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2010 World Cup tickets for cash

Posted Thursday, April 15, 2010 by BBC.com

South African fans can buy 500,000 unsold World Cup tickets over the counter in shopping malls and supermarkets for cash from Thursday. Fifa agreed on Wednesday to drop a ruling that sales could only be made online or through a ballot procedure. There is still availability for all 64 games, including the final at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 11 July. "We are committed to facilitating the ...Full Story »

Rose puts thorn in Gunners title bid

Posted Thursday, April 15, 2010 by PA

Danny Rose fired a spectacular volley to earn Tottenham a 2-1 win and help deliver a seemingly fatal blow to Arsenal's Barclays Premier League title aspirations at White Hart Lane.The 19-year-old midfielder, making his first league start, smashed home Manuel Almunia's looping fisted clearance on the full from 30 yards out.The thunderbolt return screamed narrowly over Almunia's head and, though ...Full Story »

Latics waste chance to move clear

Posted Thursday, April 15, 2010 by PA

Wigan missed a golden opportunity to ease their relegation worries as they were held to a goalless draw by an already-relegated and understrength Portsmouth at the DW Stadium.Pompey's Jamie Ashdown was by far the busier goalkeeper but his display was certainly not in the brilliant category as the Latics squandered a number of chances.And although the draw lifted Wigan up a place to 16th they a...Full Story »

Villa hopes hit further

Posted Thursday, April 15, 2010 by PA

Aston Villa's faint hopes of achieving Champions League football suffered a setback despite Everton defender Phil Jagielka's injury-time own goal rescuing them a point in a 2-2 draw.Villa boss Martin O'Neill had challenged his side to win their remaining six games to give them a realistic hope of overhauling Manchester City and Tottenham.But they had to settle for a point after cancelling out T...Full Story »

Mullen treble as Brechin hit for six

Posted Thursday, April 15, 2010 by PA

Michael Mullen netted a hat-trick as Stirling moved into second place with a comprehensive 6-2 home win over Brechin.After Nathan Taggart's 18-yard effort hit the post in the 28th minute, the home side got their noses in front five minutes before the break from the penalty spot. Taggart was fouled by Kevin Byers and Chris Aitken made no mistake.Stirling were left frustrated by the woodwork agai...Full Story »

Baird gives United hope

Posted Thursday, April 15, 2010 by PA

A double from John Baird inspired Airdrie to a 3-0 win over Raith and kept their slim survival hopes alive.The hosts made the perfect start when they took the lead inside the opening five minutes. Scott McLaughlin whipped in a corner which Diarmuid O'Carroll flicked on and Baird was on hand to turn the ball home.Alan Trouten and McLaughlin had opportunities to double Airdrie's lead, while Graha...Full Story »

Ghana team at World Cup 2010

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by

Stars in the making: Ghana were the youngest team in Germany four years ago, and could be a handful at World Cup 2010  Ghana's World Cup record: 2006 2nd rd. How Ghana qualified for World Cup 2010: African Group D winners. The Coach: Milovan Rajevac (Serbian, 55). Appointed: August 2008. WC experience: Player: None. Coach: None. Rajevac is a Serbian who played for Borac Cacak, Red S...Full Story »

Lionel Messi sure Cesc Fábregas will leave Arsenal for Barcelona

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by theguardian.com

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his first goal in Barcelona's 4-1 win against Arsenal at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi has stated his belief that Cesc Fábregas will eventually leave Arsenal and return to Barcelona. Messi and Fábregas grew up together at Barça's much renowned La Masía academy, prior to the Spain midfielder joining Arsène Wenger's team in September 2003. "Cesc...Full Story »

Chelsea 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by theguardian.com

Didier Drogba, left, fights for the ball with Bolton defender Gary Cahill. Chelsea always believed they boasted the quality to regain their title. Now they might be convinced fortune is with them as well. A stubborn Bolton side were squeezed out here but the victory that has opened up Chelsea's four-point advantage at the top of the table was gleaned only amid the visitors' livid protestations...Full Story »

Anelka strike enough

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by PA

A first-half strike from Nicolas Anelka gave jittery Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Bolton and sent them four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.But it was evident from the laboured performance by Carlo Ancelotti's side that the title nerves are beginning to take hold.The Blues had to wait until the 43rd minute to break down a stubborn Bolton side who almost snatched a draw in t...Full Story »

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