LONDON, England Lionel Messi has pushed clear of Cristiano Ronaldo in the ESM Golden Shoe rankings
after Barcelona's Argentina star scored a further goal at the weekend while his Portuguese rival
from Real Madrid drew a blank. The Spanish league is the only one with three representatives in the
top 11 Barcelona's David Villa [.
Abhinav CJ's Note: The Cynical Jerk returns from another hiatus having rejected offers from the likes of Blidarzz, 95 Minutes (includes Fergie Time) and Four-Four-Three (includes refs) while he was out â€“ much to the chagrin of the readers of this website and the relief of one particular fellow writer.
Everton v Arsenal Preview by KJ This weekend has felt so empty without Arsenal playing. It just
shows how grossly dependent I am on them for my fix. Anyway, Arsenal returns to Merseyside to play
the blue side of Liverpool. Everton have been on a decent run and thanks to them, Arsenal have
closed the [.
LONDON, England Less than three months ago Arsenal were in sight of an unprecedented quadruple. Now
that number â€“ four â€“ is again within sight but with an entirely different connotation. If
Manchester City win at Bolton on Sunday they will finish third, even if Arsenal win,
simultaneously, against Fulham.
LONDON, England Sir Alex Ferguson has been named Barclays Manager of the Season, with Nemanja Vidic
taking the player's prize. Manchester United clinched the Premier League title with last weekend's
draw at Blackburn and will receive the trophy at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Red Devils have also
made it through to the final [.
LONDON, England Manchester United will face the winners of the tie between Arsenal and Leyton
Orient in the FA Cup quarter-finals, throwing up the possibility that the Premier League's top two
sides could clash at Old Trafford. The two great rivals last met in the competition when United
defeated Arsenal 4-0 in the fifth [.
LONDON, England Â Last August, at the start of the most eagerly-awaited Manchester season in years,
the respective strengths of dominant United and big-spending City were personalised in the talents
of one-time Old Trafford team-mates Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. Since then both icons of their
respective clubs have endured the turbulence of contract disputes [.
Sunderland new signing Sulley Muntari reckons the Black Cats need to bounce back from a
disappointing few weeks if they want to finish in the Premier League top six. The former Portsmouth
midfielder arrived in the north-east on loan from Inter Milan during January and made his debut in
Sunderland's disappointing defeat to Stoke City [.
POSTED: February 2nd 2011 NewsUpdate LONDON, Feb 02: Wayne Rooney has warned Manchester United to
beware Chelsea even though they dealt more efficiently than either the champions or Arsenal in
disposing of Aston Villa 3-1. Arsenal are five points adrift and Chelsea 10 points adrift behind
but strengthened in attack and defence by the Â£70m [.
Chelsea may not have fully overcome the chinks in their armour that threatened to derail their
assault on multiple trophies and titles this season, with defensive lapses still a feature of their
game against Sunderland earlier this week, but the signs are that the Blues' slump is coming to a
LONDON, England Holders Chelsea needed a late equalizer by Salomon Kalou to snatch a 1-1 draw that
kept it in the FA Cup after a Louis Saha header had put Everton on course for a fourth-round upset
at Goodison Park. In another of the weekend's five all-Premier League ties Aston Villa beat
Blackburn Rovers [.
NEWCASTLE, England Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fears Alan Smith could be out for the season with
the ankle injury he sustained in last weekend's derby against Sunderland. The midfielder had a scan
on the joint on Wednesday and complications from a previous injury mean his absence is likely to be
far longer than first [.
LIVERPOOL, England Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is still searching for a first victory since
his return to Anfield and needed Dirk Kuyt's penalty to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw Sunday in the
Merseyside derby with Everton in the Premier League. Dalglish took over from Roy Hodgson last
weekend and has since lost [.
Manchester United have been very guarded about how they view rivals City, so it s good to see Ryan
Giggs finally coming out and admitting Roberto Mancini's side are genuine title rivals, something
that has been reflected in the odds for Premier League winner for a while now. The Blue half of
Manchester have made [.
As Kenny Dalglish dons the red and white tracksuit once more for his first Anfield training session
since 1991 the feeling of relief among the supporters is palpable. Whether justified or not the
supporters angst and anger towards Roy Hodgson had reached unsustainable levels, meaning his all to
inevitable departure was the only way to [.
PARIS, France â€” Lille claimed their first French league title since 1954 despite being held to a
2-2 draw at French Cup final victims Paris Saint-Germain in a heated encounter here on Saturday.
Victors over PSG in last weekend's cup showdown, Lille required just a point to complete the second
league and cup double in [.
