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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Hull City at Stamford Bridge in London December 13, 2014.         REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Gianfranco Zola (R) at Wembley Stadium in London May 27, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Spain's Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match between Australia and Spain at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Chelsea aim to deny rivals City any festive cheer

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Guinea to prepare in Morocco for Nations Cup

25 December 2014

CONAKRY (Reuters) - The national soccer team of Ebola-hit Guinea will prepare for next month’s African Nations Cup finals in Morocco, the country that decided not to host the tournament for fear of the spread of the deadly virus.

Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin reacts after missing a chance to score during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at Loftus Road in London November 8, 2014.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Redknapp confident QPR can stay up and keep Austin

24 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Queens Park Rangers' leading scorer Charlie Austin will not be sold in the January transfer window but his future depends on the club staying in the Premier League, manager Harry Redknapp said on Wednesday.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Hull City at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England October 25, 2014.      REUTERS/Phil Noble

Balotelli not suited to Liverpool's style, says Rodgers

24 December 2014

(Reuters) - Mario Balotelli will return to Liverpool's squad for the festive programme but manager Brendan Rodgers was hardly effusive in his praise of the Italy's striker's credentials on Wednesday.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley attends their English Premier League soccer match on Remembrance Sunday against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England November 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Darren Staples

SFA blocks Ashley's Rangers bid

24 December 2014

(Reuters) - Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's hopes of increasing his stake in Scottish second-tier club Rangers to 29.9 percent was blocked by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) on Wednesday.

Portugal's Fabio Coentrao (R) fights for the ball with the Cameroon's Alex Song during their international friendly soccer match at Leiria stadium March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Hugo Correia

Cameroon's Song left out of Nations Cup squad

24 December 2014

(Reuters) - Cameroon have left in-form West Ham United midfielder Alex Song out of their 23-man squad for next month's African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea which was named on Tuesday.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez watches before their English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in London November 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Martinez will not waver from purist style

24 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Everton manager Roberto Martinez's deeply-ingrained belief in how his teams should play football has earned the Spaniard many plaudits since starting out on his managerial journey in England.

Emir Spahic challenges  Eljero Elia (L) during a Bundesliga soccer match in Leverkusen September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Southampton sign Dutch winger Elia on loan from Bremen

24 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Southampton have agreed to sign Werder Bremen's Netherlands winger Eljero Elia on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira (L) and Toni Kroos attend a training session at Valdebebas training grounds, outside Madrid August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Khedira would be happy to extend Real Madrid contract

24 December 2014

MADRID (Reuters) - Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has indicated he would be happy to extend his contract with Real Madrid beyond June 2015 if an agreement can be reached.

Spain's national soccer team coach Vicente del Bosque attends a news conference at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris September 3, 2014.   REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Del Bosque upbeat despite year to forget for Spain

24 December 2014

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is feeling positive about 2015 despite the shock of failure at this year's World Cup and is confident he can successfully shepherd the team through qualification for Euro 2016.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor walks off the pitch after being shown a red card during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England December 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Darren Staples

Agbonlahor wins red card appeal

24 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has won his appeal against the red card he received during the Premier League match against Manchester United, the FA said on Tuesday.

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Results and Fixtures

Malaysian Football

AFF SUZUKI CUP

Final, first leg
Thailand 2 Malaysia 0

Final, second leg
Malaysia 3 Thailand 2 (Thailand won 4-3 on aggregate)

EPL Results & Standings

Stoke 0 Chelsea 2
Liverpool 2 Arsenal 2
Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1
Man City 3 Crystal Palace 0
Aston Villa 1 Man United 1
Hull 0 Swansea 1
QPR 3 West Brom 2
Southampton 3 Everton 0
Tottenham 2 Burnley 1
West Ham 2 Leicester 0


English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
Chelsea
17 25 42
Man City
17 22 39
Man Utd 17 12 32
West Ham 17 10 31
Southampton
17 15 29
Arsenal
17 9 27
Tottenham 17 -1 27
Swansea 17 3 25
Newcastle 17 -5 23
Liverpool 17 -3
22
Everton 17 0 21
Aston Villa 17 -10 20
Stoke City 17 -5 19
Sunderland 17 -9 19
West Brom 17 -6 17
QPR 17 -12 17
Crystal Palace 17 -8 15
Burnley 17 -14
15
Hull 17 -9 13
Leicester
17
-14 10
Golf

