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Jan 31, 2014

Tennis-Swiss lead Serbia, Spain trail Germans in Davis Cup

LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 2-0 lead over last year’s runners-up Serbia while injury-hit Spain trailed Germany by the same margin as the Davis Cup World Group first-round ties got underway on Friday.

Serbia fielded a second string team without world number two Novak Djokovic, two months after they lost to the Czech Republic in the final, and were quickly under pressure in Novi Sad.

Jan 29, 2014

Five-star City crush Spurs again, Chelsea stumble

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City enjoyed another goal glut against Tottenham Hotspur, winning 5-1 away to go top of the Premier League as Chelsea’s title ambitions were hit by a 0-0 home draw against West Ham United on Wednesday.

Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany were on target as City followed their 6-0 thrashing of Spurs in the reverse fixture with another thrilling exhibition of attacking football.

Jan 29, 2014

Soccer-Five-star City crush Spurs again, Chelsea stumble

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Manchester City scorched to the top of the Premier League with a ruthless 5-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur as Chelsea’s title ambitions were hit by a 0-0 home draw with West Ham United on Wednesday.

Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany were on target as City followed their 6-0 thrashing of Spurs in the reverse fixture this season with another thrilling exhibition of attacking football.

Jan 29, 2014

Arsenal held at Saints, Liverpool thrash Everton

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal’s wings were clipped in a 2-2 draw at Southampton as they missed a chance to soar four points clear in the Premier League title race while Liverpool thrashed Everton and Manchester United beat Cardiff on Tuesday.

With Manchester City and Chelsea playing on Wednesday, Arsenal could have stolen a march on their rivals but, like their team bus that was late arriving after getting stuck in traffic, they struggled to move out of second gear.

Jan 29, 2014

Soccer-Arsenal held at Saints, Liverpool thrash Everton

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Arsenal’s wings were clipped in a 2-2 draw at Southampton as they missed a chance to soar four points clear in the Premier League title race while Liverpool thrashed Everton and Manchester United beat Cardiff on Tuesday.

With Manchester City and Chelsea playing on Wednesday, Arsenal could have stolen a march on their rivals but, like their team bus that was late arriving after getting stuck in traffic, they struggled to move out of second gear.

Jan 28, 2014

Arsenal slip up, Liverpool rout Everton

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal missed a chance to go four points clear in the Premier League title race with a 2-2 draw at Southampton on Tuesday while Liverpool thrashed rivals Everton and Manchester United eased past Cardiff.

Arsenal’s team bus was late arriving at St Mary’s Stadium and their players struggled to get out of second gear with Jose Fonte and Adam Lallana scoring for the hosts either side of goals from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.

Jan 28, 2014

Soccer-Arsenal slip up, Liverpool rout Everton

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Arsenal missed a chance to go four points clear in the Premier League title race with a 2-2 draw at Southampton on Tuesday while Liverpool thrashed rivals Everton and Manchester United eased past Cardiff.

Arsenal’s team bus was late arriving at St Mary’s Stadium and their players struggled to get out of second gear with Jose Fonte and Adam Lallana scoring for the hosts either side of goals from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.

Jan 23, 2014

Anelka denies FA charge over “quenelle” gesture

LONDON (Reuters) – West Bromwich Albion forward Nicolas Anelka has denied an English FA charge regarding an alleged anti-Semitic gesture he made during last month’s 3-3 Premier League draw at West Ham United, his club said on Thursday.

The Frenchman, who made a “quenelle” salute after scoring his first goal in the match at Upton Park in London on December 28, has requested a personal hearing, the Midlands club added in a statement on their website (www.wba.co.uk).

Jan 23, 2014

Soccer-Anelka denies FA charge over “quenelle” gesture

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – West Bromwich Albion forward Nicolas Anelka has denied an English FA charge regarding an alleged anti-Semitic gesture he made during last month’s 3-3 Premier League draw at West Ham United, his club said on Thursday.

The Frenchman, who made a “quenelle” salute after scoring his first goal in the match at Upton Park in London on Dec. 28, has requested a personal hearing, the Midlands club added in a statement on their website (www.wba.co.uk).

Jan 16, 2014

Chelsea seek to end United’s title defence

LONDON (Reuters) – Riding the wave of a five-match winning streak, Chelsea face Manchester United on Sunday with a chance to reinforce their own Premier League credentials and read the last rites to their opponents’ title defence.

Jose Mourinho’s battles with Manchester United in his first stint as manager were frequently billed as decisive skirmishes in the title race, but this encounter will lack that extra edge.