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Football 25 Jan 2015 | 5:13 AM

Bradford and Middlesbrough upset the odds big time

LONDON (Reuters) - The odds of Chelsea and Manchester City going out to lower division opposition in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday was 285-1 but one punter foresaw one of the most astounding days in the competition's long history.

Tennis 16 Jan 2015 | 8:22 PM

Tired, frustrated, patchy Serena still favourite

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams' Australian Open preparations included smashing a racquet in frustration, complaining of fatigue and losing to players she had never lost to before, yet she is still the favourite to claim her sixth title at Melbourne Park.

Football 17 Jan 2015 | 1:27 AM

Saints on the road again as Forster travels home

SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Southampton's high-flying footballers will have travelled some 1,500 miles in a week by Sunday, but midfielder Steven Davis says he'd have it no other way, ahead of Saturday's trip to Newcastle.

Football 08 Jan 2015 | 10:22 PM

Bale's form raising concern at Real Madrid

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti remains loyal to off-form Gareth Bale despite criticism during the team's poor start to 2015 but needs the Welshman to return to his swashbuckling best.

Badminton 11 May 2015 | 8:07 PM

Plucky Germany stage fight back in Sudirman Cup

DONGGUAN: For a nation more famous for football, Germany are on the verge of making the knockout stages in the Sudirman Cup for a second successive year.

Football 08 Jan 2015 | 2:32 AM

Luis Enrique slams reports of bust-up with Messi

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has described reports of a bust-up with Lionel Messi as "inaccurate and ill-intentioned" and said he has the backing of all the players in his squad.

Football 07 Jan 2015 | 8:02 PM

Luis Enrique future hinging on healing Messi rift

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Senior members of Barcelona's squad met with Lionel Messi on Wednesday to discuss the Argentine's dissatisfaction with coach Luis Enrique, hoping to prevent their bust-up undermining the club's bid for trophies.

Football 16 Jan 2015 | 2:12 AM

Troubled Santos face uncertain future

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Santos, the fabled Brazilian club which gave the world Pele, Robinho and Neymar, are facing an uncertain future after mounting financial problems prompted several top players to leave.

Football 12 Apr 2015 | 8:32 AM

Real close gap after Barca let 2-0 lead slip

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga was cut to two points on Saturday as they squandered a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2 at Sevilla while Real Madrid powered their way to a 3-0 home win over Eibar.

Football 29 Jan 2015 | 7:37 PM

Vultures circling as crisis clubs Milan and Parma meet

MILAN (Reuters) - Parma coach Roberto Donadoni says the vultures are circling his stricken Serie A side but he has no intention of resigning.