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Chelsea stumbles to FA Cup draw vs. Birmingham
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LONDON (AP) — Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas came under even greater pressure Saturday after a 1-1 draw against Birmingham in the fifth round of the FA Cup left the Premier League club facing an unwanted replay. Villas-Boas acknowledged this week that he had lost the support of some players
Inter loses 3-0 at home to struggling Bologna
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MILAN (AP) — Claudio Ranieri's job was hanging in the balance on Friday after a disastrous defensive performance saw his Inter Milan side lose 3-0 at home to struggling Bologna in Serie A. Marco Di Vaio struck twice in less than a minute in the first half following two shocking Inter mistakes.
Hoffenheim draws 1-1 with Mainz in Bundesliga
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BERLIN (AP) — Hoffenheim's new coach Markus Babbel was unable to mark his home debut with a win Friday as Mainz came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga. The home side went ahead in the ninth minute when the unfortunate Nikolce Noveski deflected Boris Vukcevic's cross into his own
Pakistan bowler Kaneria accused in fixing plot
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LONDON (AP) — A judge sentencing an English cricketer to jail on Friday accused Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria of pressuring teammates at county side Essex to fix matches. Kaneria was cleared by police of wrongdoing, but the British judge was critical of his role in bowler Mervyn
Leverkusen players to give up Messi shirts
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LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — After seeing his defenders thoroughly outclassed by Lionel Messi, Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller was dismayed to hear they had been squabbling for his shirt. Messi scored one goal, set up another and hit the post in Barcelona's 3-1 Champions League
Man City wins 2-1 at Porto with late Aguero strike
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PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Sergio Aguero scored late as Manchester City rallied to beat Porto 2-1 in the Europa League last-32 on Thursday. Yaya Toure broke through the Porto defense with six minutes left and passed to his right for the Argentine striker to tap in. Silvestre Varela put Porto
United settles quickly in Europa League
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If Manchester United had a superiority complex about playing in the Europa League, it didn't show against Ajax. The English champions signaled their intention to take the continent's second-tier competition seriously as a virtually full-strength team beat Ajax 2-0 on Thursday, moving to the
Libertad beats Nacional 2-1 in Copa Libertadores
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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Paraguay's Libertad won 2-1 at Uruguay's Nacional on Thursday to take control of Group 5 in the Copa Libertadores. Marcos Aguirre gave Nacional a first-half lead, but goals in quick succession in the second half from Miguel Angel Samudio and Mauro Andres Caballero
UK politician walks long way for Olympic truce
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LONDON (AP) — It was a different kind of Olympic marathon. A member of the House of Lords walked from Greece to promote peace during the London Olympics, striding up to the center of Britain's government Wednesday after completing some 6.3 million steps. Carrying a bright red backpack,
Messi in Argentina squad for friendly versus Swiss
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Barcelona star Lionel Messi will headline Argentina's squad in an international friendly at Switzerland on Feb. 29. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella announced the squad Wednesday, the same day FIFA's rankings came out showing his national team had fallen out of
Allegri wary of Arsenal attack in Champions League
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MILAN (AP) — AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is wary of Arsenal's strength in attack as the Serie A champions bid to end their poor run against English clubs in the last 16 of the Champions League. Milan has been eliminated at this same stage of the Champions League by English clubs in
Lyon beats APOEL Nicosia 1-0 in Champions League
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LYON, France (AP) — Lyon overcame APOEL Nicosia's tight defense with a second-half goal by Alexandre Lacazette on Tuesday, giving the French side a narrow 1-0 advantage after the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 match. Lacazette fired in a powerful shot that deflected off APOEL
Barcelona wins 3-1 at Leverkusen in Champs League
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LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez starred for Barcelona in a 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen in the round of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. Messi scored and set up one of Sanchez's two goals to put the defending champions in control of the series following the
Zambia team returns home after African Cup win
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LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — With an escort of jet fighters screaming above and tens of thousands of screaming fans on the ground, Zambia's victorious soccer team flew home to a hero's welcome. The Copper Bullets, or Chipolopolo as the national team is called, descended from the plane Monday to meet
Barcelona sets sights on Champions League
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LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — With hopes of a fourth consecutive Spanish league title fading, Barcelona is turning its full attention to defending its European crown — which is bad news for Bayer Leverkusen. Both sides are having domestic troubles going into their meeting in Tuesday's Champions