Dubai Open
Leading final round scores: 272: Arjun Atwal (Ind) 73-65-68-66; 273: Wang Jeung-hun (Kor) 71-67-68-67; 275: Simon Yates (Sco) 71-67-69-68; 276: Jake Higginbottom (Aus) 72-71-69-64, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 74-69-65-68; 277: Carlos Pigem (Spa) 70-73-68-66, Daisuke Kataoka (Jpn) 73-66-68-70, Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Tha) 68-72-67-70, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 71-69-67-70, Jbe Kruger (Rsa) 70-72-64-71; 278: Bryce Easton (Rsa) 69-71-69-69, Mo Joong-kyung (Kor) 70-71-68-69, Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) 69-69-69-71, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 71-66-69-72; 279: Unho Park (Aus) 75-68-69-67, Rattanon Wannasrichan (Tha) 75-70-67-67, Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Tha) 70-71-67-71, Darren Clarke (Nir) 72-71-64-72.

Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Friday, Dec 26
Chelsea v West Ham - 8.45pm
Burnley v Liverpool - 11pm
Crystal Palace v Southampton - 11pm
Everton v Stoke - 11pm
Leicester v Tottenham - 11pm
Man United v Newcastle - 11pm
Sunderland v Hull - 11pm
Swansea v Aston Villa - 11pm
West Brom v Man City - 11pm

Saturday, Dec 27
Arsenal v QPR - 1.30am**

Sunday, Dec 28
Tottenham v Man United - 8pm
Southampton v Chelsea - 10.05pm
Aston Villa v Sunderland - 11pm
Hull v Leicester - 11pm
Man City v Burnley - 11pm
QPR v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Stoke v West Brom - 11pm
West Ham v Arsenal - 11pm
Newcastle v Everton - 11pm

Tuesday, Dec 30
Liverpool v Swansea - 4am**

Thursday, Jan 1
Stoke v Man United - 8.45pm
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Hull v Everton - 11pm
Liverpool v Leicester - 11pm
Man City v Sunderland - 11pm
Newcastle v Burnley - 11pm
QPR v Swansea - 11pm
Southampton v Arsenal - 11pm
West Ham v West Brom - 11pm

Friday, Jan 2
Tottenham v Chelsea - 1.30am**

Saturday, Jan 10
Sunderland v Liverpool - 8.45pm
Burnley v QPR - 11pm
Chelsea v Newcastle - 11pm
Everton v Man City - 11pm
Leicester v Aston Villa - 11pm
Swansea v West Ham - 11pm
West Brom v Hull - 11pm

Sunday, Jan 11
Crytal Palace v Tottenham - 1.30am**
Arsenal v Stoke - 9.30pm
Man United v Southampton - 12mn

Saturday, Jan 17
Aston Villa v Liverpool - 11pm
Burnley v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Leicester v Stoke - 11pm
QPR v Man United - 11pm
Swansea v Chelsea - 11pm
Tottenham v Sunderland - 11pm

Sunday, Jan 18
Newcastle v Southampton - 1.30am**
West Ham v Hull - 9.30pm
Man City v Arsenal - 12mn

Tuesday, Jan 20
Everton v West Brom - 4am**

Saturday, Jan 31
Hull v Newxcastle - 8.45pm
Crystal Palace v Everton - 11pm
Liverpool v West Ham - 11pm
Man United v Leicester - 11pm
Stoke v QPR - 11pm
Sunderland v Burnley - 11pm
West Brom v Tottenham - 11pm

Sunday, Feb 1
Chelsea v Man City - 1.30am**
Arsenal v Aston Villa - 9.30pm
Southampton v Swansea - 12mn

** Denotes morning match

All matches in Malaysian time

UEFA Champions League

Last 16 draw

(First leg ties on Feb 17-18, 24-25; Second leg on March 10-11, 17-18)

Paris St Germain (Fra) vs Chelsea (Eng)
Manchester City (Eng) vs Barcelona (Spa)
Bayer Leverkusen (Ger) vs Atletico Madrid (Spa)
Juventus (Ita) vs Borussia Dortmund (Ger)
Schalke (Ger) vs Real Madrid (Spa)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr) vs Bayern Munich (Ger)
Arsenal (Eng) vs Monaco (Fra)
FC Basel (Swi) vs FC Porto (Por)

Other Football Results

Italian Super Cup
Juventus 2 Napoli 2 (Napoli win 6-5 on penalties)

Dutch Div 1: Vitesse Arnhem 3 Heracles 0, NAC Breda 0 Feyenoord 1, Excelsior 0 Ajax 2, FC Twente 3 Willem II 2.
Leading standings: 1. PSV Eindhoven 43, 2. Ajax 39, 3. Feyenoord 31, 4. FC Zwolle 29, 5. AZ Alkmaar 28.

