

LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – Joint leaders of the Premier League on New Year’s Day, the wheels started to come off Manchester City’s season during their 2-0 defeat by Arsenal in the middle of January — and they have never been the same since.

City had been challenging Chelsea at the top of the table and at the start of 2015, the two clubs had been separated only by alphabetical order.

Apr 13, 2015

Clyne sidelined as big clubs hover around Saints defender

LONDON (Reuters) – The highs and lows of a footballer’s career were perfectly illustrated at the weekend when England’s newly-capped defender Nathaniel Clyne found himself sitting on Southampton’s bench for Saturday’s Premier League match against Hull City.

It was a reminder to Clyne that, despite playing his first four games for England this season as well impressing so much that Manchester United, Liverpool and his boyhood team Chelsea have all reportedly been linked with a move for him, he is still learning his trade.

Apr 13, 2015

Soccer-Clyne sidelined as big clubs hover around Saints defender

LONDON, April 13 (Reuters) – The highs and lows of a footballer’s career were perfectly illustrated at the weekend when England’s newly-capped defender Nathaniel Clyne found himself sitting on Southampton’s bench for Saturday’s Premier League match against Hull City.

It was a reminder to Clyne that, despite playing his first four games for England this season as well impressing so much that Manchester United, Liverpool and his boyhood team Chelsea have all reportedly been linked with a move for him, he is still learning his trade.

Apr 8, 2015

Sherwood returns to Tottenham seeking points to keep Villa up

LONDON (Reuters) – Two days after Tottenham Hotspur beat Aston Villa 3-0 in the final game of last season, Tim Sherwood’s outspoken, gilet-wielding five-month reign at White Hart Lane came to an end.

On Saturday, Sherwood heads back to Spurs, this time in the away dugout as his struggling Villa side battle to avoid Premier League relegation that would end 27 seasons in the top flight.

Apr 8, 2015

Soccer-Sherwood returns to Tottenham seeking points to keep Villa up

LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) – Two days after Tottenham Hotspur beat Aston Villa 3-0 in the final game of last season, Tim Sherwood’s outspoken, gilet-wielding five-month reign at White Hart Lane came to an end.

On Saturday, Sherwood heads back to Spurs, this time in the away dugout as his struggling Villa side battle to avoid Premier League relegation that would end 27 seasons in the top flight.

Apr 7, 2015

FA chairman Dyke returns gift watch to FIFA

LONDON (Reuters) – After nearly 10 months of legal wrangling, English FA chairman Greg Dyke has returned a 16,000-pound watch to FIFA and no longer faces disciplinary action for keeping it.

Dyke was one of 65 international officials who received the Parmigiani watches as presents from the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) before last year’s World Cup.

Apr 7, 2015

Soccer-FA chairman Dyke returns gift watch to FIFA

LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) – After nearly 10 months of legal wrangling, English FA chairman Greg Dyke has returned a 16,000-pound ($23,814) watch to FIFA and no longer faces disciplinary action for keeping it.

Dyke was one of 65 international officials who received the Parmigiani watches as presents from the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) before last year’s World Cup.

Apr 7, 2015

Manchester City’s title hopes in tatters after defeat at Crystal Palace

LONDON (Reuters) – Crystal Palace left Manchester City’s hopes of retaining their Premier League crown in tatters after a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park on Monday to leave Manuel Pellegrini’s side trailing a distant fourth in the title race.

The defeat kept City nine points behind leaders Chelsea and seemingly now in a battle to finish above Arsenal and Manchester United.