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Dec 20, 2014

Soccer-Former bricklayer Austin is QPR’s hat-trick hero

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – It is only a few years ago that Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin was working as a bricklayer and playing in English football’s minor leagues.

It was a world away from the glamour of the top flight where a hat-trick on Saturday rescued his relegation-threatened side, took his tally for the season to 11 league goals and prompted calls for him to be rewarded with an England call-up.

Dec 20, 2014

Sterling Silva gives strikerless City win over Palace

LONDON (Reuters) – David Silva came to the rescue of a strikerless Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace that drew them level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Silva eased an increasingly tense atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium when he broke the deadlock shortly after halftime and put an efficient victory to bed with his second goal shortly afterwards. Yaya Toure emphatically smashed home a late third.

Dec 20, 2014

Soccer-Sterling Silva gives strikerless City win over Palace

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – David Silva came to the rescue of a strikerless Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace that drew them level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Silva eased an increasingly tense atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium when he broke the deadlock shortly after halftime and put an efficient victory to bed with his second goal shortly afterwards. Yaya Toure emphatically smashed home a late third.

Dec 19, 2014

Major sporting upsets of 2014

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Five major sporting upsets in 2014:

1. Brazil suffer 7-1 World Cup humiliation against Germany

“Historic Disgrace” screamed the Folha de S.Paulo’s headline, as a shocked nation digested a 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany on home soil.

While many pundits had speculated that this Brazil side lacked the sparkle of previous vintages, nobody predicted they would suffer perhaps the greatest shame in their illustrious footballing past.

Dec 17, 2014

Soccer-Sterling shines for Liverpool, Spurs thump Newcastle

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling netted a sharply-taken double in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday to set up a League Cup semi-final with Chelsea as Tottenham Hotspur strolled into the last four with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle United.

Sterling, who wasted chances in the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday, looked a sharp-eyed goal-getter against second-tier opponents as he lifted the pressure on his manager Brendan Rodgers.

Dec 17, 2014

Spurs thump Newcastle, Sterling shines for Liverpool

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur strolled into the League Cup semi-finals with a 4-0 rout of Premier League rivals Newcastle United on Wednesday and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling netted a sharply-taken double in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado were on target for Spurs against Newcastle who conceded four times for the second match in succession after they were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal in north London on Saturday.

Dec 17, 2014

Soccer-Spurs thump Newcastle, Sterling shines for Liverpool

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur strolled into the League Cup semi-finals with a 4-0 rout of Premier League rivals Newcastle United on Wednesday and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling netted a sharply-taken double in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado were on target for Spurs against Newcastle who conceded four times for the second match in succession after they were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal in north London on Saturday.

Dec 16, 2014

Southampton cut down by Blades as Chelsea march on

LONDON (Reuters) – Southampton suffered an embarrassing 1-0 League Cup quarter-final defeat at third tier Sheffield United on Tuesday while Chelsea powered through with a 3-1 win at Derby County.

The sparkling early-season form shown by Southampton now seems but a distant memory after a second-half goal from Mark McNulty inflicted a fifth straight defeat on the Premier League club who were reduced to 10 men late on when Florin Gardos was sent off.

Dec 16, 2014

Soccer-Southampton cut down by Blades as Chelsea march on

LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Southampton suffered an embarrassing 1-0 League Cup quarter-final defeat at third tier Sheffield United on Tuesday while Chelsea powered through with a 3-1 win at Derby County.

The sparkling early-season form shown by Southampton now seems but a distant memory after a second-half goal from Mark McNulty inflicted a fifth straight defeat on the Premier League club who were reduced to 10 men late on when Florin Gardos was sent off.

Dec 12, 2014

Analysis – All change as United and Liverpool resume battle

LONDON (Reuters) – What a difference a year makes for Manchester United and Liverpool.

As the bitter rivals prepare to resume hostilities at Old Trafford on Sunday, a reversal in fortunes has taken place that barely seemed possible at this time last season.