French Div 1: Marseille 2 Lille 1, Saint-Etienne 3 Evian 0, Bordeaux 0 Lyon 5.
Leading standings: 1. Marseille 41, 2. Lyon 39, 3. Paris St Germain 38, 4. Saint-Etienne 36, 5. Monaco 32.

German Div 1: Hertha Berlin 0 Hoffenheim 5, Freiburg 2 Hanover 96 2.
Leading standings: 1. Bayern Munich 45, 2. Wolfsburg 34, 3. Bayer Leverkusen 28, 4. Borussia  Moenchengladbach 27, 4. Schalke 27.

Italian Serie A: Verona 0 Chievo 1, Atalanta 3 Palermo 3, Fiorentina 1 Empoli 1, Sampdoria 2 Udinese 2, Torino 2 Genoa 1, Inter Milan 2 Lazio 2.
Leading standings: 1. Juventus 39, 2. Roma 36, 3. Lazio 27, 4. Napoli 27, 5. Sampdoria 27.

Portuguese Premier League: Moreirense 1 Boavista 0, Arouca 1 Maritimo Funchal 0, Academica Coimbra 1 Penafiel 1, Benfica 1 Gil Vicente 0, Nacional 0 Sporting Lisbon 1.
Leading standings: 1. Benfica 37, 2. FC Porto 31, 3. Vitoria Guimaraes 28, 4. Sporting Lisbon 27, 5. Sporting Braga 25.

Scottish Premier League: Dundee United 2 Celtic 1.
Leading standings: 1. Celtic 38, 2. Dundee  United 34. 3. Aberdeen 34, 4. Hamilton Academical 33, 5. Inverness CT 32.

Spanish Div 1: Villarreal 3 Deportivo La Coruna 0, Granada 1 Getafe 1, Elche 1 Malaga 2, Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 4.
Leading standings: 1. Real Madrid 39, 2. Barcelona 38, 3. Atletico Madrid 32, 4. Valencia 31, 5. Villarreal 30.

Badminton

BWF WORLD SUPERSERIES FINALS

All final

Men’s singles: Chen Long (Chn) bt Hans Kristian-Vittinghus (Den) 21-16, 21-10.
Men's doubles: Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) bt Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) 19-21, 21-19, 21-16.
Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-17, 21-12.
Women’s doubles: Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) 21-17, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin (Chn) 21-15, 21-12.

Basketball

NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Chicago 99 Washington 91, Orlando 100 Boston 95, Indiana 96 New Orleans 84, Cleveland 125 Minnesota 104, Atlanta 107 LA Clippers 104, Philadelphia 91 Miami 87, Brooklyn 102 Denver 96, Portland 115 Oklahoma City 111 (OT), Charlotte 108 Milwaukee 101, Phoenix 124 Dallas 115, LA Lakers 115 Golden State 105.

Squash

WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Final: Nicol David (Mas) bt Raneem El Welily (Egy) 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 11-5.

IPT 1Malaysia Squash Circuit

MEN
Final: Ivan Yuen (UPM) bt Mohd Addeen Idrakie (UM) 11-8, 11-9, 11-8.
Third placing playoff: Mohd Amir Farhan (UPM) bt Shaun Kwan (Nilai) 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7.

WOMEN
Final: Zulhijjah Azan (UPM) bt Jadeleen Lee (Sunway) 11-3, 11-9, 11-3.
Third placing playoff: Ilya Kareena Ibrahim (UiTM) bt Sima Padbod (MAHSA) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

