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Hiddink all but concedes Champions League qualification LONDON: Until Sunday's draw with Manchester United, Chelsea's Guus Hiddink believed his side could qualify for next season's Champions League with a top-four finish but he has now virtually written off their chances.A new head coach will be at Stamford Bridge next season after interim manager Hiddink's tenure ends, but the next incumbent is unlikely to oversee a 14th successive season of Champions League football according to the Dutchman.Hiddink now thinks it is unlikely Chelsea will finish in the Premier League top four and also believes they have a huge task ahead of them against runaway French league leaders Paris St Germain when they meet in the last 16 over the next few weeks.Sunday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge left the champions 13th in the table, seven points clear of relegation but 17 points off fourth spot."Even before, when we were one point ahead of the relegation zone, I said ...


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Terry says 'no communication' with Chelsea over new deal LONDON: Chelsea captain John Terry said there had been "no communication" between him and the club following his announcement that he was leaving at the end of the season.Terry, 35, said last week that he had not been offered a new deal when his contract expires in the close season."I made it very clear I wanted to stay," he told Sky Sports after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United."It's a difficult one," added Terry, who ...

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United's bright display topped off by Lingard's fine goal LONDON: Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard showed England coach Roy Hodgson what he could do on Sunday with a superb strike at Chelsea that looked set to secure victory until the hosts snatched a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.With just over an hour played at Stamford Bridge, Lingard, a 23-year-old forward with fewer than 15 United appearances to his name, showed a touch of class to silence the home crowd.A low cross from 19-year-old ...

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Arsenal win at Bournemouth, United held by Chelsea LONDON: Arsenal got their title bid back on track with a comfortable 2-0 victory at lowly Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday before Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw after conceding a stoppage time goal at Chelsea.A first win for Arsenal in four games took them level on 48 points with second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, their bitter local rivals who have a superior goal difference.Surprise package Leicester City are five points clear at ...

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Leaders Olympiakos beat PAOK on Gate 7 anniversary ATHENS: Olympiakos Piraeus's Omar Elabdellaoui earned the Super League leaders a 1-0 home win over PAOK Salonica on an emotionally-charged Sunday night which marked the 35th anniversary of the Karaiskaki Stadium disaster.Both teams honoured the memory of the 21 fans who lost their lives in what remains Greece's biggest sporting tragedy by laying wreaths and flowers ahead of kick-off during a brief memorial service in front of the Gate 7 area of the stadium.Twenty Olympiakos ...

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Picamoles out for several weeks PARIS: France No.8 Louis Picamoles may play no further part in the Six Nations after pulling a hamstring, the national team said on Sunday.Picamoles had to come off after just 15 minutes of France's tight 23-21 win over Italy in their six Nations opener on Saturday.And the national team released a statement on Sunday saying he has a "pulled hamstring in his right leg" and "will miss France's next games and must rest for several ...

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Hingis, Bencic take Switzerland into Fed Cup semi-finals BERLIN: Martina Hingis rolled back the years on Sunday as her doubles win alongside Belinda Bencic sealed Switzerland's 3-2 win over Germany in their Fed Cup World Group first round-match.Teenager Bencic and Hingis, 35, who won her 12th Grand Slam doubles title in last weekend's Australian Open final alongside India's Sania Mirza, needed just over an hour to seal their 6-3, 6-2 win over Germany's Andrea Petkovic and Anna-Lena Groenefeld in Leipzig.Bencic won three points ...