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Why have English teams flopped in Europe? LONDON: Despite their new £5.1 billion ($7.8 billion, 6.9 billion euros) television rights deal, the blanket failure of Premier League clubs in the Champions League has left England looking like Europe's poor relation.After Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal fell, Manchester City's elimination by Barcelona on Wednesday left England with no quarter-final representatives in Europe's elite club competition for the second time in three years.For a country that supplied three of the four semi-finalists in 2007, 2008 and 2009 -- and eight of the 16 finalists between 2005 and 2012 -- it appears to represent a startling fall from grace.And with Hull City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur having all fallen short in the Europa League, Everton were the last English team still standing in Europe prior to the second leg of their last 16 tie against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday.In the Champions League, English clubs have acquired an unfortunate queasiness about progressing ...


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Plisson named at fly-half for Six Nations finale MARCOUSSIS: Young Stade Francais fly-half Jules Plisson has been called up for France's final Six Nations clash with England on Saturday as coach Philippe Saint-Andre named a 16th different half-back pairing on Thursday.Plisson, 23, comes in for injured first-choice No.10 Camille Lopez, who misses the game at Twickenham due to a knee problem.With Sebastien Tillous-Borde remaining at scrum-half, it will be the 16th different half-back pairing Saint-Andre has picked in just over three years at ...

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Lakers' Young has fracture in knee cap LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young has a small fracture in his left knee cap that could sideline him for the last four weeks of the NBA season.The Lakers said a CT scan showed the break, which is expected to heal without surgery.The team said he would be re-evaluated on a weekly basis, but with just four weeks left in what has been a dismal season for the Lakers, it wasn't clear if ...

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Warriors shoot down Hawks in duel of top teams OAKLAND: The Golden State Warriors won the battle of the NBA's two best teams on Wednesday, routing the high-flying Atlanta Hawks 114-95.With a season-high 25 points from Harrison Barnes and 21 from Andre Iguodala, the Warriors shook off the injury absence of Klay Thompson and a so-so shooting night for Stephen Curry.With their 10th straight home win, the Western Conference-leading Warriors maintained the best record in the NBA at 54-13 -- narrowly ahead of Eastern ...

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Palmer says confidence key for Woods ORLANDO: Tiger Woods needs to regain his early career confidence if he is to find his way back to the pinnacle of golf, US legend Arnold Palmer said Wednesday, a few weeks ahead of the Masters where Woods hopes to stage his return to the game.Speaking on the eve of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Palmer said 14-time major champion Woods needs practice to rebuild that confidence.Palmer said he supported Woods' decision to ...

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'Hart is a phenomenon', says impressed Messi BARCELONA: Lionel Messi was in the unusual position of having to laud one of his opponents for once as Joe Hart produced a sensational performance, albeit to no avail, as Barcelona eliminated Manchester City from the Champions League on Wednesday.Hart made 10 saves on the night to restrict Barca to a 1-0 victory thanks to Ivan Rakitic's solitary strike on the half-hour mark which sealed a 3-1 aggregate triumph.Messi teed up the Croatian with a ...

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McIlroy seeks Masters boost at Bay Hill ORLANDO: World number one Rory McIlroy is looking for a strong showing at his first Arnold Palmer Invitational to set him up nicely for a tilt at the Masters next month.McIlroy got 2015 off to a strong start with a runner-up finish on the European Tour in Abu Dhabi followed by a victory in Dubai. But in his first two US PGA Tour starts of the year he missed the cut at the Honda Classic ...