PARIS, France â€” Lyon gave themselves the perfect morale boost for next Tuesday's Champions League
home clash with Real Madrid on Friday as they eased to a 4-0 victory over Nancy. However, while
goals from Yoann Gourcuff, Jeremy Pied, Miralem Pjanic and the outstanding Jimmy Briand saw them
move into provisional second in the league [.
NUREMBERG, Germany â€” Nuremberg extended its winning run in the Bundesliga to four games on
Friday, when goals from Julian Schieber, Robert Mak and Almog Cohen earned a 3-0 home win over
Eintracht Frankfurt. Frankfurt has yet to win in the Bundesliga in 2011, and has been outscored by
11 goals to none since the [.
LONDON, England Arsenal secured their place in the League Cup final after sweeping aside Ipswich
with a 3-0 win in the semi-final second leg at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. Ipswich had an
upset in their sights when the Championship side reached half-time at 0-0, but second half goals
from Nicklas Bendtner, Laurent Koscielny [.
ROME, Italy â€“ Udinese ended Leonardo's perfect record since taking over as Inter Milan coach with
a 3-1 win over the Italian champions on Sunday while city rivals Milan retained their four-point
lead at the top. Inter, aiming for a sixth straight win since the Brazilian's arrival in the San
Siro dugout, took the lead [.
ROME, Italy â€” Lazio, Roma and Juventus all snatched late winners to keep their Serie A title
hopes alive on a day of late drama on Sunday. Libor Kozak struck six minutes from time to earn
third-placed Lazio a 1-0 win at home to Sampdoria and draw them level on points with second-placed
Napoli, who [.
DALLAS, Texas The highest level of soccer competition in the world is coming to Dallas for the
Green Soccer Bowl tournament, Feb. 26-27 at the Cotton Bowl. The weekend tournament will pit the
national teams from Nigeria, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama against each other.Â Nigeria will be
using the tournament as a tune-up [.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. About 6,000 teen soccer players will be in Las Vegas for a holiday weekend
tournament featuring 332 teams from 26 states and seven foreign countries. The Las Vegas Mayor's
Cup International Showcase runs Friday through Monday for players ages 14 to 19. It's being touted
as the largest youth soccer tournament [.
WIGAN, England â€” Ivan Klasnic fired Bolton Wanderers to a 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic in their FA
Cup fourth-round replay at the DW Stadium on Wednesday. Owen Coyle's side can look forward to a
fifth-round trip to Fulham this weekend thanks to Croatian striker Klasnic's second-half winner.
While Wanderers' Wembley bid remains alive, Wigan [.
PARIS, France â€” Marseille and Lyon both came from behind to breathe new life into their title
challenges on Saturday, with OM beating Sochaux 2-1 and OL overpowering derby rivals Saint-Etienne
4-1. Andre-Pierre Gignac was the match-winner for Marseille at Sochaux, as the defending champions
secured a victory that took them up to second place [.
MELBOURNE, Australia â€” Melbourne Victory captain Manny Muscat will likely end his career in
Australian football's A-League under suspension after being banned for eight weeks for a dangerous
tackle. Muscat, a Malta international, was handed the ban for a tackle on the Melbourne Heart's
Adrian Zahra during a heated derby last weekend.
?WOLFSBURG, Germany â€” Former England coach Steve McClaren was sacked by Wolfsburg on Monday, with
the club battling against relegation from the Bundesliga. "We were no longer convinced that we
could finish the season with stability by working together with Steve McClaren," the Wolfsburg
general manager Dieter Hoeness said on the club's website.
DORTMUND, Germany â€” Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer produced an outstanding performance on Friday
to earn his side Schalke 04 a point after a goalless draw at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.
With Germany set to face Italy in a friendly here at Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday,
Neuer boosted his chances of facing the Italians [.
HAMBURG, Germany Substitute Mladen Petric scored in the 65th minute and Hamburg edged Eintracht,
1-0, on Friday at HSH Nordbank Arena to win its third straight Bundesliga match. Hamburg moved up
one spot to sixth and level on points with fifth-place Bayern Munich ahead of the weekend matches.
Eintracht lost for the third time [.
LONDON, England Â - A second key presenter for Sky Sports News left the network Wednesday over a
sexism row engulfing the British broadcaster. Anchorman Richard Keys resigned after 20 years with
the network, a day after his fellow presenter Andy Gray was fired. The scandal was sparked by
off-air footage from Saturday of Keys and [.
Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has snubbed a move to Tottenham Hotspur days after agreeing to
join the club. Pienaar had also held talks with Chelsea over a move but instead is said to have
agreed to move to a "major European side" according Sky Sports News. The South African has been a
long term target [.