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Chelsea pair face fitness race for Man City showdown LONDON: Premier League leaders Chelsea could be without midfielder Cesc Fabregas and defender Filipe Luis for Saturday's top-of-the-table clash against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.Both came off during Chelsea's 1-0 victory in the Capital One (League) Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool on Tuesday, while Branislav Ivanovic, who headed the winner in extra-time, is also a doubt with a cut foot."Branislav could finish the game, Fabregas and Filipe couldn't," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho explained."Filipe has a calf problem, Fabregas has a hamstring."Mourinho added that Fabregas "said he wasn't yet injured but that he would be soon if he continued" but was uncertain whether he would be available for Saturday's game.Fabregas was replaced by Ramires five minutes into the second half, while Filipe Luis limped off after 78 minutes and was replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta.Chelsea's victory in a thrilling blood-and-thunder game went some way to alleviating their embarrassing 4-2 home defeat ...

Barca president slams FIFA rules over transfer ban BARCELONA: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes FIFA regulations concerning under-age player transfers needs to be revised and that current rules would have prevented Lionel Messi from joining the club.The Catalan side have been banned from signing players during this transfer window and the next one for breaking the rules over the signing of foreign under-18 players.Now Real Madrid are also being investigated by FIFA over the transfer of 51 players and there are rumours ...

Under-pressure Villa boss Lambert gets thumbs-up from boss LONDON: Despite a poor run of results in the Premier League, not many goals and a stadium full of disgruntled fans, Aston Villa's chief executive Tom Fox said on Wednesday manager Paul Lambert had the full support of American owner Randy Lerner.Villa, who started the season brightly and were second in the middle of September, have slipped to 15th in the table, the same lowly position they ended last season.Lambert's misfiring side have taken only ...

Djokovic, Wawrinka set up epic showdown, ill Serena through MELBOURNE: Top seed Novak Djokovic and champion Stan Wawrinka set up 'The Djoker v The Man 3.0' at Melbourne Park after impressive quarter-final victories on Wednesday, while an ill Serena Williams moved a step closer to her 19th grand slam title.The American, however, will first have to overcome the pure hitting of Madison Keys after the 19-year-old ended the fairytale run of Serena's older sister Venus, despite suffering from a thigh injury that hampered her ...

FA slap fine on Mourinho for referee comments LONDON: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined 25,000 pounds ($38,000) by the FA after claiming there was a "campaign" to influence referees' decisions against his team.Mourinho, 52, was in trouble for his comments after his side were denied a penalty in a 1-1 draw at Southampton in the Premier League on Dec. 28.The Portuguese contested the charge but the FA's Independent Regulatory Commission ruled the comments were "improper and brought the game into disrepute" ...

Serena, Sharapova hot favourites in Open semis MELBOURNE: Top seed Serena Williams remains on a collision course with arch-rival Maria Sharapova after rampaging into the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday.The 18-time Grand Slam champion was at her brutal best, crushing last year's finalist Dominka Cibulkova in straight sets to set up an all-American last four showdown with unseeded teenager Madison Keys.The other semi-final clash on Thursday is an all-Russian affair between second seed Sharapova, who owns five Grand Slam titles, and Ekaterina ...

Northamptonshire signs Shahid Afridi for English T20 stint Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been signed by Northamptonshire for the first six rounds of NatWest T20 Blast. According to foreign media reports, Head coach David Ripley said, “This is a very exciting signing for us. Shahid is without doubt the most outstanding spin bowling all-rounder in one day international cricket of the last five years. He is a fierce competitor and undoubted match winner with bat and ball.”Afridi will represent Northants at the England’s ...


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