LONDON: Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois backed team mate Diego Costa to continue his goalscoring spree after the striker scored the winner in Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League victory over bitter rivals Arsenal.
STOKE-ON-TRENT: Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will be without captain Ryan Shawcross for the League Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool on Tuesday.
STOKE-ON-TRENT: Manager Mark Hughes has no doubts Stoke City will recover from Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League humbling by Leicester City in time to capitalise on Liverpool’s defensive frailties in the second leg of the League Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is back in contention ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final against Stoke City at Anfield, but fullback Nathaniel Clyne could miss the game due to a knee injury, manager Juergen Klopp said on Monday.
MELBOURNE: Roger Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semi-final in 13 years with a clinical straight-sets win over Tomas Berdych on Tuesday.
MELBOURNE: World number one Serena Williams destroyed Maria Sharapova for an 18th straight time Tuesday to inflict more pain on her long-time Russian rival and power into the Australian Open semi-finals.
MELBOURNE: Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to her second Australian Open semi-final after beating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday.
LONDON: Thoughts of the 2013-14 run-in will be inspiring Manchester City’s players as they attempt to overturn a 2-1 deficit in Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg against Everton.
LONDON: Zigzagging across the road like a clown car they may be, but Liverpool are also just 90 minutes from Wembley ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg against Stoke City.
ROME: Italian football bosses should punish Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi for allegedly calling Juventus midfielder Mario Mandzukic “a sh**** gypsy” during a heated Serie A clash, rights groups said Monday.
LONDON: Dylan Hartley has been named England captain for the Six Nations despite a dire disciplinary record featuring more than a year’s worth of suspensions.
MELBOURNE: Two players at the Australian Open said Monday they have been interviewed by officials over reports their opponents may have deliberately lost their first round mixed-doubles fixture, fuelling fresh fears of match-fixing in tennis.
SYDNEY: Former professional tennis player and coach Nick Lindahl pleaded guilty in an Australian court on Monday to one charge related to match-fixing over a minor tournament game in 2013.
LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions that his side have a mental block regarding London rivals Chelsea following a 1-0 home defeat that carried an air of deja vu.
LONDON: Leicester City moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League as striker Jamie Vardy scored for the first time in eight matches to help them to a 3-0 home win over Stoke City.
BERLIN: Six months before the start of the Rio Olympics, IOC president Thomas Bach believes the summer games will be the perfect antidote to recent terror attacks and corruption scandals.
LIVERPOOL, England: Francesco Guidolin enjoyed a winning start as Swansea head coach on Sunday when the Welsh club won 2-1 at Everton in the Premier League.
TOKYO: Kotoshogiku captured the Emperor’s Cup at the New Year Grand Sumo tournament on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese-born winner for a decade.
GEORGETOWN: INDEPENDENT shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong failed to make it count in their first tournament of the year when they crashed out of the Malaysia Masters GP Gold today.
MELBOURNE, Australia: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have confirmed their quarterfinal date at the Australian Open, each advancing in straight sets on Sunday to ensure a rematch in Melbourne Park between last year’s finalists.
LONDON: Jose Mourinho has written a six-page letter to Manchester United outlining his credentials to succeed under-fire Louis van Gaal as manager, media reports suggested.
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Louis van Gaal admitted the furious reaction of Manchester United supporters to their side’s dismal 1-0 defeat against Southampton was the worst he has experienced in an increasingly turbulent season.
LONDON: Juergen Klopp said his crumpled glasses might end up in the Anfield museum after he broke them celebrating Liverpool’s stoppage time winner in a bizarre Premier League match at Norwich City that had him rubbing his eyes in amazement.
NORWICH, United Kingdom: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lost his glasses as he and his players jubilantly celebrated Adam Lallana’s 95th-minute winner in Saturday’s remarkable 5-4 victory at Norwich City.
Veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper, who spent 20 years at Newcastle United before leaving on a free transfer in 2013, signed for north-east rivals Sunderland on Friday.
LONDON: With Jose Mourinho gone and Chelsea languishing, Premier League leaders Arsenal have an opportunity to assert their supremacy over their London rivals in Sunday’s encounter at the Emirates Stadium.
THIS year’s tournament starting on February 6 will be watched perhaps more closely than before after what happened at the last World Cup a few months ago.
GEORGETOWN: Former world No 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei lived up to his billing as top seed by advancing to the semi-finals of the Malaysia Masters GP Gold today.
MELBOURNE: Former champion Maria Sharapova found inspiration in a change of dress to put away unseeded American Lauren Davis 6-1 6-7(5) 6-0 at the Australian Open on Friday and set up an intriguing fourth round match with rising Swiss talent Belinda Bencic.
MILAN: Juventus host struggling Roma looking to capitalise on a potential slip by embattled Napoli that could see the Old Lady snatch the lead of Serie A for the first time this season.
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