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Sports Calendar

December

Nov 22-Dec 20
Football: AFF Suzuki Cup
Singapore/Vietnam

Dec 1-6
Squash: Women’s World Team Championship
Niagara on the lake, Canada

Dec 2-4
Golf: USPGA Champions Tour - PNC Father-Son Challenge
Orlando, Florida 

Dec 3-7
Swimming: World Championships (short course)
Doha, Qatar

Dec 4-15
Bowling: World Bowling Championship 2014
Abu Dhabi

Dec 5-7
Track Cycling: World Cup
London 

Dec 8-13
Badminton: Yonex Grand Prix
California, USA

Dec 6-14
Hockey: Men’s Hero Hockey Champions Trophy
Bhubaneswar, India

Dec 12–19 
Squash: Women’s World Championship
Egypt

Dec 17-21
Badminton: BWF World Superseries Finals
Dubai

January 2015

ATHLETICS

Jan 2: Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, Japan
Jan 3: Xiamen International Marathon, China
Jan 18: Houston Marathon, USA
Jan 23: Dubai Marathon
Jan 25: Hong Kong Marathon; Osaka Women's Marathon, Japan
Jan 31: Karlsruhe-IAAF Indoor Meet, Germany

BADMINTON

Jan 13-18: Malaysia Masters, Kuching
Jan 15-18: Swedish Masters, Sweden
Jan 20-25: Syed Modi Championships, India
Jan 27-Feb 1: China International Challenge

BOWLING

Jan 2-11: Brunswick Ballmaster Open, Finland
Jan 11-18: Irish Open Championships, Dublin
Jan 15-26: Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, Thailand

CYCLING

Jan 17-25: Tour Down Under, Australia
Jan 17-18: Track Cycling World Cup, Colombia
Jan 29-Feb 1: New Zealand Cycle Classic

FOOTBALL

Jan 9-31: AFC Asian Cup, Australia
Jan 17-Feb 8: African Cup of Nations,Equatorial Guinea

GOLF

Jan 9-12: Tournament of Champions, Hawaii, USA
Jan 15-18: Sony Open, Hawaii, USA
Jan 22-25: Humana Challenge, California, USA
Jan 29-Feb 1: Phoenix Open, Arizona, USA

HOCKEY

Jan 17-25: World League Round 2 (Men), Singapore

MOTORSPORT

Jan 10: Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix, Argentina

SQUASH

Jan 2-6: British Junior Open, Sheffield, England
Jan 14-23: Tournament of Champions; New York, USA
Jan 21-26: Greenwich Open, Connecticut, USA
Jan 22-27: Motor City Open, Michigan, USA
Jan 27-Feb 1: Winnipeg Women's Open, Manitoba, Canada
Jan 29-Feb 3: Cleveland Classic, Ohio, USA

TENNIS

Jan 4-10: Hopman Cup, Perth, Australia
Jan 4-11: Brisbane International, Australia
Jan 5-11: Chennai Open, India
Jan 5-10: Qatar Open, Doha
Jan 12-17: Apia International Sydney, Australia
Jan 12-17: Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open, Melbourne

February 2015

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Feb 1: NFL Superbowl, Arizona, USA

ATHLETICS

Feb 1: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Moscow, Russia
Feb 7: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Boston, USA
Feb 19: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 21: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Birmingham, Britain
Feb 22: Tokyo Marathon, Japan

BADMINTON

Feb 18-21: Austrian Open, Vienna
Feb 24-March 1: German Open, Mulheim an der Ruhr

CRICKET

Feb 14-March 29: World Cup, Australia and New Zealand

CYCLING

Feb 18-22: World Track Championships, TBA

DIVING

Feb 20-22: Diving Grand Prix, Germany

FOOTBALL

Feb 3- Aug 5: Copa Libertadores, various locations
Feb 17-18: Champions League Round of 16 First Leg, various locations
Feb 24-25: Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg, various locations

GOLF

Feb 2-8: Farmers Insurance Open, California, USA
Feb 9-15: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, California, USA
Feb 23-March 1: The Honda Classic, Florida, USA

SQUASH

Feb 4-8: Delaware Open (Women), USA 
Feb 5-8: Swedish Open, Linkoping
Feb 24 - March 4: Windy City Open, Chicago, USA

TENNIS

Feb 2-8: Ecuador Open, Quito
Feb 2-8: Open Sud de France, Montpellier, France
Feb 2-8: Zagreb Indoors, Croatia
Feb 9-15: ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Holland
Feb 9-15: Brazil Open, Sao Paulo
Feb 9-15: Memphis Open, USA
Feb 9- Nov 15: Fed Cup, various locations
Feb 16-22: Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Feb 16-22: Delray Beach Open, USA
Feb 16-22: Open 13, Marseille, France
Feb 23-28: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, U.A.E
Feb 23-28: Mexico Open, Acapulco
Feb 23 - March 1: Argentina Open, Buenos Aires

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