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Pellegrini backs Mangala to shine for City MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims he has complete faith in French defender Eliaquim Mangala ahead of the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Eastlands on Saturday.City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out until the start of 2015 with a recurrence of a hamstring problem, so Mangala will get a run of games at centre-back alongside Martin Demichelis.And Pellegrini believes the France international, who joined the English champions from Porto during the close season for £24.3 million ($38 million), will prove his worth during a hectic festive period after struggling at times in his first season in the Premier League."Of course we have a lot of trust in Mangala. That's why we bought him," Pellegrini said."Maybe he has made some mistakes in the Premier League and maybe he has delayed a bit to be settled here."But we continue to trust in him because I am sure he ...

Koeman says Saints can recover from reality check SOUTHAMPTON: Ronald Koeman believes Southampton's clash with Everton at St Mary's on Saturday will provide a vital test of his team's character.Saints manager Koeman had enjoyed an almost perfect introduction to life in the Premier League during the opening months of the campaign as the Dutchman steered Southampton up to second place.But a run of five successive defeats -- four in the league followed by Tuesday's shock loss in the League Cup quarter-finals at third ...

Barca hope to end year on Madrid's coattails MADRID: Barcelona's star strikers will need to rediscover their scoring touch to stay in the title race in La Liga as the Catalan outfit host struggling Cordoba on Saturday.In the absence of the injured Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez drew a blank in a 0-0 draw at Getafe last weekend that saw Luis Enrique's men fall four points behind in-form league leaders Real Madrid.However, with the European champions playing San Lorenzo in the final ...

Marseille, PSG and Lyon in three-way fight in France PARIS: Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon head into the final round of games before Christmas this weekend looking to take the symbolic crown of Ligue 1's 'Autumn Champions'.The significance of being on top of the table at the season's halfway stage is debatable, although PSG looked down on the rest of Ligue 1 at Christmas in each of the last two years before eventually being crowned champions in May.The capital club come into this weekend ...

Bruised Toulon limp back to Top 14 action PARIS: French and European champions Toulon return to Top 14 duty on Saturday missing a host of international stars and bristling with resentment over a 12-week ban handed out to full-back Delon Armitage.Adding to the champions' discomfort is the knowledge that fellow cash-rich giants Racing-Metro have already started their assault on future domination with their audacious capture of All Blacks superstar Dan Carter.Toulon have a one-point lead over Clermont at the top of the table ...

Rondo reportedly headed to Mavs LOS ANGELES: The Boston Celtics have traded versatile point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for three key players and an NBA first-round draft pick, US media reported Thursday.The Dallas Morning News, citing an unnamed source, said the Mavericks will give up Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and Jae Crowder -- three key members of their playing rotation -- along with their 2015 first-round draft selection in a deal that will also bring Dwight Powell ...

Australia v India 2nd Test scoreboard BRISBANE: Scoreboard at lunch on the third day of the second Test between Australia and India at the Gabba on Friday:India 1st innings 408 (M. Vijay 144, A. Rahane 81; J. Hazlewood 5-68)Australia 1st innings (overnight 221-4)C. Rogers c Dhoni b Yadav 55D. Warner c Ashwin b Yadav 29S. Watson c Dhawan b Ashwin 25S. Smith not out 110S. Marsh c Ashwin b Yadav 32M. Marsh b I. Sharma 11B. Haddin c Pujara b Aaron ...


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