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World football stars remember Japan quake dead

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Players at the Club World Cup in Japan paid tribute Sunday to those who lost their lives and livelihoods in the March earthquake that left 20,000 dead or missing, nine months on from the disaster. Santos striker Borges had a prolific stint with Vegalta Sendai in 2006—a club based in the northeast part of Japan that was hardest hit by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami on Mar...Full Story »

Porto wins at Beira Mar, clear on top

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LISBON, Portugal (AP)—Porto recovered from a goal down to win 2-1 at Beira Mar on Saturday, with goals from James Rodriguez and Hulk moving the champions clear atop the Portuguese league standings. Chinese striker Xhang gave Beira Mar the lead in the 33rd minute, but Rodriguez equalized seven minutes later, and Hulk hit the winning goal in the 59th minute to give Porto a three-point lead ...Full Story »

Man United reasserts authority in England

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AP)—Manchester United responded well to its humiliating exit from the Champions League, rediscovering its scoring touch in a 4-1 victory over Wolverhampton on Saturday that kept the pressure on Premier League leader Manchester City. Nani and Wayne Rooney—with his first goals since mid-September—both scored twice in a romp at Old Trafford to leave United two points behi...Full Story »

Goals key for new Sunderland boss O'Neill

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Martin O'Neill will take charge of his first match as Sunderland manager when fellow Premier League strugglers Blackburn Rovers visit the Stadium of Light on Sunday. The Black Cats are just a point in front of Rovers, who are themselves in the relegation zone. O'Neill has a reputation for galvanising faltering teams and it his man-management skills, as much as his tactical appreciation, which ...Full Story »

Everton FC prospect Ross Barkley to sign a new five-year deal next week after celebrating his 18th birthday

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 by liverpoolecho.co.uk

EVERTON FC expect Ross Barkley to sign a new five-year deal next week after celebrating his 18th birthday. The England Under-21 midfielder turned 18 on Monday, and his agent is currently finalising terms with EFC, who are keen to tie him down for the long term to ward off Manchester United and Chelsea. Barkley, who has made five appearances so far this season, agreed his first professional d...Full Story »

Neil Warnock: I’ll never forgive Rafa Benitez

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 by Dailystar.co.uk

Above: Neil Warnock still bears a grudge against Rafa Benitez Neil Warnock has no problem with Liverpool – but admits he’ll forever hold a grudge against their former manager Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard was in charge of the Reds in May 2007 when Warnock’s Sheffield United side were relegated from the Premier League, a fate he believes Benitez largely contributed to. Liverpool...Full Story »

Boas boys

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 by Dailystar.co.uk

Above: Andre Villas-Boas could sign either Pato or Robinho from AC Milan if they sign Carlos Tevez CHELSEA boss Andre Villas-Boas can sign either Pato or Robinho from AC Milan if the Italian giants sign Man City’s Carlos Tevez. CHELSEA will be given the chance to sign either Pato or Robinho from AC Milan if the Italian club land Carlos Tevez. AC have let it be known that one of the Braz...Full Story »

Wonder Rob was under Per

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 by The Sun

VOLLEY GOOD SHOW ... Robin van Persie celebrates his stunner with Theo Walcott ARSENE WENGER claimed Robin van Persie was not at his best despite his Emirates wonder goal. The Dutchman made it 19 for the season with a sublime volley to make sure Arsenal's 125th anniversary celebrations did not turn sour. But Gunners boss Wenger insisted the player was well below par as the Londoners stuttered...Full Story »

Gomes to take over as Portuguese federation president

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LISBON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Fernando Gomes will take over from Gilberto Madail as president of the Portuguese Football Federation from next year after beating his only opponent, Carlos Marta, in a ballot on Saturday. Gomes, 59, will leave his current job as president of the Portuguese Professional Football League, the body that oversees the Portuguese Premier League, League Cup and Liga de Honra...Full Story »

Wigan rallies to beat West Brom 2-1

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP)—Jordi Gomez lifted Wigan off the foot of the Premier League table by converting a second-half penalty to clinch a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. The Spanish midfielder found the corner in the 57th minute after Victor Moses was fouled by West Brom right back Steven Reid, who had put the hosts ahead in the 33rd with a sublime free kick. Moses, ...Full Story »

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