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Head of the FIFA Inspection Group Harold Mayne-Nicholls speaks to the media during a soccer World Cup 2018 bid event at Manchester Central, northern England August 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Nigel Roddis
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates with team mates after their team scored their second goal during their Club World Cup final football match against San Lorenzo at the Marrakech stadium, December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

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South Korea's head coach Uli Stielike looks on before a friendly soccer match against Paraguay at Cheonan Sports Complex in Cheonan October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea light on strikers for Asian Cup

22 December 2014

SEOUL (Reuters) - There was no place for experienced forwards Park Chu-young, Kim Shin-wook or Lee Dong-gook in South Korea's squad for the upcoming Asian Cup as coach Uli Stielike went with just three out-and-out strikers for the Jan. 9-31 tournament in Australia.

European roundup-City and Barca turn heat up on leaders

22 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City's David Silva struck twice as they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 to join Chelsea at the top of the Premier League this weekend while Lionel Messi's double helped Barcelona to a 5-0 La Liga win over Cordoba.

Rangers' manager Ally McCoist gestures during their Scottish Third Division football match against Stirling Albion at Ibrox stadium in Glasgow, Scotland March 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Moir

Rangers manager McCoist leaves club

22 December 2014

(Reuters) - Manager Ally McCoist, who guided Rangers through the most turbulent period in their history, has gone on "gardening leave" for the rest of his contract.

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (2nd L) scores a goal against Arsenal during their English Premier League football match at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England December 21, 2014.       REUTERS/Phil Noble

Skrtel rescues Liverpool, Sunderland win derby

22 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool's heavily-bandaged Martin Skrtel headed a goal deep in stoppage time to spared them another deflating Premier League defeat as they snatched a 2-2 home draw with Arsenal on Sunday.

Liverpool can still be in top four mix, says Rodgers

22 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool can still finish in the Premier League's top four and claim a place in next season's Champions League, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Sunday after a 2-2 home draw with Arsenal.

Ajax leave it late to polish off struggling Excelsior

22 December 2014

AMSTERDAM, Dec 21 (Reuters) - - Ajax Amsterdam, still smarting from a shock 4-0 Dutch Cup thrashing by Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday, left it late before finally easing past struggling Excelsior 2-0 in the league on Sunday.

Gabbiadini header rescues a point for Sampdoria

22 December 2014

ROME (Reuters) - Manolo Gabbiadini, who is expected to leave Sampdoria next month, grabbed the equaliser in a 2-2 home draw with Udinese on Sunday that lifted his team up to fourth in Serie A.

Pardew creates unwanted history in Newcastle defeat

22 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Alan Pardew suffered the ignominy of becoming the first Newcastle United manager to lose four successive Tyne-Wear derbies against Sunderland after Adam Johnson's late goal subjected his team to more misery against their arch-rivals.

Villarreal beat Deportivo 3-0 with Vietto double

22 December 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - In-form Luciano Vietto hit two second half goals as Villarreal, down to 10 men for the final 10 minutes, cruised to a 3-0 home victory over Deportivo La Coruna to go fifth in La Liga on Sunday.

Sunderland's Adam Johnson celebrates after scoring a goal against Newcastle during their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park in Newcastle, northern England December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Johnson strikes late to earn Sunderland derby win

22 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Adam Johnson's late winner earned Sunderland a 1-0 victory over his boyhood team Newcastle United in a riveting Premier League Tyne-Wear derby at St James Park on Sunday.

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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

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
16 23 39
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 16 -3 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

Tuesday, Dec 23
Stoke v Chelsea - 4am**

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**

** 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

World Club Cup
Final: Real Madrid 2 San Lorenzo 0.

Dutch Div 1: Cambuur 2 Zwolle 1, Dordrecht 1 Groningen 1, PSV Eindhoven 5 Go Ahead Eagles 0, AZ Alkmaar 0 Utrecht 3.
Leading standings: 1. PSV Eindhoven 43, 2. Ajax 36, 3. FC Zwolle 29, 4. AZ Alkmaar 28, 5. Feyenoord 28.

French Div 1: Paris St Germain 0 Montpellier 0, Caen 1 Bastia 1, Lorient 1 Nantes 2, Metz 0 Monaco 1, Rennes 1 Reims 3, Toulouse 1 Guingamp 1.
Leading standings: 1. Marseille 38, 2. Paris St Germain 38, 3. Lyon 36, 4. Saint-Etienne 33, 5. Monaco                32.

German Div 1: Schalke 0 Hamburg 0, Bayer Leverkusen 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 1, Augsburg 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach 1, Werder Bremen 2 Borussia Dortmund 1, VfB Stuttgart 0 Paderborn 0, VfL Wolfsburg 2 Cologne 1.
Leading standings: 1. Bayern  Munich 45, 2. Wolfsburg 34, 3. Bayer Leverkusen 28, 4. Borussia  Moenchengladbach 27, 4. Schalke 27.

Italian Serie A: Sassuolo 1 Cesena 1, Roma 0 AC Milan 0.
Leading standings: 1. Juventus 39, 2. Roma 36, 3. Napoli 27, 4. Lazio 26, 5. Sampdoria 26.

Portuguese Premier League: Estoril 1 Vitoria Guimaraes 0.
Leading standings: 1. Benfica 34, 2. FC Porto 31, 3. Vitoria Guimaraes 28, 4. Sporting Braga 25, 5. Sporting Lisbon 24.

Scottish Premier League: Aberdeen 1 Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 1 Dundee 1, Ross County 0 Hamilton Academical 1, St Johnstone 1 Inverness CT 0, St Mirren 0 Motherwell 1.
Leading standings: 1. Celtic 38, 2. Aberdeen 34, 3. Hamilton Academical 33, 4. Inverness CT 32, 5. Dundee  United 31.

Scottish Championship: Dumbarton 0 Falkirk 3, Hearts 2 Alloa 0, Queen of the South 1 Cowdenbeath 2, Raith 1 Hibernian 3, Rangers 2 Livingston 0.
Leading standings: 1. Hearts 44, 2. Rangers 35, 3. Hibernian 28, 4. Queen of the South 28, 5. Falkirk 26.

Spanish Div 1: Barcelona 5 Cordoba 0, Levante 1 Real Sociedad 1, Eibar 0 Valencia 1, Rayo Vallecano 1 Espanyol 3.
Leading standings: 1. Real Madrid 39, 2. Barcelona 38, 3. Atletico Madrid 32, 4. Valencia 31, 5. Sevilla 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

Dallas 99 San Antonio 93, Phoenix 99 New York 90, Portland 114 New Orleans 88, Charlotte 104 Utah 86, Atlanta 104 Houston 97, Denver 76 Indiana 73, LA Clippers 106 Milwaukee 102.

AGONG CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Men's final: Malacca 76 Police 69.
Third-placing: Sarawak 75 KL 51.

Women's final: Selangor 46 Johor 43.
Third placing: KL 62 Malacca 48.

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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