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Swimming 27 Jan 2015 | 11:12 AM

China's anti-graft unit tells sports to play fair, drop gold medal fever

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's sports regulator has pledged to drop the nation's obsession with gold medals after the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog warned of the damaging extent of match-fixing and cheating in sports.

Football 26 Jan 2015 | 7:42 PM

Liverpool's Sturridge could return against Chelsea - Rodgers

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could make his long-awaited return from injury in their League Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, manager Brendan Rodgers said.

Football 25 Jan 2015 | 8:32 AM

Ronaldo off in Real win as Barca hit six

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for kicking out at an opponent but Real Madrid still beat Cordoba 2-1 away on Saturday while Barcelona kept on their heels with a 6-0 romp at Elche.

Football 25 Jan 2015 | 8:32 AM

Fit-again Sturridge on verge of Liverpool return

LONDON (Reuters) - England striker Daniel Sturridge, sidelined by a series of injuries since August, has an outside chance of returning for Liverpool's League Cup semi-final, second leg at Chelsea on Tuesday.

Football 25 Jan 2015 | 3:47 AM

Shock defeats for Chelsea and Manchester City in FA Cup

LONDON (Reuters) - Often derided and disrespected during the Premier League era, the FA Cup added another incredible chapter to its proud heritage on Saturday as Chelsea and Manchester City were humbled by supposed inferiors.

Football 25 Jan 2015 | 3:12 AM

Abu Dhabi trip not behind City's Cup exit, says Pellegrini

LONDON (Reuters) - Sunning themselves in Abu Dhabi and arriving home 19 hours before their FA Cup fourth-round tie against Middlesbrough was not the reason for Manchester City's shock 2-0 home defeat on Saturday, manager Manuel Pellegrini said.

Football 25 Jan 2015 | 2:57 AM

Berbatov on target as rock solid Monaco beat Lille

PARIS (Reuters) - AS Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov's second-half goal secured a 1-0 win at Lille on Saturday as they moved within striking distance of the European places in Ligue 1 with a seventh consecutive clean sheet.

Football 25 Jan 2015 | 2:32 AM

Late Bale penalty rescues Real after Ronaldo sent off

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off as leaders Real Madrid came from behind to beat Cordoba 2-1 in La Liga on Saturday thanks to a late Gareth Bale penalty.

Scoreboard 24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 AM

Two active coaches say experienced coaches should focus on grassroots

MALACCA: Two retired teachers passionate about badminton and cricket say it is high time to develop a much larger base of potentials and talents for both games at state levels.

Scoreboard 24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 AM

Dream trip to London up for grabs as contest enters its final week

As we enter the fourth round of FA Cup fourth round today, football fans dreaming of the money-can’t-buy grand prize of a trip to UK in March have the last chance to participate in The Star-Tiger FC Real Pitch Contest.