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Title hopes dented by Villa draw, says van Gaal BIRMINGHAM: Louis van Gaal fears Manchester United's failure to beat Aston Villa will prove a major blow to their hopes of winning the Premier League title.United's slim chance of reviving their bid to become English champions suffered a setback on Saturday as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at 10-man Aston Villa.Radamel Falcao's first goal since October 5 cancelled out Christian Benteke's fine opener for Villa, yet the contest was later overshadowed by referee Lee Mason's controversial dismissal of Gabriel Agbonlahor for a seemingly innocuous challenge on former Villa team-mate Ashley Young.It ended United's run of six successive victories as they lost ground on rivals Manchester City, who had earlier moved level on points with leaders Chelsea ahead of their trip to Stoke on Monday. It leaves the gap between those two and United, who sit third, at seven points.Asked if that this was the sort of ...

Mourinho backs Chelsea to avoid more Stoke misery STOKE-ON-TRENT: Jose Mourinho knows Chelsea must avoid a repeat of last season's nightmare trip to Stoke if they are to re-establish their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League.Mourinho's side travel to the Britannia Stadium 48 hours after Manchester City's 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace drew the champions level on points with the Blues.City are behind the leaders only on goal difference and while Chelsea boss Mourinho insists his team will not feel ...
Koeman hopes Saints can continue revival SOUTHAMPTON: Ronald Koeman is confident Southampton can rediscover the form that took them to second place in the Premier League after ending a run of five straight defeats with a 3-0 win over Everton.Koeman's side surprised almost everybody with their impressive start that came to an abrupt halt when they were beaten at home by Manchester City last month.That defeat triggered an alarming run that saw them lose four league games and hit a new ...
Bayern's domination sparks 'boring Bundesliga' debate BERLIN: Bayern Munich will start 2015 with a record 11-point lead in the Bundesliga, sparking debate over how to stop Germany's top flight becoming boring.Pep Guardiola's Bayern have brushed off their domestic rivals with ease and are poised to become the first team to go through a Bundesliga campaign unbeaten on their way to what would be a third consecutive title. They set more records in Friday's 2-1 comeback win at Mainz having conceded just ...
Redskins put Eagles on playoff brink LANDOVER: Kai Forbath booted a field goal in the dying seconds as the Washington Redskins stunned Philadelphia 27-24 Saturday, dealing the Eagles' playoff hopes a serious blow.Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal with just five seconds left in regulation for the Redskins who snapped a six-game National Football League losing skid in front of a crowd of close to 80,000 at FedEx Field.Philadelphia has lost three straight games since a US Thanksgiving holiday win at ...
Rondo makes successful debut with Mavericks DALLAS: Rajon Rondo tallied six points and nine assists in his Dallas debut as he helped lead the Mavericks to a 99-93 win over the short-handed San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.The four-time all-star Rondo also had seven rebounds for the Mavericks who snapped a 10 game regular season losing streak to the reigning NBA champions.Point guard Rondo was acquired from the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade two days ago in exchange for Jameer Nelson, ...
Dutch striker Huntelaar extends Schalke deal BERLIN: Netherlands' international striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has extended his contract with Schalke 04 until June 2017, the Bundesliga side announced on Saturday.'The Hunter', 31, joined Schalke from AC Milan in 2010 for a club record 14 million euros (US$17.1m) and has scored 66 goals in 116 league games for the Royal Blues with an option of an extra year in his new contract.Schalke, who have drawn Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions ...


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