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English Premier League: Liverpool extend unbeaten run to five games

OFF THE MARK-OVIC: Markovic opened his account for the Reds in their 1-0 win over the Black Cats, scoring his first Premier League goal since his £20 million transfer from Benfica last summer. PHOTO: AFP

SUNDERLAND:(AFP) Serbian Lazar Markovic claimed his first Premier League goal as Liverpool continued their recent upturn in results with a deserved 1-0 win at struggling Sunderland on Saturday.  The £20 million close-season signing from Benfica scored the only goal in the ninth minute to consolidate Brendan Rodgers’s side in eighth ...

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Pakistan Premier League (PPFL) top scorer eyes short-term contract in Africa

rasool-Pakistan Premier League (PPFL)

KARACHI: Chitral-based striker Muhammad Rasool is not only the top scorer at the Pakistan Premier League (PPFL) with 22 goals in 20 games this season, but has also caught the eye of the clubs in Ghana and Zimbabwe, with offers coming in for the K-Electric member to play for them. The ...

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Prince Ali bin Al Hussein FIFA bid doomed, say Asia chiefs

Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad predicted Prince Ali would struggle to win 10 to 15 percent of the votes.

MELBOURNE (AFP) – Asia s top sports leaders on Friday refused to back Prince Ali bin Al Hussein s election challenge to FIFA president Sepp Blatter and insisted it was doomed to failure. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa told AFP there would be no about-turn on ...

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Gerrard to begin farewells in historic Wimbledon Cup tie

Steven Gerrard

London (AFP) – Steven Gerrard will begin his farewell tour of English football on Monday when Liverpool visit fourth-tier AFC Wimbledon for an FA Cup third-round tie rich in historical significance. Recalling as it does the 1988 final, when the original Wimbledon stunned league champions Liverpool 1-0, the match was ...

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Mourinho says sorry for referee criticism

Mourinho complained recently that his players were the victims of a "clear campaign".

LONDON, (AFP) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has apologised for criticising referee Kevin Friend in the aftermath of his side s 3-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup at the weekend. Mourinho complained in a television interview that his side should have been awarded a penalty in the build-up to ...

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Valencia end Real Madrid’s 22-match winning run

Valencia came from behind to beat Real Madrid 2-1 and blow the La Liga title race wide open.

MADRID (AFP) – Valencia came from behind to snap Real Madrid s winning streak at 22 games and blow the La Liga title race wide open with a 2-1 win at Mestalla on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo s first-half penalty had the visitors on course for a four-point lead at the top, but ...

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Chelsea cruise into FA Cup fourth round

Chelsea beat Watford 3-0 on Sunday and booked their spot in the FA Cup fourth round.

LONDON (AFP) – Chelsea showed their superiority to cruise past Championship side Watford with a 3-0 victory on Sunday and book their spot in the FA Cup fourth round. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had warned that the punishing festive fixture schedule could leave his side vulnerable to a giant-killing, but ...

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Herrera, Di Maria give Manchester United FA Cup win

Herrera, Di Maria give Manchester United FA Cup win

YEOVIL (AFP) – Manchester United started their FA Cup campaign with a hard-fought 2-0 victory away to third-tier Yeovil Town at Huish Park in the third round on Sunday.   United have not won this competition since 2004, but sealed their place in Monday s fourth-round draw thanks to Ander Herrera s ...

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