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Leeds send Manchester United crashing out of FA Cup

Posted Monday, January 04, 2010 by The Independent

Leeds emerged from five years of hurt to inflict some pain of their own as Jermaine Beckford's first-half goal sent old enemies Manchester United crashing out of the FA Cup. It is six years since Leeds' loyal fans have made this particular trip - and not since 1981 have they returned across the Pennines celebrating victory. But in manager Simon Grayson they have a man with the club in his he...Full Story »

Watford's Jay DeMerit relishes Chelsea challenge as World Cup taster

Posted Sunday, January 03, 2010 by theguardian.com

Jay DeMerit, right, celebrates Watford's equaliser at Bristol City last Monday with his team-mate John Eustace. The American has become a key player for both club and country. Watford's captain sees the trip to Stamford Bridge as a stepping stone to facing England in the World Cup for the USA is a footballing life less ordinary. Bartender, bouncer, painter and decorator, sculptor, product desi...Full Story »

Frank Lampard gets more credit than he deserves, says Florent Malouda

Posted Sunday, January 03, 2010 by theguardian.com

Florent Malouda (left) says Frank Lampard (right) is getting more credit than he deserves for his Chelsea performances. Photograph: Action Images Chelsea's Florent Malouda believes Frank Lampard is getting more credit than his performances deserve and says he is frustrated at Stamford Bridge playing second fiddle to the England midfielder. Malouda said that Lampard's status at the club is enhan...Full Story »

Manchester United and Leeds duel again amid memories of epic battles

Posted Sunday, January 03, 2010 by theguardian.com

'Matches against Leeds were always really big games,' says the former Manchester United striker Lou Macari. 'To be honest they often got the better of us.' Photograph: Getty Images Europe There's a big game taking place at Old Trafford this afternoon. The television cameras will be there, the biggest crowd of the weekend will turn up even if the occasion is not quite sold out, and at the end ev...Full Story »

Reading 1 - 1 Liverpool

Posted Sunday, January 03, 2010 by BBC.com

Simon Church is congratulated on his first-half opener for Reading. Championship strugglers Reading deservedly forced a replay against Liverpool after an entertaining and finely balanced FA Cup third-round tie at the Madejski Stadium. Reading have won only five of their 24 Championship fixtures and are 20th in the table after a disappointing season that saw them recently part company with mana...Full Story »

Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Man City

Posted Sunday, January 03, 2010 by BBC.com

Just over 12,000 supporters were in attendance to for the visit of Man City Manchester City edged past a spirited Middlesbrough side to maintain Roberto Mancini's unblemished record and book a place in the FA Cup fourth round. Benjani broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time when he swept home an incisive pass from Martin Petrov. Boro impressed with their workrate and commitment, but st...Full Story »

Sergio Aguero commits future to Atletico Madrid

Posted Saturday, January 02, 2010 by BBC.com

The Argentine has been linked with a move to Chelsea as well as attracting interest from several other top clubs. "I have always made my commitment to Atletico clear and the whole world knows it," said the 21-year-old Aguero. "One shouldn't pay too much attention to everything that comes out, the only thing I am doing is playing and thinking about the team." Media reports have suggested ...Full Story »

Palace fears grow as players go unpaid

Posted Saturday, January 02, 2010 by The Independent

Like Portsmouth earlier this week, Crystal Palace have again failed to pay their players wages on time. In Palace's case, this is the second successive month, raising fears the Championship club is in danger of being forced into administration. As of last month, "cash flow" is said to be the problem, and the wages are expected to be paid next week. Palace are already under a transfer embargo a...Full Story »

What we learned this year… Unusual suspects are game for a laugh

Posted Friday, January 01, 2010 by theguardian.com

The Liverpool beach ball was one of sport's supporting cast that played a starring role in 2009. Photograph: Getty Images The year in sport has been dotted with unusual objects, a cast of inanimate gatecrashers that have picked their moment to leap up out of the landfill site and squat briefly centre stage. Sport has always been vulnerable to interruptions by the everyday. Usually the gamb...Full Story »

Old hero Peter Reid the favourite as Bolton consider Shearer-Speed alliance

Posted Friday, January 01, 2010 by BBC.com

Peter Reid, the Stoke No2, has not managed in the tiop flight since 2003 but is deeply experienced. Photograph: Action Images Peter Reid has emerged as the leading candidate for the managerial vacancy at Bolton Wanderers. Although a formal approach has not yet been made, it is understood that there is real interest from the Reebok in the Stoke City No2, and that his current employers would not ...Full Story »

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