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La Liga: More records as Ronaldo's 23rd treble cheers Real

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a record 23rd La Liga hat-trick to guide leaders Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

EPL: Aguero hurt as Manchester City close on beaten Chelsea

Manchester City trimmed Premier League leaders Chelsea's advantage to three points by beating Everton 1-0 on Saturday, but at the cost of a knee injury to talisman Sergio Aguero.

Dynamos stay in hunt for ISL semis

Brazilian forward Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos’ magical left-foot kept Delhi Dynamos in contention for a semifinal berth as they defeated Pune City FC by a solitary goal in the 13th round encounter of the Indian Super League.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli charged by FA over 'racist' post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was charged by the Football Association on Friday for re-posting a message on Instagram that contained racist and anti-Semitic references.

Let's football: ISL gets game's foot soldiers talking in India

To expect the moon from the maiden season of ISL would be reckless because it will take time to occupy mind space. Young footballers in the nation's capital are pragmatic enough to acknowledge that.

Arsenal has burnout fears over standout Sanchez

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says striker Alexis Sanchez is in danger of burnout. The Chile forward has been Arsenal's standout player this season, scoring 14 goals in 22 matches in his first year at the London club.

Pele recovering but no date for leaving hospital

Brazilian football legend Pele is recovering well from a kidney ailment, officials said on Wednesday, but it is unclear when he can leave the Sao Paulo hospital treating him.

Chelsea, Manchester City show Premier League might

Chelsea preserved their six-point advantage at the Premier League summit by beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on Wednesday, while Manchester City kept pace with a 4-1 success at Sunderland.

YouTube hit goal fires Stephanie Roche into Fifa award elite

Once a YouTube sensation, Stephanie Roche is enjoying her official place among world football's elite goal-scorers, after Fifa announced she had made its fan-voted Puskas Award shortlist. VIDEO INSIDE

Justice Mudgal attends ISL match alongside Ganguly

The Indian Super League match between Atletico de Kolkata and Delhi Dynamos had a surprise visitor in Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, who enjoyed the proceedings with former India captain Sourav Ganguly in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Ronaldo, Messi, Neuer shortlisted for Fifa's world player of the year

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face opposition from Germany's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as the short list for the world player of the year award was announced by Fifa.

Goal-scoring goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni keeps playing

Rogerio Ceni, Sao Paulo's record goal-scoring goalkeeper, on Friday shelved plans to retire despite his 42nd birthday fast approaching in January.

Blatter insists Qatar will keep 2022 World Cup

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said Qatar was in no danger of being stripped of the 2022 World Cup as new questions arose on Sunday over the awarding of hosting rights.

Sweet 16 for Real Madrid

Real Madrid secured a club record 16th straight victory when Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale struck in a laboured 2-1 win at Malaga on Saturday that put them five points clear of second-placed Barcelona in La Liga.

Clinical Man City crush Southampton, Spurs beat Everton

Champions Manchester City galvanised their pursuit of EPL leaders Chelsea with a 3-0 win over a Southampton side who have surprisingly come between the leading title protagonists.
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