HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014


Three accused plead guilty in Australian fixing scandal

A Malaysian national and two English players pleaded guilty to fixing soccer matches in Australia's second tier Victorian Premier League on Friday.

A metaphor for extravagance

If they wanted to look wasteful, extravagant and divorced from the gritty reality of Brazil’s millions of poor, World Cup organisers outdid themselves by choosing this remote, luxury beach resort as the venue for this week’s draw.

After win at home, Chelsea resolve encourages Mourinho

Jose Mourinho believes his Chelsea side are starting to show the character needed of a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title.

Pellegrini sets City away-day target

Manuel Pellegrini has challenged his Manchester City side to take maximum points from their two away games at West Bromwich Albion and Southampton as the wealthy Premier League club close in on Arsenal at the top of the table.

Balotelli back on target as Milan beat Catania

Mario Balotelli scored his first league goal in over two months as struggling Serie A giants Milan secured a precious 3-1 win away to 10-man Catania on Sunday.

Rooney rescues United, Hull City shock Liverpool

Wayne Rooney scored twice to help Manchester United stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games in an entertaining 2-2 Premier League draw at Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool were upset 3-1 at Hull City on Sunday.

Bale delivers as Real Madrid win 4-0 against Valladolid

Gareth Bale took his tally to eight goals in his last seven games with a hat-trick as Real Madrid shrugged off the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to beat Valladolid 4-0.

Ramsey scores double against Cardiff, Arsenal win 3-0

Wales international Aaron Ramsey scored a double for his current side Arsenal in their 3-0 victory over his former team Cardiff City on Saturday at the Welsh capital.

Ronaldo still the best for hat-trick hero Bale

Gareth Bale insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo remains the world's best player in his eyes as the Welshman ably filled the Portuguese's shoes with his first Real Madrid hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Valladolid on Saturday.

Test of character for Tottenham Hotspur

Seven days on from their 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City last weekend, Tottenham Hotspur face another daunting assignment on Sunday when improving Manchester United visit White Hart Lane.

Barcelona loses Puyol, Alves for Bilbao trip

Barcelona will be missing defenders Carles Puyol and Dani Alves for Sunday’s Spanish league game at Athletic Bilbao. The league leaders say Puyol won’t travel after picking up a knee injury while Alves is sidelined due to pain in his right leg.

Liverpool striker Sturridge injures ankle

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is expected to miss his side's Premier League trip to Hull City on Sunday after the club announced on Saturday that he has sprained his ankle.

No risking Ronaldo: Real play it safe

Cristiano Ronaldo will play no part in Real Madrid’s home clash with Valladolid on Saturday as coach Carlo Ancelotti opts to take no risks with the Portuguese star’s fitness.

Welshman Ramsey set for homecoming

Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey returns to his roots on Saturday seeking to propel Arsenal to victory at former club Cardiff City and lift them seven points clear in the Premier League.

Sao Paulo stadium to stay World Cup venue

The stadium will not be removed from the WC roster despite an accident that claimed two lives and will delay its completion. One of 12 Brazilian venues for the football extravaganza, it will also host five other games, including a semi-final.
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