STOKE-ON-TRENT: Chelsea ensured they will spend Christmas Day on top of the Premier League as goals from John Terry and Cesc Fabregas gave the leaders a gritty 2-0 victory at Stoke on Monday.
BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund went joint bottom of the Bundesliga on Sunday after Hanover 96 scored two late goals to draw 2-2 at Freiburg as Germany's top flight breaks for winter.
SEOUL: 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.
ATLETICO Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann hit a second half hat-trick as they came from behind to win 4-1 at Athletic Bilbao in a hard-fought La Liga clash on Sunday.
HONG KONG: Asian Tour CEO Mike Kerr says the outlook for golf in the continent is positive again after a difficult few years which saw tournaments scrapped and sponsors hard to find.
A first-half brace from Felipe Anderson was enough to secure third place for Lazio in Serie A prior to the festive break on Sunday in a hard-fought 2-2 draw away to Inter.
PARIS: Olympique de Marseille will go into the two-week Ligue 1 break at the top of the table thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s winning goal in a 2-1 home victory over Lille on Sunday.
WITH all hope of a first series triumph in Australia gone after defeats in the first two Tests, India need to draw on their reserves of pride and motivation to avoid a seventh straight Test loss on Australian soil this week.
ONE month ago, Manchester City languished eight points behind Chelsea in the Premier League and appeared to be on the point of Champions League elimination.
NEWCASTLE: Adam Johnson played the decisive role in Sunderland’s 1-0 win at Newcastle United in the Premier League, but only after persuading manager Gus Poyet to let him stay on the pitch.
THE Education Ministry is planning to have the Asean University Games (AUG) and the World University Games (WUG) added to the annual national sports calendar recognised by the National Sports Council (NSC).
LONDON: With Chelsea and Arsenal on the horizon, we’ll have a clearer idea about West Ham’s top-four credentials by the time those Christmas decorations are stored away for another year.
LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers felt his players demonstrated the character necessary to revitalise their challenge for a top-four Premier League finish in their last-gasp 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
HIS rise came in an era when the world had little to notice about Malaysia, but Thor Gim Soon played his little part in giving the country's some significant headlines.
IT has been an encouraging year for shuttler Ho Yen Mei who now wants to move a step higher by winning on the international stage.
THREE-TIME Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee has joined the stellar cast for the US$3 million (RM 10.5 million) Maybank Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on Feb 5-8.
THE International Hockey Confederation (FIH) and the Sports Commissioner’s Office have offered sound advice, but the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) is ready for war.
KUALA LUMPUR: Three-time Asian Tour order of merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand will spearhead the 2015 Maybank Malaysian Open cast from Feb 5 to 8, scheduled at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC), here.
MILAN: A first-half brace from Felipe Anderson was enough to secure third place for Lazio in Serie A prior to the festive break on Sunday in a hard-fought 2-2 draw away to Inter.
LIVERPOOL: A bloodied and bandaged Martin Skrtel headed home a last-gasp 97th-minute equaliser to earn Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.
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