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Jan 2, 2015

Iron-willed Gerrard among Liverpool’s greatest

LONDON (Reuters) – It is testament to Steven Gerrard’s ability that his Liverpool career will be remembered for heroic acts of willpower that ensured no deficit was irretrievable and no opponent unbeatable, rather than the league title that eluded him.

There was surprise when he announced on Friday that this season would be his last at Anfield after nearly 17 years in which his ability to wrestle victory from the jaws of defeat made him one of the finest players in the club’s history.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-Iron-willed Gerrard among Liverpool’s greatest

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – It is testament to Steven Gerrard’s ability that his Liverpool career will be remembered for heroic acts of willpower that ensured no deficit was irretrievable and no opponent unbeatable, rather than the league title that eluded him.

There was surprise when he announced on Friday that this season would be his last at Anfield after nearly 17 years in which his ability to wrestle victory from the jaws of defeat made him one of the finest players in the club’s history.

Dec 30, 2014

Major sporting upsets of 2014

LONDON, Dec 30 (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 20, 2014

Former bricklayer Austin is QPR’s hat-trick hero

LONDON (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

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.