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Whittaker shuns treble talk

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

Steven Whittaker has played down talk of a domestic treble and insists Rangers must guard against complacency instead.The full-back helped the Ibrox side take a major step towards claiming the first silverware of the season on Wednesday night as they beat St Johnstone to secure a place in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final. The 2-0 win at Hampden - thanks to goals from Steven Davis and Lee McC...Full Story »

Di Matteo hails hard-fought win

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo admitted his side were made to fight all the way for their 3-2 win over Coca-Cola Championship opponents Blackpool.Albion edged a thrilling encounter at the seaside with Graham Dorrans lashing home the winning penalty with seven minutes to play. Baggies manager Di Matteo said: "This was a really hard fought match. We have to dig in and fight for the points. No...Full Story »

Johnson facing make or break op

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

American surgeon Richard Steadman will perform an operation on Andy Johnson's knee on Thursday in a bid to save the striker's injury-plagued season. Johnson was missing from the Cottagers side which ended a run of five successive defeats with a 1-0 victory over the Barclays Premier League's bottom side Portsmouth. "He will have knee surgery in America, when they will go in and see what it is, an...Full Story »

Defoe could have had six - Redknapp

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was not at all surprised by Jermain Defoe's match-winning hat-trick that sunk Leeds in tonight's FA Cup fourth-round replay at Elland Road.Defoe's third treble of the season clinched the visitors a 3-1 win and a date at Bolton in the fifth round on the weekend of February 13-14. It also kept Spurs on course for their first FA Cup final since 1991. Redknapp, who t...Full Story »

Terry keeps counsel over captaincy

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

There will be no word from John Terry on Thursday after the under-fire Chelsea captain said he would not be speaking publicly about his future as England captain before meeting with coach Fabio Capello.Terry on Wednesday issued a brief statement in response to the continued interest in him following a media storm over alleged indiscretions in his private life, vowing to keep his silence until sp...Full Story »

Asian Debate: Is Park Chu-Young The Best Asian Striker And Can He Shoot South Korea To World Cup Glory?

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by Goal.com

Last weekend was a good one for Korean stars in Europe. Park Ji-sung scored his first goal of the season as Manchester United went to London to defeat Arsenal 3-1. Lee Chung-yong was Bolton Wanderers’ best player in their 2-0 defeat at Liverpool and Ki Sung-yong returned from injury to play for Celtic. Best of all though, was a brace from Park Chu-young in AS Monaco’s 3-2 win ove...Full Story »

Real Madrid Set Win Bonuses For Champions League & Primera Liga

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

Real Madrid's top brass have reportedly agreed individual player bonuses for winning the UEFA Champions League and Primera Liga following a meeting at the Bernabeu. Club president Florentino Perez, right hand man Jorge Valdano and director Emilio Pardeza met with club captain Raul and senior players Iker Casillas, Guti and Sergio Ramos to discuss the financial incentives. According to AS each ...Full Story »

Defoe hat trick gives Spurs FA Cup win at Leeds

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by AP

LONDON (AP)—Jermain Defoe scored three goals, leading Tottenham into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over third-tier Leeds on Wednesday night. Defoe put Spurs ahead in the 37th minute of the fourth-round replay, but Luciano Becchio tied the score in the 45th at Elland Road. Defoe got the go-ahead goal in the 73rd, then added his 20th goal of the season in stoppage time. ...Full Story »

In John Terry, soccer has its Tiger Woods—again

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by AP

PARIS (AP)—If England captain John Terry lifts soccer’s World Cup in July, his alleged marital infidelities will be forgotten—even forgiven—faster than you can say “Love Rat.” No one, other than Terry’s wife, perhaps, will recall model Alicia Douvall’s (paid for?) newspaper claim that the Chelsea defender seduced her in a London nightclub by placi...Full Story »

Jermain Defoe's hat-trick brings battling Leeds United's run to an end

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by theguardian.com

Jermain Defoe, centre, bundles in the second of his three goals for Tottenham. They travel to Bolton in the fifth round. Beating Hartlepool away next Saturday is, in the greater scheme of things, more important to Leeds United than knocking Tottenham Hotspur out of the FA Cup, but no-one who saw this hugely committed and at times frantic cup tie could accuse the United players of harbouring th...Full Story »

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